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    Research Biomechanist (Engineer)
    The Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research &
    Development Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and
    Prosthetic Engineering (Seattle, WA) has a position available for a
    Research Biomechanist (Engineer) with emphasis on motion analysis.
    The mission of our Center is to improve the quality of life and
    functional status of veterans who are at risk for lower limb
    amputation and veterans who are amputees. The successful candidate
    will assist the center directors, senior staff, collaborating
    investigators and University of Washington graduate students in the
    design and execution of research studies appropriate to this mission.
    Duties will include: assisting in research study design, development
    of methodology, working with human subjects, conducting experiments,
    data analysis and reporting of results. Additional tasks include
    assistance with grant writing and manuscript preparation. Supervisory
    functions include providing direction and technical assistance for
    laboratory technicians and graduate students conducting research
    studies. Technical competencies include the calibration and day-to-
    day maintenance of laboratory equipment including: force and pressure
    plates, optical and electromagnetic motion analysis systems,
    accelerometers, load cells, electromyography systems and metabolic
    performance equipment.

    Center investigators collaborate with University of Washington
    Departments of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation
    Medicine, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical
    Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Biology and the
    Applied Physics Laboratory. The purpose of the Center's research is
    to provide further understanding of biomechanics and applications in
    the fields of orthopaedics, rehabilitation, amputation prevention,
    gait analysis and prosthetic design. This work has the potential for
    having a major impact on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
    of veterans and non-veterans suffering physical trauma and diminished
    lower limb function.

    This position requires a Master of Science degree in Mechanical
    Engineering, Biomechanics, or Bioengineering, as well as knowledge of
    the theories, principles, practices and techniques of biomechanics.
    The candidate should have a least one year experience working in a
    motion analysis laboratory and must have demonstrated the ability to
    conduct scholarly research by completing a project and publishing the
    results. Necessary skills include knowledge and experience in
    mechanical engineering and bioengineering, computer systems, anatomy
    and physiology, medical statistics, execution of research studies,
    and preparation of publications and reports. The ideal candidate
    should have supervisory experience as well. Experience with the use
    of machine shop and electronic assembly tools to construct
    specialized research instruments and fixtures would be advantageous.

    No phone calls please. Interested candidates (U.S. citizens only)
    should e-mail or mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact
    information for three references to:

    William Ledoux, Ph.D.

    VA Puget Sound, ms 151

    1660 S. Columbian Way

    Seattle, WA 98108