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    Applications are invited for a bioengineering position at the Biomechanics
    Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale
    University School of Medicine. All projects involve experimental testing
    of human cadaveric specimens, particularly spine. Objectives include
    understanding neck injury prevention during whiplash and effects of
    orthoses on spine stability.


    1. Design and fabrication of custom biomechanical apparatuses and sensors:
    - Build mechanical systems using plastic, wood, aluminum, steel.
    - Design and build electrical and pneumatic systems.
    - Write custom LabVIEW programs to control the apparatuses.
    - Occasional heavy lifting required.
    - Design, build, and calibrate custom motion-measuring sensors and load

    2. Maintenance of machine shop, wet lab, and experimental lab:
    - Troubleshoot custom-built equipment including whiplash and flexibility
    testing apparatuses.
    - Maintain standard machines including milling machine, lathe, drill
    press, band saw, and sander.
    - Maintain Optotrak Certus motion tracking system and high speed cameras.
    - Update and maintain lab computers and in-house network.

    3. Dissection and preparation of human cadaveric spine specimens:
    - Remove muscle, skin, and fat, while leaving ligament and bone intact.
    - Prepare specimens with rods, screws, and vertebral motion-tracking
    - Mount the ends of the specimens in resin mounts.

    4. Conduct biomechanical experiments, analyse data, and prepare
    - Conduct dynamic and quasi-static experiments using human cadaveric
    spine specimens.
    - Write custom Matlab programs for data analyses.


    1. Ph.D., M.S., or B.S. in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering with
    special interests in spine biomechanics and design and development of
    custom hardware and software for biomechanical experiments.

    2. Significant hands-on experience required in precision machine design
    and fabrication, electronics, electro-magnetics, soldering, pneumatics,
    precision drilling & tapping, and LabVIEW programming for control of
    custom machines.

    3. Knowledge of solid mechanics and kinematics theory.

    4. Detail oriented, take pride in their work, self-starting, ability to
    work under minimal supervision, and excellent interpersonal communication
    skills and work habits.

    The position is limited to one year. It may be extended depending upon
    the candidate's performance during the first year and availability of
    funding. Those with a Ph.D. degree will be considered for the
    Post-Doctoral Associate position, while those with a B.S. or M.S. degree
    will be considered for the Post-Graduate Associate position. Applicants
    should submit, by email, their CV, contact information for three
    references (address, phone number, email), and a one to two-page statement
    of research interests and career goals. The research statement should
    highlight previous work experiences that prepare the candidate for the
    responsibilities listed above.

    Paul Ivancic, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
    Yale University School of Medicine
    P.O. Box 208071
    New Haven, CT 06520-8071