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  • Engineering Coordinator Position: Human Engineering ResearchLaboratories

    We are currently recruiting an engineering coordinator to oversee and
    manage the technical activities and staff at the Human Engineering
    Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. The mission of
    our lab is to engage in research and development to improve the lives of
    people with disabilities. Our lab has a well-equip shop with manual and
    CNC machining centers, plastic injection molding machines, rapid
    prototyping capabilities, and an electronics laboratory outfitted to
    develop embedded systems. We engage in a wide range of technical
    activities including designing, developing and prototyping
    instrumentation for data collection in research studies; working with
    national and international collaborators on product development and
    testing projects; training and supporting undergraduate and graduate
    level students in design and fabrication projects; evaluating products
    for commercial clients to support their efforts to achieve FDA approval;
    collaborating with businesses on their Small Business Innovation
    Research (SBIR) grants. We are looking for a motivated, talented
    individual with project management experience, a desire to work in a
    hands-on facility, and the maturity to work with students, faculty, and
    commercial clients on technical activities which have the common goal to
    improve the lives of people with disabilities.

    Official Position Description:

    This position provides overall supervision of all technical prototyping
    and testing areas of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL).
    The incumbent will assist with design and provide final review on all
    projects being carried out in the prototyping laboratories; electronics
    shop; welding area; machine shop and wheelchair testing facilities. Will
    be directly responsible for the technical budgets for between 15 and 20
    projects at any given time as well as ensuring that general stock is
    maintained at all times. This position will act as the liaison between
    the Department of Veterans Affairs and/or the University of Pittsburgh
    Engineering personnel and the HERL Directors on projects related to
    electrical, plumbing and space upgrades including the development of any
    necessary contracts. The incumbent will supervise all technical staff at
    HERL as well as any students and faculty who are working in the specific
    shop areas. He/she will participate in Administrative duties related to
    their area, provide training and assist in teaching of technical and
    engineering based classes. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor's
    degree in a related engineering field, 2-3 years experience working with
    technical engineering applications in a Research Lab, and prior
    management experience.

    To find out more about the position, go to:

    and search for position # 0010866

    Direct inquiries to:
    Jon Pearlman, PhD
    Associate Director of Research
    Human Engineering Research Laboratories
    VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
    7180 Highland Drive
    Building 4, 2nd Floor East
    Pittsburgh, Pa, 15206
    Phone: (412) 954-5287
    Fax: (412) 954-5340