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  • Job Posting: Biomechanics Research Engineer


    Location: Centre for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto, Canada)

    Date: October 29, 2008


    We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated and talented individual, with a strong practical background in biomechanics and engineering, to work as a Research Engineer in a balance, gait and motor-control research and development center.

    The successful candidate will be a key member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research team headquartered at the Sunnybrook Centre for Studies in Aging. The research team is currently led by 12 scientists, with expertise in biomechanics, bioengineering, kinesiology, rehabilitation engineering, neuroscience, experimental psychology, rehabilitation science, physical therapy, geriatrics, psychiatry, pharmacology and epidemiology. The research program is supported by a major team grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, as well as operating grants and other funds held by the individual scientists.

    The Centre for Studies in Aging (CSiA) has been a world leader in the study of age-related balance/mobility impairments and the development of assistive technologies for over 25 years. CSiA is located at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, which is a major research and teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine is the largest research entity in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. CSiA also has very close ties to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, which is the largest rehabilitation center in Canada. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and offers a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities.

    The CSiA research program is aimed primarily at understanding effects of aging on the control of balance and movement, and developing new approaches to prevent falls and promote safe mobility in older adults. Within these areas, there is a wide range of projects, encompassing fundamental studies of biomechanics and motor control, applied research and development of assistive technologies, and clinical falls-prevention programs. A major strength of the program is the combination of basic science, clinical research and product design and development. Research facilities include two unique large-scale motion-platform systems for evoking balance reactions, and associated instrumentation (motion-analysis systems, force plates, EMG, eye trackers, etc). Development facilities include design workstations, electronics and machine shops, and laboratories for testing of prototypes.

    For more information about our research, please see our web site:


    The Research Engineer will be responsible for all technical aspects of the research team’s activities.

    Specific responsibilities include: 1) design and construct new devices, equipment and software; 2) maintain, calibrate and repair laboratory equipment; 3) instruct and supervise other personnel in the use of this equipment; 4) maintain the local computer network; 5) perform (or assist with) the design of studies and the collection, processing and analysis of the data.


    BSc or MSc in mechanical, electrical, biomedical or rehabilitation engineering, or a related field. Applicants must have experience in using and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation (e.g. motion-analysis systems, force plates, EMG, eye trackers), as well as a clear understanding of the underlying measurement principles. Strong electronics/mechanical design, repair and fabrication hand-skills, as well as strong computer programming skills, are also needed. Training in movement biomechanics and experience in performing biomechanical experiments with human subjects would be an asset.

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Starting salary will range from $50,000 to $70,000 per year (Canadian funds) depending on education and experience. A full benefits package is provided. The position is available immediately, although the starting date is negotiable to some extent. We will accept applications until the position is filled.


    To apply, please email a covering letter, your resume or curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of specific relevant experience (i.e. using laboratory instrumentation; designing, fabricating and repairing electronic and mechanical devices; computer programming), and a scan of your university transcripts (an unofficial copy will suffice, at this stage) to:
    Rachel Keshwah, Research Administrative Assistant;

    Centre for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre;
    2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario CANADA M4N 3M5

    Please be sure to indicate the position for which you are applying (Biomechanics Research Engineer), your citizenship and when you would be available to start. Only complete applications will be considered. After an initial screening, selected applicants will be asked to forward official university transcripts and three academic/professional letters

    Sandra M McKay, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Centre for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    and Health Care Technology and Place, University of Toronto
    T. 416.480.5858
    F. 416.480.5856
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