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    A position for Research Assistant, Laboratory is immediately available in
    the Maryland Advance Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI)
    Center and Surgical ergonomics laboratory in the Department of Surgery at
    the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. The selected candidate will
    support various research projects ongoing in the laboratory. The
    responsibilities of this position and qualifications include the following:

    Background and Research: The MASTRI Center at the University of Maryland is
    an innovative, research-driven, high-technology, state-of-the-art training
    center. Its goals are to lead in evaluation development and testing in
    regard to emerging simulation technologies and techniques and in the ongoing
    transformation of surgery and other medical procedures. Additionally, the
    Center is envisioned as a premier educational environment devoted to the
    training of healthcare practitioners across a diverse spectrum, with
    particular focus on how users learn and adapt to new technologies.

    Research underway in the surgical ergonomics laboratory at our, Maryland
    Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI) center aims
    for the evidence-based knowledge that will make laparoscopy a more
    surgeon-friendly and effective surgical approach. Minimally invasive surgery
    (MIS) involves working with long-shaft instruments, which require extreme
    positions of motion at the upper extremities and require greater instrument
    gripping forces than the traditional surgical instruments used in open
    surgery. In addition, because of the closed operative environment, the MIS
    surgeon typically must manipulate his or her instruments in 3D space while
    viewing that same work space in 2D on a video monitor that is not within the
    surgeon's natural line of sight. This creates postural and cognitive
    conditions that are very different from those assumed during traditional
    open surgical procedures. As a result, laparoscopic/endoscopic surgeons,
    especially those who have been practicing MIS for a considerable duration,
    frequently experience fatigue and pain in the neck, upper extremity, back,
    wrists, and hands.

    Our research is designed to provide important information allowing us to
    identify the ergonomic risk factors inherent in particular surgical
    movements associated with MIS, and the cognitive ergonomics of performing
    MIS. We also determine what specific movement patterns occur during
    particular surgical tasks. Physical as well as cognitive workloads from the
    surgeons performing laparoscopy are assessed by using biomechanical and
    psychological assessment tools. Knowledge of specific movement patterns and
    how those patterns are affected by surgeon experience and/or skill level
    allows us to identify key risk factors and evaluate whether equipment or
    training modification is needed. Furthermore, this information should prove
    beneficial in designing training protocols to minimize future injuries.

    The surgical ergonomics laboratory has 12-camera Vicon MX motion analysis,
    16-channel Delsys EMG, and 2 AMTI force-plate systems for biomechanical
    analysis in surgical ergonomics.

    The laboratory also maintains surgical simulators for training and research
    into cognitive factors that influence learning and task performance.

    Responsibilities include:

    1. Regular checking and maintenance for lab equipment
    2. Management of experiment schedules. The subjects of our research studies
    include medical students, surgical residents, fellows, and attending
    3. Setting up and conducting experiments including subjects' preparation,
    measurement system set up (e.g. motion analysis, EMG, force plate, etc.),
    and execution of study protocol
    4. Participation in all aspects of data management, processing, and
    5. Maintaining appropriate administrative records
    6. Assisting in preparation of experimental protocols for IRB review


    Bachelor's degree in engineering (e.g. biomedical engineering, mechanical
    engineering, computer science), neuroscience, kinesiology, physical therapy,
    or human factors etc.

    Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience
    and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and
    abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be
    substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year
    basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

    Preferred candidate will have:

    - Experience in biomechanics (data collections and analysis)
    - Programming experience is plus (preferably Matlab)
    - Experience as a research assistant in a healthcare related environment
    - Experience in managing data
    - Able to work on multiple projects in parallel with good time management
    - Excellent interpersonal and management skills

    Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience

    To apply,
    1) Please visit the following link and fill-in online application at the
    bottom of the page p_job_details.cfm&cJobId=377756

    2) Please e-mail a cover letter with a statement of interests and
    backgrounds, a resume/curriculum vita, and the names of two individuals whom
    can be contacted as references to: Dr. Gyusung Lee, e-mail:


    Gyusung Lee, Ph.D.

    Faculty Research Associate
    Director, Surgical Ergonomics Laboratory
    Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI)

    University of Maryland
    School of Medicine
    Department of Surgery
    22 South Greene St. Room S7B15
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone: (410) 328-0185
    Fax: (410) 328-4084