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  • Open Position: Post Doc in Hand Biomechanics

    OPEN POSITION: Post Doctoral Fellowship in Hand Biomechanics
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is
    pleased to announce an opening for a post-doctoral Engineer, with an
    emphasis in Biomechanics, to join its Engineering and Control Technology
    Branch (ECTB), in the Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD),
    Morgantown, WV, USA. This is a three-year grant-supported fellowship,
    under the direction of senior scientific staff. The ECTB currently
    includes sixteen scientists in four research teams, developing objective
    measures of biomechanical, biodynamic, physiological, and behavioral
    stressors in the workplace. This vacancy focuses on developing advanced
    techniques in occupational biomechanics of the hand (Buczek et al, 2010,
    Proceedings of the JEGM, Miami FL, USA; Sinsel et al, 2010, Proceedings
    of the ASB, Providence RI, USA).

    This member of the biomechanics team will: (a) provide leadership for
    ECTB research that emphasizes kinematic, kinetic, and tissue modeling of
    the hand and fingers, (b) implement hypothesis driven research studies
    as outlined in the grant proposal, (c) provide quality assurance in
    equipment maintenance and calibration, biomechanical data collection,
    reduction and interpretation, and software development, (d) contribute
    to peer-reviewed abstracts and manuscripts, and (e) act as a liaison for
    hand biomechanics internal and external to the Branch.

    The successful candidate will have a Doctoral degree in Biomechanics,
    Kinesiology, Bioengineering, or a related field, and an undergraduate
    degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
    Experience is needed in biomechanical analysis of human movement (lower
    and/or upper extremities, full-body, etc.), and three-dimensional
    kinematic and kinetic analyses in occupational, sport, or clinical
    settings. Familiarity with Vicon Nexus systems, Visual3D biomechanical
    modeling software, and AnyBody muscle modeling software (or a comparable
    platform) will be particularly helpful.

    Among several other ECTB research facilities, the Biomechanics
    Laboratory is newly equipped with a 14 camera Vicon Nexus system, two
    moveable AMTI force plates, three stationary Bertec force plates, Motion
    Lab Systems electromyography, Cosmed oxygen consumption, Visual3D,
    AnyBody, OpenSim, a dedicated computer network, etc. The NIOSH research
    campus in Morgantown is adjacent to West Virginia University;
    metropolitan areas in Pittsburgh and Washington DC are within a one and
    three hour drive, respectively. Lakes, streams, and rolling hills add
    to the natural beauty of the area. Please visit our division website

    NIOSH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
    Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your interest
    in Hand Biomechanics to:

    Frank L. Buczek Jr., Ph.D.
    c/o Ms. Barbara Elbon
    1095 Willowdale Road, MS 2027
    Morgantown, WV 26505