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  • Bioengineering Lab Tech Position

    The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California at San
    Francisco seeks applications for a laboratory technician for the Bioengineering
    Research Laboratory. Responsibilities will include the setup and execution of
    mechanical experiments on hard and soft tissue, protocol refinement, cadaveric
    specimen preparation, specialized fixture fabrication, and programming of data
    acquisition software. Position requires close interaction with clinical
    faculty, residents, and engineering students.

    This position is responsible for:

    a) the software and protocol development for the materials testing machines
    within the Bioengineering Laboratory. Both the hydraulic testing machines (MMED

    and MTS) are controlled by computers, which requires programming to specify the
    parameters for the desired tests. (40%)

    b) the design and fabrication of special fixtures and hardware necessary for
    the successful completion of nonstandard tests. This will require knowledge of
    standard biomechanical testing configurations for both hard and soft tissue, as
    well as an understanding of the appropriate ASTM (American Society of Testing
    and Materials) standard tests. Knowledge of electronics and instrumentation
    technology is preferred. (20%)

    c) the data collection and post-processing, which includes digital filtering
    and statistical analysis (10%)

    d) preparation of animal and human specimens for testing. This will include
    harvesting from cadavers, dissection of critical tissues, and imbedding into
    appropriate fixturing. (10%)

    e) support for medical and engineering students who have projects approved for
    the laboratory (20%)

    BS or MS in Bioengineering with 5 years experience preferred. Familiarity with
    orthopaedics or biomechanics required.

    Interested persons should contact:
    Jeffrey C. Lotz, Ph.D.
    Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of California at San Francisco
    533 Parnassus Ave.
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0514