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  • Re: BIOMCH-L Digest - 6 May 1997 to 7 May 1997

    Job Opening at Rehabilitation R&D Center of the VA Palo Alto HCS.
    The Rehab R&D Center is located in Palo Alto, CA in close
    proximity to Stanford University and San Francisco.

    A position is available beginning June 1, 1997 for a Biomedical Engineer
    to act as a Laboratory Technician/Manager and work on Rehabilitation R&D
    projects (VA term employee at federal GS-9 level; U.S. citizenship

    At least a BS degree in biomedical engineering or a related field plus
    one year's experience is required. A Masters degree is preferred.

    Primary responsibilities are to provide day-to-day support for
    laboratory operation and maintenance, preparation for, scheduling of and
    assistance during experimental sessions, and data reduction and analysis.

    Basic engineering skills: Experience designing simple electronic
    circuits, and designing and machining parts for modification of
    laboratory equipment using standard machine shop tools.

    Instrumentation for measuring human anthropometric, kinetic,
    kinematic and EMG data: Experience in the specification,
    configuration, integration, calibration and maintenance of such
    instruments as dynamometers, force plates, optical encoders, 3-D
    motion analysis systems, EMG systems, amplifiers, goniometers,
    and computers. Ideally, at least one year of experience with 3-D
    motion analysis systems.

    Analysis and reduction of experimental data: Experience with
    Macintosh, PC, and UNIX workstation computers, system administration,
    signal-processing programs, database programs, statistical analysis
    programs and plotting programs. Experience developing new data
    processing programs in computer languages such as C and FORTRAN.
    Experience with programming in LABVIEW for data acquisition
    and control of servomotors.

    Preparation of graphical figures and slides: Experience with
    Macintosh presentation graphics software and production of
    effective slides and posters.

    Stroke rehabilitation research: Experience in performing and
    assessing the results of experimental protocols involving subjects
    with chronic hemiplegia subsequent to stroke.

    The successful applicant must be highly creative and ingenious in
    order to bring state-of-the-art engineering, science, and technology
    to the direct benefit of people with disabilities. He/She is expected
    to exercise originality and apply innovative techniques and strategies
    to develop apparatus and methods for testing important scientific
    hypotheses related to functional rehabilitation of physical disabilities.

    The successful applicant must interact professionally with
    individuals with disabilities, associates, and other individuals
    or groups. Effective and innovative presentation skills in writing
    and speaking are required. He/She must demonstrate self-motivation
    and enthusiasm.

    For further information contact Dave Brown, PhD, PT
    at or (415) 493-5000 x64481.