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    The Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory, Mayo Foundation,
    Rochester, Minnesota has an opening for a full-time material testing
    engineer. This position is supported by grant funding and involves all
    aspects of the research services provided by the lab, including project
    planning, equipment design, data collection and analysis, grant writing,
    and manuscript preparation.

    The Biomechanics Laboratory is comprised of integrated
    units made up of clinicians, research scientists, and allied staff. Mayo
    Foundation is a private, not-for-profit, group practice of medicine
    providing comprehensive clinical, research and education programs. The
    material testing area is a core facility within the Mayo Foundation,
    meaning that the position involves interaction with a variety of
    departments, including Orthopedics, Orthodontics, Physical Medicine and
    Rehabilitation, Cardiovascular Diseases, Obstetrics, Neurology,
    Otorhinolaryngology, and Health Sciences Research.

    The laboratory's workload is diverse, including
    motion/strength analysis, computer image analysis, materials testing,
    electromagnetic/kinematic testing, anatomical specimen
    preparation/testing, instrumentation design and machining. The lab
    co-directors are both Ph.D. mechanical engineers. Nine orthopedic
    surgeons work part-time in the lab. The lab staff also includes 17
    allied health staff with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, computer
    programming, physical therapy, kinesiology, computer-aided design,
    instrumentation, and machining. In addition, the lab has approximately
    twelve post-doctoral and research fellows with backgrounds in orthopedic
    surgery, engineering, or physical medicine.

    The position requires training in mechanical or
    biomedical engineering. Candidates should have a master's degree, or a
    bachelor's degree with significant research experience. The position
    requires advanced experience with material testing equipment
    (Instron/MTS) and procedures, and knowledge of structural mechanics,
    orthopedics/anatomy, and instrumentation. Experience with Matlab,
    LabView, Excel, C, Fortran, and UNIX shell scripts is necessary. The
    ideal candidate would have experience with finite element analysis
    (particularly with ABAQUS and Patran software), design, statistics,
    control theory, and electromagnetic testing equipment.

    This position requires good human relations, as well as
    excellent verbal and written communication skills. The candidate must
    be willing and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, serve as a
    mentor and project coordinator, make formal presentations, and write
    manuscripts. Candidates must be comfortable working as part of a
    multidisciplinary research team of physicians, engineers, computer
    scientists and allied health professionals. Specifically, the person
    filling this position will do the following:
    1) Assist research fellows and physicians with
    design of experiments.
    2) Design or modify testing fixtures and
    3) Perform and/or supervise material testing
    procedures and related data collection in a biomedical in vitro
    4) Utilize proper analysis techniques and
    contribute significantly to interpretation of results.

    Mayo offers an excellent benefits package, including
    extensive healthcare coverage and over 4 weeks paid time off during your
    first year. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
    The position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is
    identified. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a
    list of 3 professional and 2 personal references to:

    Kaine A. Kerkhoff
    Mayo Medical Center
    Human Resources-OE 1
    Rochester, Minnesota 55905
    FAX: (507) 284-1445

    Please be sure to reference Biomch-L in your cover

    Mayo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator
    and employer.
    Human Resources Staffing Center
    6-0086 or 127-4045
    E-mail: mrb3465 or

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