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  • Gait Analysis and Biodynamics Laboratory Research Engineer-Univ. of Wisc. Milwaukee

    If interested, please apply online at

    The Gait Analysis and Biodynamics Laboratory, located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is a research laboratory with core competencies in the areas of whole-body biomechanics, clinical and functional rehabilitation strategies and biotribology with the goals of developing and assessing ergonomic improvements and rehabilitation therapies. Research interests of the lab include: 1) improving functional gait and fall prevention in the following populations: orthopaedic disability patients, sensory disorder patients, amputees, aging adults and working adults; 2) analysis of upper extremity joint dynamics during assistive mobility device usage; and 3) using tribology techniques to improve slipperiness assessment methods and slip-resistant properties of shoe-floor surfaces.

    A position for research engineer is currently being sought. This position is through the College of Health Sciences and the Gait Analysis and Biodynamics Laboratory. The research group is multidisciplinary including faculty, staff and students from the College of Engineering & Applied Science, the College of Health Sciences, the Center for Ergonomics, and the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability (R2D2) Center.

    The position involves daily management of the Gait Analysis & Biodynamics Laboratory. Main duties include conducting research studies, subject recruitment and scheduling, preparation, data collection, data processing, analysis and technical writing. Other responsibilities may include providing hardware and software maintenance, ordering equipment, working with students, and managing the website.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with an emphasis in biomechanics
    • Experience in operating motion capture equipment (motion capture cameras, force plates, EMG, amplifiers)
    • Computer programming skills
    • Technical writing skills
    • Team oriented, detailed, and self-directed
    • Excellent interpersonal and management skills
    • Strong English language, editing and excellent communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Master’s degree (MS) in biomedical, mechanical, or electrical engineering
    • Computer programming experience with Labview, Matlab, OpenSim, and/or Abaqus
    • Knowledge of Vicon and Motion Analysis hardware systems
    • Hardware experience with force transducers and assistive technology
    • Research interests related to motion analysis, rehabilitation engineering, ergonomics, orthopaedic biomechanics, pediatric mobility, and/or inverse dynamics modeling

    If interested please apply online at and submit electronically (a) a cover letter with statement of the candidate’s research experience, (b) a curriculum vitae detailing educational background and work experience, and (c) a list of three professional references with contact information to include telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address. We will begin reviewing applications 11/14/2011 and will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

    Questions about the positions can be submitted directly to Dr. Brooke Slavens ( and Dr. Kurt Beschorner (