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  • Ergonomics Specialist, GeorgiaTech/CSX HumanPerformanceLab, Atlanta, GA, USA

    Georgia Tech/CSX Human Performance Lab Ergonomics Specialist
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

    Position: Research Scientist I

    The School of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with CSX Transportation, Inc. is seeking a very motivated, dynamic individual to conduct research efforts on a team of investigators in the newly developed Human Performance Laboratory at the CSX national training center based in Atlanta, GA, USA.

    Qualifications: Minimum of bachelor’s or master’s degree with at least 12 months corporate research experience or identifiable strengths in the area of human ergonomics or industrial biomechanics (e.g., kinesiology, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering). Additional training in ergonomics via a doctoral degree may be accepted in lieu of corporate experience. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, along with experience in industry, corporate culture, ergonomics and industrial biomechanics (or related field). The successful applicant will also have proficiency in analyzing work environments and tool use to improve safe work practices as well as industry outcomes reporting practices.

    Responsibilities: This individual will be responsible for conducting research activities and developing training to improve worker safe practices relating to proper ergonomics and human performance of the ‘industrial athlete’. Responsibilities will include: reviewing, evaluating, and analyzing work environments and tool application processes to improve safe work practices; ensuring compliance with safety standards and government regulations; collaborating with a cross-functional team in laboratory and field environments; communicating effectively with team members and company vendors; studying root causes of incidents, accidents and injuries; developing and conducting safety training and education programs; providing ergonomic review of tool committee processes; ensuring new tools meet industry needs and requirements; demonstrating proper use of tools and equipment; developing reports and communications on safe job procedures; assisting with day-to-day operations of laboratory facilities and equipment; and instructing trainees on proper biomechanics of work. This research associate will work closely with the Georgia Tech principal investigator (Y.H. Chang, along with CSX corporate personnel in managing laboratory research activities and reporting evidence-based outcomes. Secondary responsibilities will include supporting the team’s training mission to educate CSX rail workers on best biomechanical practices for human performance. This position may require up to ~30% travel as necessary.

    Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

    Appointment: Full-time 12-month appointment with annual review and renewal for up to 3 years.

    Closing Date: The position is available 3/11/2014 and review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

    Application: Candidates should submit a resume/curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Prof. Young-Hui Chang with the subject line “CSX ergonomics specialist position”. Please also contact Prof. Chang with regard to any questions about the position ( The Georgia Institute of Technology is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about the School of Applied Physiology, please visit us at:

    All materials should be sent electronically to:

    Prof. Young-Hui Chang
    School of Applied Physiology
    Georgia Institute of Technology