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Research Engineer, Injury Biomechanics, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada

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  • Research Engineer, Injury Biomechanics, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada


    The Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory (IPML) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada has an immediate opening for a full-time Research Engineer to join a multi-disciplinary team working in the field of injury biomechanics. The position involves managing the experimental operations of the IPML, and interacting with co-investigators from SFU, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Fraser Health Authority, and local long-term care facilities and sports organizations who are partners in our research. The position is funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the AGE-WELL National Centre for Excellence.

    The IPML uses the tools of biomechanics to improve our understanding of the cause and prevention of injuries across the human lifespan, focusing specifically on falls and fall-related injuries in older adults, and traumatic brain injuries in sport. Our work is unique internationally in combining laboratory and field research to reveal the mechanisms of injury, and to design and evaluate novel engineering approaches to prevent injuries. Further details on the IPML can be found at


    Specific responsibilities of the position include:

    1. Taking a lead role, or assisting others with data collection, data analysis, and report writing (including external reports to collaborating companies).
    2. Conducting biomechanical testing of products with laboratory equipment. Ongoing projects focus on protective gear, compliant flooring, wearable sensors and exoskeletons.
    3. Maintaining and operating laboratory equipment, including: passive marker motion analysis systems (Motion Analysis Corporation, Qualisys); force platforms (Bertec, AMTI), load cells (Kistler, Sensotec), accelerometers (Endevco), and a pressure measuring mat (RSscan); a custom-built 2D perturbation platform (driven by linear motors (Parker)); a custom-built hip impact simulator; surface electromyography (EMG) equipment (Delsys, Noraxon); gait analysis equipment (GaitRite); and wearable 3D inertial measurement units (APDM, GForceTracker).
    4. Working with partnering organizations in the Vancouver area (long-term care facilities, sports organizations) to maintain and extract data from networks of digital video cameras and wearable sensors.
    5. Design and construction of experimental devices and fixtures. Design using SolidWorks software, 3D printing and basic machining (wood and metal forming).
    6. Developing and maintaining software routines (using MATLAB and LabView) for data acquisition and analysis and mathematical modeling.
    7. Assisting with supervision and guidance of undergraduate and graduate students working in the lab, including training of students in the use of laboratory equipment.
    8. Providing feedback and recommendations on new research project ideas, and the development of new test protocols.
    9. Maintaining computer user accounts, and interacting with computer network (FASNet) administrators in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at SFU.
    10. Maintaining local lab security, key access, equipment inventory, and equipment loans.
    11. Maintaining the research calendar and records of data collection
    12. Maintaining equipment calibration and maintenance.
    13. Assisting with purchasing and installation of research equipment.


    Work will be performed primarily at the Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory on the Burnaby Mountain campus of Simon Fraser University. Travel will occasionally be required to visit local long-term care facilities participating in the research, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility located on UBC’s Vancouver General Hospital campus, and to attend academic conferences and workshops.

    Burnaby is directly adjacent to Vancouver, and enjoys excellent access to the outdoors (skiing, hiking, cycling) and is among the most temperate cities in Canada.


    Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent, ideally in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or Mechatronics Engineering, and considerable experience in laboratory research, engineering design and manufacturing, ideally in biomedical engineering. While international applicants are encouraged, priority will be given to equally qualified Canadian citizens and permanent residents, in keeping with Canadian employment laws.


    Applicants should forward the following materials:
    (1) resume or curriculum vitae;
    (2) cover letter that outlines your interests and relevant background experience;
    (3) a list of three references (names, positions, and contact information by email and telephone). At least one reference should be academic and at least one reference should be a former employer.

    Please send application packages and address any questions to:

    Stephen Robinovitch, Ph.D.

    Professor, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and
    School of Engineering Science
    Simon Fraser University
    8888 University Drive
    Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6
    Last edited by Stephen Robinovitch; July 16, 2015, 08:14 PM. Reason: formatting