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  • Engineer II Position at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

    The School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri are pleased to announce the opening of an Engineer II position.

    The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, central Missouri's largest freestanding Orthopaedic center, is seeking an energetic, professional and highly motivated staff Engineer II who is interested in joining a fast-paced highly productive team to coordinate the biomechanics and bioengineering components of our clinically-based orthopaedic research.

    The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s World-Class Research program consists of a 49+ member team conducting basic science, translational and clinical orthopaedic research. The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) houses the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics (TLRO), which is the only comprehensive orthopaedic research laboratory housed within a freestanding orthopaedic hospital in the world. Our robust Orthopaedic Research Division is responsible for more than 100 ongoing research projects, with more than 40 of those being clinical trials. The ideal candidate will play an instrumental role in the success of sustaining our department’s mission: advance the clinical, research and teaching components of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri.

    This position will partner with clinical and research staff to support advancement of the overall culture of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and our C3 Orthopaedics Initiative (Comprehensive, Cutting Edge, Caring Culture), which fosters a fast learning and continuously improving organization to further our mission.

    Needed Traits in our growing, fast-paced work environment:
    1. Self-directed and personable
    2. Positive energy
    3. Flexibility and problem solving skills
    4. Teamwork focus
    5. Detail-oriented
    6. Organizational and time management skills
    7. Interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    8. Anticipate/forecast needs
    9. Proactively monitor job process flows

    Position Overview:
    • Coordinate, schedule, manage, oversee, and perform biomechanical testing assignments on human tissue, animal tissue and artificial materials in the Carson Biomechanics & Bioengineering Laboratory at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI)
    • Oversee the coordination of biomechanical testing
    • Meet with other MOI faculty physicians, scientists, engineers, fellows, residents, staff, and students to help design testing methods, plans and instrumentation/equipment for testing using materials testing machines, a robotic arm, optical tracking, 3D printing, and pressure-sensing hardware and software
    • Prepare for experiments by purchasing and/or manufacturing fixtures, purchasing and/or collecting needed supplies, setting up equipment, and preparing specimens and materials
    • Schedule and conduct experiments with proper use of equipment, engagement and management of staff and/or students, and oversight of specimen processing and disposal compliance
    • Collect, reduce and analyze data from experiments
    • Meticulously document methods and results at publication-quality level, create graphs and tables, prepare and submit complete reports and contribute appropriately to manuscript preparation
    • Consistently complete projects on time and communicate complex findings/information to team, ensuring understanding
    • Adhere to protocols
    • Execute safe laboratory procedures at all times
    • Maintain and service all Carson Biomechanics & BioEngineering Laboratory equipment
    • Participate in decision making regarding acquisition of new equipment
    • Experiments include, but are not limited to, determining stress-strain, load-to-failure, yield load, permeability, Young’s modulus, and displacement for orthopaedic tissues and materials using single or cyclic loading protocols, impact loading of tissues, motion analyses and indentation testing
    • It is important that the Engineer II integrates skills and expertise with the multidisciplinary team involved in each project and communicate extremely well with busy clinicians and researchers
    • The Engineer II will also be expected to: Provide orientation and ongoing guidance to staff and students regarding biomechanical laboratory safety and etiquette and proper use of equipment
    • Contribute to creative design and testing of novel medical products and techniques
    • Utilize mathematical expertise for data processing and interpretation
    • Express meticulous data management skills with recording keeping, experiment documentation, and completing reports
    • Attend and participate in relevant meetings, conferences, and journal clubs
    • Report the status of short- and long-term project goals to supervisor(s) and at meetings
    • Possess ability to methodically investigate and resolve problems using current technology
    • Assist team in defining the future directions in basic, translational, and clinical orthopaedic research


    Salary Range: $47,476 to $84,505, annually

    Minimum Qualifications

    • A Bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
    • Licensure may be required

    Benefit Eligibility

    This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

    Diversity Commitment

    The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

    To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278

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    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO 65211-4250
    Phone: (573) 882-1734
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