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Motion Analysis Center Project Scientist at UC Davis/Shriners Hospital, Sacramento, CA

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  • Motion Analysis Center Project Scientist at UC Davis/Shriners Hospital, Sacramento, CA

    The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California (SHCNC) is recruiting a Project Scientist Ph.D. level Engineer to work in our Motion Analysis Center (MAC).

    The UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is the premier surgical service provider in the greater Sacramento region and beyond and is based on the UC Davis Health campus. SHCNC, the region’s foremost providers of specialized treatment for pediatric orthopaedics, spinal cord injuries, burns and reconstructive plastic surgery.

    The Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency in the MAC. Appointees with Project Scientist series may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, etc.), they are not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. The Project Scientist will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal status. The Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.


    This individual provides technical oversight of the measuring and computing equipment in the MAC and plans for the development of new measurement and analysis services as warranted by developments in the field of quantitative motion analysis and patient care needs in the hospital. This person instructs MAC staff on measurement technology and technical equipment operation for studies performed in the MAC and leads development of biomechanical coding. In conjunction with the MAC Medical Director, the engineer develops projects that enhance the quality of data collection and interpretation, answer clinical questions, improve patient care, or document treatment outcomes. The engineer works with Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physiatrists associated with the Cerebral Palsy and Myelomeningocele Program, Sports Medicine Service, and Spinal Deformity Service to define research initiatives and directs the technical activities of these projects. The engineer provides education in areas of expertise to hospital staff, fellows, residents and medical students in appropriate forums.

    This individual is expected to contribute significantly to a grant. This individual may be expected to lead research programs and will contribute to writing of grant proposals and publications.

    This recruitment is conducted at the assistant/associate rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant/associate rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.