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Mechanical Engineering Technician at the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics

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  • Mechanical Engineering Technician at the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics

    The University of Virginia, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is seeking applicants for a Mechanical Engineering Technician position at the Center for Applied Biomechanics (CAB).

    Responsibilities will include managing, supervising, and assisting with various research projects related to injury biomechanics. This will include project planning, execution, data analysis, and report preparation. This will also include supervising mechanical and biomedical engineering graduate students to various degrees, from educating new graduate students on experimental techniques to supporting senior graduate students in executing projects for which they are responsible. The candidate will have an active role developing research proposals and authoring scientific reports, papers, and presentations. Finally, the candidate will have a role in the design and execution of the experiments involving cadaveric materials.

    Required qualifications include:
    • High School diploma is required, preference will be given to candidates with a B.S. and M.S in Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on biomechanics.
    • Four years of experience is required with at least two years in experience with each of the following (may include experience during graduate work):
      • Designing and performing impact and injury biomechanics experiments involving the use of
        • motion capture systems
        • high-speed video
        • data acquisition
      • Programming and customized data analysis with scientific programing languages such as Matlab and R involving the use of
        • corridor generation for biomechanical data
        • neural network model fitting
        • injury risk function development
      • Writing, publishing, and presenting scientific research and generating technical reports
    Preferred applicants will have experience in solid mechanics (including experience with finite element analysis), kinematic analyses using rigid body motion transformation, device design using CAD software (e.g., Solidworks), and will have a working knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Preferred applicants will also have a basic understanding of injury and injury prevention/safety in the automotive, sports, and military fields. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

    This is a one-year term position with the potential for extension based on work performance, availability of projects, and funding.

    Questions regarding the posting may be directed to Matthew Panzer,

    With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university’s research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.

    This position will remain open until filled. This is a Non-exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability, and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

    To Apply:

    Please apply through Workday, and search for R0029343. Complete an application online with the following documents:
    • CV
    • Cover letter
    Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.

    For questions about the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

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    For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

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    If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

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    NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

    The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.