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Research Specialist, the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics

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  • Research Specialist, 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 Research Specialist position at the Center for Applied Biomechanics. General duties will include performing and helping to manage complex experimental projects, the design and oversight of the fabrication of mechanical test fixtures that interface with our material test devices, summarizing data results from an experimental test series in project reports, performing in-depth literature reviews on given topics, and summarize the results in written narratives suitable for inclusion in a paper or report. Managing complex experimental projects including designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting on results.

    The Research Specialist will assist in the development of new research projects and will work alongside graduate research assistants, and technical staff on project-specific tasks. Responsibilities will include managing project tasks related to injury biomechanics experimental research. The candidate will have an active role in the design and execution of experiments involving cadaveric materials. Duties will include direct involvement in project planning and execution, data collection, data analysis, academic publishing in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and collaboration with academic, industrial, and government research partners.

    Required qualifications include:
    • High school diploma or equivalent with four years of experience is required.
    • A B.S or M.S. in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, with emphasis in biomechanics, orthopaedics, or closely related field.
    • Proficient in the design of test fixtures, with a strong understanding of machine design and machining techniques and should possess experience in the operation and functionality of data acquisition systems.
    • Hands-on experience in a laboratory environment.
    • Proficiency in scientific programming languages (e.g., Matlab).
    • Experience with mechanical design, including proficiency with computer aided design (CAD) software.
    • A working knowledge of human anatomy and biology.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to work well as a member of a team.
    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 R0030677. 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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    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.