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Motion Capture and Gait Lab Biomechanical Engineer Position – Sports Medicine Center Children’s National Hospital (D.C. metro-area)

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  • Motion Capture and Gait Lab Biomechanical Engineer Position – Sports Medicine Center Children’s National Hospital (D.C. metro-area)

    Summary: See below for full description of position and responsibilities. We are excited to add this position to our multidisciplinary team here at the Fight for Children Sports Medicine Center at Children’s National Hospital. Interested candidates please send CV directly to Motion Capture Lab Program Manager, Mia Caminita (​​​​​​​

    Description: In collaboration with the Motion Capture and Gait Lab Program Manager, physical therapists, kinesiologist, orthopedic surgeon and other members of the sports medicine center team in direct and indirect clinical movement laboratory operations, the Biomechanical Engineer provides engineering and technical support to the motion capture and gait laboratory, primarily related to clinical motion capture and physiologic measurement. This includes operating and troubleshooting specialized laboratory equipment, patient marker placement, development of analysis codes and pipelines, data processing, and report generation using Motion Capture software, MATLAB, Visual3D, MS office applications and EMR software, as well additional support to the lab as needs and offerings develop. Additionally, performs quality control, troubleshoot and formally document quality checking of all motion and physiologic data collection equipment/procedures, for all clinical and research studies in direct collaboration with the lab program manager. This includes quality testing, validation studies and calibration of equipment, maintenance and assistance with service contracts, validating new models, running consistency and validation studies when necessary as well as expansion of lab normal database.

    Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree in a related field preferably Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology (Biomechanics), or Movement Science (Required) Or Master's Degree (Preferred)

    Minimum Work Experience: 2 years experience in motion capture, movement science, and/or in a clinical gait analysis laboratory is required. (Required)
    Required Skills/Knowledge:
    • Research experience in a motion capture or gait lab is highly desired.
    • Interest in pediatric and adolescent gait lab programming and sports specific motion analysis assessments.
    • Ability and desire to work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary health-care team, as well as interact with clinical subjects undergoing motion analysis.
    • Interest in providing engineering support for clinical operations and research related data collection/analysis.
    • Proficiency in analytical and programming languages related to movement analysis, including motion capture and gait equipment software, MATLAB, Visual3D, statistical analysis, and the MS office applications.

    Functional Accountabilities
    Professional Practice
    • Ensures quality collection, processing, archival and retrieval of data while providing various support to the patients, families, and staff.
    • Explains procedures to the patient and families.
    • Collects electromyographic, kinetic, kinematic, and foot pressure data
    • Assists in organization of care around each patient's diagnosis which may require a multidisciplinary approach.
    • Reduce delays by ensuring equipment is ready for each phase of the testing process.
    • Processes the patient data in a timely manner.
    • Assists in performing initial interpretation of patient data; reviews patient data with program manager, physicians and motion capture and gait analysis team members to determine treatment recommendations.
    • Preparation of final report incorporating information from all sources.
    • Assists with research projects. Compiles research data and reports results to contribute to conference abstracts, podium and poster presentations, and/or scientific journal submissions.
    • Troubleshoots computer and equipment problems and patient data for errors in collection and processing prior to review of data.
    • Arranges for repairs when necessary.
    • Confers with lab program manager regarding equipment or data problems when necessary.
    • Maintains the storage of patient and clinical data.
    Maintain Safe Work Area:
    • Maintain work area in a safe, clean and orderly manner.
    • Maintenance of all hardware and an in-depth knowledge of the software. Act as a member of the internal sports medicine center's emergency response team.
    • Updates and develops software as needed to improve data processing.
    Organizational Accountabilities:
    • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
    • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
    • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
    • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
    Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
    • Contribute to a positive work environment
    • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
    • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
    • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
    Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
    • Use resources efficiently
    • Search for less costly ways of doing things
    • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
    • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
    • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
    • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
    • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
    • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

    Primary Location Maryland-Silver Spring
    Work Locations: 1 Inventa Place Silver Spring 20910
    Job: Non-Clinical Professional Organization Ambulatory
    Position Status: R (Regular) - FT - Full-Time

    Interested candidates please send CV directly to Motion Capture Lab Program Manager, Mia Caminita (
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