Biomedical or Mechanical Engineer (Research)

JOB TITLE
Title: Biomedical or Mechanical Engineer (Research)

Organization: Narrows Institute for Biomedical Research to Support VA VISN 2 Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service

Location: VA VISN 2 Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory @ Veterans Affairs, New York Harbor Healthcare System, NY Campus.

JOB SUMMARY

The Narrows Institute for Biomedical Research and Education, Inc. is seeking a Biomedical or Mechanical Engineer to support VA VISN 2 Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory, located at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, New York campus. The engineer will be primarily involved in a newly funded lower limb prosthetics-based research project. She/he will contribute to the success of this project through multi-disciplinary responsibilities, but will have a primary focus on collecting/analyzing gait biomechanics and functional outcomes. Additionally, the research engineer will be involved with several other ongoing and planned projects.

CLASSIFICATION
This is a term-position, not-to-exceed 3 years.

JOB START DATE* * Available immediately

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES :

  • Conduct research under the direction of the Director of the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory.
  • Manage all aspects of projects from inception through manuscript preparation.
  • Perform data collection using multidisciplinary instrumentation for motor performance, including motion capture, kinetics, and electromyography (EMG).
  • Analyze experimental data through motion capture software, Visual3D, and Matlab.
  • Maintain all laboratory equipment (motion capture cameras, force plates, EMG, treadmill, etc.), set up and troubleshoot equipment, coordinate laboratory calendar, and train new lab members on equipment use and laboratory procedures.
  • Coordinate research projects and manage the timing of several concurrent projects using project management skills.
  • Apply basic statistical knowledge; understand, interpret, and describe complex data by preparing graphs and tables.
  • Write and maintain laboratory IRB protocols.
  • Assist in the preparation and submission of funding applications.
  • Prepare, review, and submit manuscripts and abstracts for publication.


Technical


  • Masterís or doctorate degree in engineering (mechanical or biomedical), or Bachelorís with equivalent experience, is required.
  • Experience in an engineering or other biomechanics/movement science related field, as well as knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of biomechanics.
  • Research experience in a gait and motion lab is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of motion analysis data acquisition and processing.
  • Proficiency in Matlab programming is required, including the ability to create custom code for data analysis. Be prepared to demonstrate Matlab programming proficiencies.
  • Must be a problem-solver, have excellent critical thinking ability, and great interpersonal skills.


Administrative


  • Must be adaptable to unexpected changes and possess strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and technical writing skills.
  • Self-starter with willingness to make decisions independently and solve problems creatively within job scope.
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple projects simultaneously while working under occasionally stressful conditions.


General


  • Ability to handle confidential/sensitive information and exercise good professional judgment.
  • Uphold the VA Core Values and be a strong ambassador for the agency. Will be aware of existing and potential hazards in handling equipment and instruments, and exercises appropriate precaution in minimizing any hazards.
  • Will adhere to safe laboratory practices for working in bio-safety environments.
  • This position may require physical exertion, such as regular and recurring bending, walking, running, climbing stairs, climbing ramps, or climbing ladders, to observe, collect or record data in the lab or other facilities. All these activities are expected be performed in a safe and controlled manner.


Salary equivalent to GS 9 - GS 11 pay scale based on experience.


APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply, please use the link below and include:

http://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=biom...328.1493149771

  • A cover letter detailing the above qualifications. Please also describe how this position supports your overall career trajectory.
  • A curriculum vitae with a focus on relevant work experience, record of peer reviewed publications and grants, laboratory work experience, instrumentation proficiency, and programming capabilities.


Following our internal selection process, only qualified applicants will be contacted for a follow up interview. Letters of recommendation are not required or requested at this time. The application process and all associated communications will remain confidential.