Title: 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. 423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010.
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). • 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. • Analyze experimental data through motion capture software and Matlab. • 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.
• Master’s degree in engineering (mechanical or biomedical), or Bachelor’s 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 preferred. • 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.
• 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.
• 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 ($56,574-89,262) based on experience.
APPLICATION PROCESS To apply, applicants must submit the following to Jason Maikos, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org):
• 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.
Additional Salary Information: Salary equivalent to GS 9 - GS 11 pay scale ($56,574-89,262) based on experience.
About The Narrows Institute for Biomedical Research & Education, Inc.
The Narrows Institute for Biomedical Research and Education, Inc., the Non-profit affiliated with the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System was established to provide a flexible funding mechanism for the conduct of VA approved research and education protocols, the Narrows began In 1989 with the establishment of our Management Briefing, Article of Incorporation, By – Laws, and in 1991we earned ou...r Tax Exempt Status as a New York State Nonprofit Research Corporation.
Our mission to support and facilitate, directly and indirectly, peer reviewed approved research and educational activities at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System (NYHHS) through the efficient and flexible administration of grants, contracts, gifts or bequests from medical foundations and other health related sources, drug and other for-profit companies, charitable foundations, the Public Health Service or other federal agencies, professional societies or other nonprofit entities and individuals began shortly thereafter in 2001.
We are located within the VA NYHHS Brooklyn campus and carry out our policies in accordance with Public Law 100-322 (38 U.S.C., Sections 4161 to 4168) and VHA Handbook 1200.17 along with the handbook pertaining to Education Corps.; VHA Handbook 1400.2, as well as, the laws and regulations of the State of New York and the policies and regulations of the VAMC.
We, along with the VA NYHHS consist of the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses, the St. Albans Community Living Center, four community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), Vet centers in all boroughs, as well as, we are affiliated with the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, the NYU School of Dentistry, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Downstate, the SUNY School of Optometry and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
The Narrows, together with VA physicians and their staff, and others who are involved in research throughout the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System are committed to conducting research with the highest regard for the welfare of human subjects.
Clinical trials are the paths to create and test treatments that are more effective and less toxic. Clinical trials should not be thought of as “last resort” treatments. In fact, patients in clinical trials are often the first to take the treatments of tomorrow, the cutting edge of care; we are pleased to be able to offer our Veterans such opportunities.