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Job Summary

The University of Michigan (UM) is seeking an individual for a research assistant position within the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Mechanical Engineering.  The candidate will work under the supervision of Drs. James Eckner (PI) and James A. Ashton-Miller (Co-I), as well as an Engineering post-doctoral research fellow, in collaboration with additional co-investigators in PM&R, Statistics, Radiology, Kinesiology, Neurology, and Athletics in support of a single-site NIH-funded mechanistic clinical trial investigating how the neck muscles and neck-strengthening exercise influence head acceleration, a proxy-measure for concussion risk, in high school athletes.  The candidate will assist with all laboratory-based aspects of the study in the University of Michigan Biomechanics Research Laboratory, including subject testing sessions and the kinematics- and imaging-based data analyses.  The candidate will be expected to exhibit great sensitivity and respect for the confidentiality of all information that is collected.  He/She must possess an undergraduate degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, or an equivalent field; independent problem solving skills; a strong work ethic; and a strong ability to work collaboratively within a large research team.



  • Actively participate in frequent meetings with the study team, either in-person or remotely

  • Provide support and assistance for all aspects of the laboratory testing sessions, including but not limited to equipment preparation, participant preparation ( placement of diodes, electrodes, and other body-worn sensors); standardized test procedure description to subjects; data recording and entry; laboratory equipment and software support; protocol administration; and safety spotting 

  • Provide laboratory support and assistance between testing sessions, including but not limited to equipment maintenance, as well as data management and analysis

  • Assist the study team with other related research tasks as needed

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s-level degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, or equivalent education and experience

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous research experience; clinical research experience involving human subjects is preferred.

  • Comfort working with an adolescent population

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong organizational and planning skills, including high attention to detail, accuracy, diligence, task-focus, and the ability to carefully administer detailed research protocols

  • Ability to work cooperatively within a team

  • Basic familiarity and competence with relevant software programs such as Microsoft Office, research database packages (e.g., RedCap or similar), laboratory software packages (e.g., MatLab, LabView, etc.), medical image analysis software packages (e.g., 3D Slicer or similar), and statistical software packages (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS, etc.) 

  • Independent problem-solving skills

  • Personal motivation

  • Schedule flexibility with availability outside of usual 8-5 business hours, including evening/weekend hours to accommodate the scheduling needs of high-school aged study participants

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: .

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: .

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.