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Job Summary

The University of Michigan (UM) is seeking an individual for an Engineer in Research Intermediate 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), 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.

Under Dr. Ashton-Miller’s general supervision, the candidate will perform specialized research and technical functions (including, but not limited to, designing, testing, modifying, fabricating, and assembling specialized test equipment and experimental design circuitry) supporting activities in the University of Michigan Biomechanics Research Lab. The candidate will perform and/or oversee the conduct of all laboratory-based aspects of the study including preparing for and conducting subject testing sessions during which data are collected with motion capture, surface EMG, force plate, load cell, and IMU systems, as well as data analysis. The candidate will document test results on data collection sheets and test reports. The candidate will be responsible for developing and writing algorithms using specialized software such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, etc. and analyze/investigate/evaluate/deduce the outcomes. The candidate will have a complete understanding of applicable technical testing standards and specifications and will maintain the lab area and test equipment in proper condition. The candidate will apply knowledge of the position and University policies and principles to complete a wide variety of tasks. The candidate will be expected to exhibit great sensitivity and respect for the confidentiality of all information that is collected with youth participants. He/She must possess at least a Master’s degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, or an equivalent field and relevant work experience; independent problem solving skills; a strong work ethic; and a strong ability to work collaboratively within a large research team.


Oversee all aspects of data collection/testing sessions, including but not limited to laboratory equipment preparation and troubleshooting, data collection, and supervision of laboratory research assistant and technical assistant.

Perform data management and analysis duties, including developing/writing algorithms to analyze complex research data, organizing and analyzing data, evaluating results, and generating research reports.

General laboratory management between testing sessions, including but not limited to maintenance of lab space/equipment and supervising junior/student members of the research team.

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

Assist the study team with other related research proposals and tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • At least a Master’s-level degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering (or equivalent) is required
  • At least two years of relevant post-graduate research experience is required, biomechanics research experience involving human subjects preferred
  • Previous experience working with the following systems is preferred: motion capture, surface electromyography, force plates/load cells, IMU’s, medical image analysis
  • Basic familiarity and competence with Microsoft Office and Matlab software is required, additional familiarity and competence with other relevant programs including laboratory software packages (e.g., LabView, EMG Works), research database software (e.g., RedCap), image analysis software packages (e.g., 3D Slicer), CAD software packages and statistical software packages (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS) is preferred
  • Comfort working with an adolescent study population
  • Strong communication, leadership, and critical thinking 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, and assist with oversight of supporting research team members
  • Independent problem-solving skills
  • Personal motivation and commitment to scientific rigor
  • Schedule flexibility with frequent 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: .


Additional Information

Funding for this position is currently available until July 31, 2023.  There is a possibility the position could be extended if more funding becomes available.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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