The candidate should be able to assume a variety of research roles ranging from designing experiments, performing data collection, publishing scientific findings, and supervising students within the laboratory. The candidate should define new research opportunities and develop an independent investigator role by contributing significantly to the preparation and submission of scientific papers to refereed journals, and grant proposals to funding agencies such as NIH and VA. Strong communication, collaboration, neural interfacing, mathematical analysis, human subject research, and critical-thinking skills are required of this position. Additional responsibilities include preparing and presenting regular project progress reports to funding agencies, active contribution to the ongoing development of novel medical devices and restorative technologies in our laboratory, and building new collaborations with other research teams within and outside CWRU.
- Design, plan, conduct, and coordinate human research experiments (20%)
- Perform data analysis, statistical analysis, and interpret complex results (20%)
- Identify the work to be done to fulfill project requirements and objectives, plan and implement the procedural and technical steps required (15%)
- Contribute significantly to manuscripts and technical reports submitted to peer-reviewed journals, and present research findings at scientific conferences (15%)
- Identify new research opportunities, and contribute to the preparation, writing and submission of proposals in response to new funding opportunities (15%)
- Supervise junior staff, in coordination with the PI, and train or provide work direction to students and technicians (10%)
- Work closely with project management, quality, regulatory, clinical, and engineering members in the team to ensure project success (5%)
- Assist with managing logistics in support of project deliverables (e.g. helping in preparing regulatory documents)
- Perform other duties as assigned
Department: Meet regularly with supervisor regarding project progress and project deliverables. Meet with other faculties in the department to communicate scientific ideas and results
University: Interact moderately with faculty and staff outside the department to seek new collaboration and identify available resources in CWRU to advance project’s progress
External: Regular contact with research participants, staff, career scientists, and clinicians at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA. Occasional contacts with partners in industry and other research institutes to establish new collaborations
Students: Regular interaction with undergraduate or graduate students to provide work direction and training
Performs supervisory role on regular duties of junior staff (e.g. technicians or junior engineers) as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Provides the lead PI with recommendations regarding hiring or discharging junior staff in the team.
Experience: 3+ years of experience (post-degree) in peripheral neuromodulation in human subjects, psychophysical measurements, peripheral nerve interfaces, neural stimulation, and rehabilitation engineering. Must be accomplished at working on multidisciplinary teams consisting of clinicians (surgeons, therapists, nurses, etc.), basic science researchers, engineers and trainees in a clinical research and rehabilitation environment.
Education: PhD in Electrical or Biomedical Engineering with the thesis focused on Neural Engineering
- Expertise in neural interface design, development, surgical deployment in human and animal models
- Current certification in human subject protection, data/information security, safety and good clinical practice, as well as demonstrated skills in clinical testing with lower limb amputees
- Demonstrated ability in design and delivery of neural stimulation to restore function or sensation as evidenced by accepted peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations
- Research experience in areas of prosthetics and rehabilitation
- Extensive knowledge of peripheral nerve structure and function
- Strong history of generating peer-reviewed publications
- Mastery of Matlab programming, real-time programming, embedded controller design, data acquisition, statistical analyses, laboratory instrumentation and intra-operative measurements
- Competent in statistical analysis and analyzing complex data
- Proven ability in design and conduct of psychophysical assessments in human subjects
- Demonstrated ability to deliver on milestone based programs and projects
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team including clinicians, scientists, engineers, faculty and students.
- Prior experience in preparing grant proposals
- Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills with experience in project management
- History of dealing with external contractors and collaborators
- Experience with quantitative and subject assessment of assistive or restorative technologies outside of the laboratory environment, including the home and community.
- Experience with regulatory affairs and interactions with Institutional Review Boards.
The work environment for this job is indoors and primarily computer based. Therefore, there will be a large amount of time spent at a desk. There will be frequent visits to Case Campus to interact with other Engineers and Faculty members, as well as to access specialized laboratory equipment. The research associate will work directly with human research subjects at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. There will be occasional travel to conferences and professional meetings.
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