Ophthalmology and the Human Movement and Balance Laboratory (HMBL) are developing a collaborative research program, and seeking to hire a Research Engineer who will direct and manage all joint research activities.
This person will work with the HMBL PIs (Drs. Redfern and Cham) and investigators within Ophthalmology (e.g. Drs. Sahel, Shah, Smith ...). This person will also be responsible for establishing the new multidisciplinary Human Factors and Design for Low Vision (HFD-LoV) Laboratory as part of the collaborative research program.
The mission of HFD-LoV is focused on three objectives:
(1) Identify the needs and barriers of people with low vision
(2) Quantitatively evaluate current interventions and assistive technology and
(3) Develop new technologies and solutions to help people with extreme vision problems.
The HFD-LoV facility is an exciting new partnership among Ophthalmology, the HMBL team, rehabilitation services within the Pittsburgh region and other health-related departments at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.
The candidate will have overall responsibility for:
The design and construction of the HFD-LoV
Managing research projects within the laboratory
Oversight of staff and students
Interacting with investigators at HMBL and Opthalmology
Contributing to research proposal development.
The required skills are:
Excellent organization skills to plan and to support research
Excellent communication skills to work with multidisciplinary teams (engineers, clinicians and rehabilitation experts)
Good engineering technical skills to build and adapt the facility as needed; including, knowledge of technical software packages (e.g. Matlab, AutoCad, Labview), experience with software interface development to control hardware and collect sensor data.
Experience working with human subjects in experiments to evaluate functional capabilities.
Ability to design and assist in the fabrication of basic prototypes if needed
NOTE: The hiring range is for full-time positions and will be prorated based on 70% effort.
The candidate will have an MS degree in engineering with significant experience in laboratory management and experimentation involving human subject testing. Project management and human subject testing involved. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
Assignment Category: Parttime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.V
Minimum Education Level Required: Master's
Minimum Experience Level Required: 5-6 years experience
Work Schedule: to be determined with supervisor
Hiring Range: TBD based of qualifications
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter
Internal Number: 20001031
About University of Pittsburgh
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