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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on October 20, 2019
Req #: 171084
Posting Date: 08/19/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

Our Prosthetic Engineering research and design team currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH MECHANICAL ENGINEER 1 eager to make a positive difference in the lives of people with lower-limb loss. Our group has a 25-year history of creating new sensing modalities for prosthetists and amputee patients, most of them involving portable sensors for field use. Data from our systems provide key insight to clinicians treating amputee patients, and provide feedback signals to automated control systems that adjust prosthetic sockets during use so as to maintain fit, function, and high-level performance.

We are a 15-person interdisciplinary group of bioengineers, clinicians, mechanical and electrical engineers and software specialists. The research is focused on development and implementation of novel measurement techniques for external prosthetics.  The goal of the projects is to create instruments to help practitioners better understand patient prosthetic fit problems and select treatments to improve function and quality of life.

This is a mechanical engineer position. The position relies on strong critical thinking and analysis aptitude and the capability to work well with a team of other engineers and practitioners. Strong organizational skill and the ability to communicate effectively with the rest of the team are important. The candidate will be expected to document work clearly towards the preparation of manuscripts and funding agency progress reports.

1.Integrate an inductive sensing element into a prosthetic socket release-relock system.
  • CAD design using Inventor.
  • Calibrate and bench test using a mechanical testing machine and other apparatus.
  • Work with Electrical Engineer to write code for data acquisition and control.

    2. Develop novel sensor technologies for auto-adjusting limb orthoses.
  • Design mechanical aspects of the system, working closely with faculty and other staff engineers.
  • Conduct FE analysis using Hypermesh/Abacus software as needed to optimize design.
  • Identify failure modes and potential improvements in sensor (mechanical) design, or in material implementation.
  • Present interpretations to senior researchers and research prosthetists, and electrical and control engineers designing the rest of the system.

    3. Data collection on individuals with limb loss.
  • Operate instrumentation as part of a team to collect sensor data on people with limb loss.
  • Debug mechanical issues as needed.

    Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or a related science or engineering discipline.
  • Three months of experience in a research or industry setting.
  • Experience in mechanical engineering and design.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for hands-on work and solid mechanical intuition.
  • Ability to accurately fabricate, install, and debug sensors for optimal performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to design a mechanical system.
  • Advanced use of parametric modeling and design software (Inventor, etc).
  • Familiar with Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T).
  • Ability to independently prioritize and organize work to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new systems and to implement new processes in response to changing demands of requirements.
  • Proficient in Matlab and Abacus (or a related FE modeling package).

    Desired Requirements:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mechanics of materials.
  • Capability to write manuscript-quality description of analysis methods and results.
  • Proficient in LabVIEW. 

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page.  If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or