Human Motion Research Technician

  • Amherst, MA


: $75,340.00 - $128,560.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

Human Motion Research Technician

Job no: 502126
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Personalized Health Monitoring
Union: PSU
Categories: Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Human Motion Research Technician functions as a supervisor and coordinator for all research conducted in Center for Human Health and Performance (CH2P). The Technician will instruct and advise faculty, students, and industry partners in the use of the lab equipment. The Technician will assist in the establishment of protocols, keep standard operating procedures up to date, and collect data with human subjects.

Essential Functions

  • Ensure proper functioning and setup of equipment as required by study protocols. This includes Qualisys Oqus cameras, AMTI Force Platforms, Delsys EMG, Biodex Dynamometer, Biopac data recording system, and associated supplies.
  • Ensure compliance with University Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) standards.
  • Maintain a shared lab calendar that avoids scheduling conflicts, as necessitated by specific protocols.
  • Train research assistants and core users on proper equipment use and study acquisition, to meet study requirements as requested.
  • Serve as CH2P contact and representative in communication with current and future industry partners. Provide said partners with expert knowledge regarding the use of technology, study design, data analysis, reporting, and interpretation.
  • Stay current with Biomechanics related measurement and data analysis and suggest new equipment purchases as appropriate.
  • Respond promptly and appropriately to emergencies or urgent issues as they arise.
  • Manage project staff and hire and schedule staff assistants as needed for contracted projects.
  • Work with Operations Coordinator on matters relating to Core utilization and billing.
  • Develop and maintain human research protocols for facility research projects
  • Attend Core facilities meetings.
  • Work with CH2P Director to develop and maintain the Core Budget.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • MS or PhD in Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or related field.
  • Experience with human subjects research: CITI training
  • Subject matter expertise in the areas of locomotion, posture, EMG, strength and power assessment.
  • Proficiency with C-Motion Visual3D
  • Proficiency with computer programming in Matlab and/or Python
  • Excellent communication skills and capacity to liaise with staff, faculty, students, contractors, and industrialists at all levels.
  • Capacity to troubleshoot technical problems as they arise.
  • Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • PhD in Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or related field.
  • Experience writing scientific manuscripts and technical reports
  • Experience developing and managing a budget.
  • Lab management experience
  • Proficiency in statistics
  • Additional Details

    The Human Motion Research Technician works under the Director of the CH2P and will receive guidance from the CH2P Advisory Committee.

    Salary Information

    Level 26

    PSU Salary Chart

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Review of applications will begin on August 27, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Required application materials include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Aug 20 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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