Research Engineer | Biomedical Engineering

Wake Forest Baptist Health
Job Title: Research Engineer
Job ID: 5348
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Category: Research Professional
Winston-Salem, NCResearch Professional, Medical, Healthcare12/16/2013BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERINGFull-time Regular, 40 hours/weekThis position is focused on computational modeling and is currently available in the Center for Injury Biomechanics, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. We are searching for an...

Job Description


Full-time Regular, 40 hours/week

This position is focused on computational modeling and is currently available in the Center for Injury Biomechanics, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

We are searching for an outstanding individual to join our research and development group focused on Finite Element Modeling, Computer Aided Design, and other initiatives focused on injury prediction and prevention.

In the course of performing the duties of this position we anticipate that the individual will: 1) apply knowledge of state-of-the-art dynamic finite element modeling techniques, including but not limited to: Parametric mesh development, optimization and improvement of existing finite element meshes, material model optimization, contact algorithm selection, and geometry development to support the core mission of the center's research projects. 2) Have the opportunity to participate in a number of ongoing interdisciplinary research projects related to injury biomechanics underway in our center, 3) develop excellent written and oral presentation skills, 4) develop a valuable peer network through collaboration with industry and university partners and 5) encourage the individual's own professional growth through attending pertinent training courses as necessary.

The injury biomechanics group at Wake Forest University is closely partnered with Virginia Tech's Center for Injury Biomechanics. This joint center is a leading research institution in the field, offering state-of-the-art facilities for conducting all aspects of injury biomechanics research. A unique attribute of our center at Wake Forest is that we are under the auspices of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, facilitating collaboration with clinical faculty.

The ideal candidate should have the following attributes.

~ BS in Engineering and two years of experience; MS will be considered. A degree in a closely related field with appropriate computational modeling experience will also be considered.

~ 3+ years of experience (preferred) in computational methods and simulation, including structural finite element analysis (dynamic, non-linear are pluses)
~ Experience with commercial volume meshing software (Hypermesh, Truegrid, IA-FEMesh, etc.)
~Strong engineering fundamentals
~Works well within a team setting
~Excellent verbal and technical writing skills

~ Proficient in LS-Dyna a plus
~ Proficient in CAD modeling software (SolidWorks, Geomagic Studio, Rhinoceros a plus)
~ Familiarity with high performance computing, and Linux OS a plus

1365 Research Engineer

Job Summary: Research Engineer, Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB)

Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline and two (2) years of biomechanics research experience; or Master's degree in mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline. Higher education levels (i.e. Ph.D.) may be considered.

Reports To: Joel Stitzel, Scott Gayzik

Licensure, Certification and / or Registration: Valid driver's license

Essential Functions:

1. Highly technical position involving all aspects of biomechanics research related to the core mission of the Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB)
2. Oversee junior engineers and students within the CIB on engineering and simulation related tasks
3. Use finite element analysis (FEA) tools and related software to support extramurally funded research, and to generate pilot data for new research
4. Pre-process FEA simulations using software such as Hyperworks, LS-Pre Post, and True-grid
5. Experience using high performance computational clusters, such as the DEAC Cluster at WFU
6. Analyze FEA simulation results using software such as Hyperworks or LS-Pre Post
8. Perform segmentation and other quantitative analysis on medical image data, including CT and MRI
9. Assist conducting laboratory experiments and data collection including external anthropometry and rapid prototyping studies
10. Support the CIB?s graduate student training mission via occasional lectures related to CAD, FEA, and simulation
11. Interface with sponsors, colleagues, and collaborators at national and international conferences, participate in regular project update meetings
12. Assist writing technical reports and manuscripts

Skills and Qualifications:

Experience with high rate finite element analysis simulations, extensive pre- and post-processing capabilities
Familiarity with high performance computing clusters
Advanced experience with CAD modeling
Works well within a team environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Physical Requirements:
Amount of time spent performing the following activities:

0% 35% 65%
to to to
35% 65% 100% N/A Activity
x Standing
x Walking
X Sitting
x Bending
x Reaching with arms
X Finger and hand dexterity
X Talking
X Hearing
X Seeing
Lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling:
x 20 lbs. maximum
x 50 lbs. maximum
x 100 lbs. maximum

Work Environment:
This job requires working in an office environment, including working while seated at a desk and using a desktop computer.

The job requires some travel to support the goals and research mission of Wake Forest the Center of Injury Biomechanics.

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-0175. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at

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