Project Opportunities

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Project: 3D printing and assembly of a Modular Transradial Prosthetic Socket

Time commitment: 4 hours/week

Start date: October 4, 2021

End date: November 26, 2021

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021

Student background: Engineering (Preferably Mechanical)

If interested, please fill out the following form.


Engineering Position for Hardware Development for Advanced System for Implant Stability Testing

Start date: October 2021, negotiable 

Term: September, 2022 with option for extension

Application deadline: September 28, 2021.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience

Position Description:

This work focuses on development of a clinical device known as the Advanced System for Implant Stability Testing (ASIST) for non-invasive evaluation of the bone-implant interface in lower limb osseointegrated implants. The ASIST isolates the interface properties by measuring the acceleration upon impact with the implant system, in combination with an analytical model that is based on vibration theory. We aim to apply this technique in the clinic to track the stability of the bone-implant interface over the time, thereby providing a method to detect early loosening of the implant.

We are seeking a research engineer to develop the next generation ASIST unit, with a particular focus on lower limb implants. The successful candidate will work in an inter-disciplinary team including electrical and mechanical engineers, graduate students, and clinicians. Job duties will include developing and finalizing design criteria, integrating multiple components into a prototype, benchtop testing prototypes, and iterating design features in response to feedback from the team. The position will require leadership in the development aspects and a dynamic and cooperative team approach, so strong communication and team working skills are an asset. Ability to work under tight timelines with concrete deliverables is required. This work is funded by a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program grant.

The applicant will be supervised by Dr. Lindsey Westover, P.Eng and Dr. Jacqueline Hebert, MD.

The candidate should have:

  1. an M.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering or a Mechanical, Electrical, or Biomedical Engineering B.Sc with Mechatronics major and relevant experience.
  2. experience in at least 2 of the following areas especially when applied to medical devices:
    1. Mechanical design: solid modeling (e.g. SolidWorks or similar) and prototyping of parts using 3D printing and traditional manufacturing
    2. Electrical design: prototyping of circuits for sensor acquisition, signal processing, and control of electromagnetic based actuators
    3. Software design: proficiency in multiple programming languages (e.g. Matlab/python/C#/C++ or similar) and the ability to pick up new languages quickly for software development on computers and microcontrollers
  3. experience gathering requirements, developing test methods to validate prototypes, and preparing related documentation

Familiarity in the following areas is an asset:

  1. Vibrations and dynamics
  2. PCB design (EagleCAD, Altium, or similar) and fabrication
  3. Wireless communication design

If interested, please send a cover letter and your CV in a single PDF to:

Dr. Lindsey Westover at lwestove@ualberta.ca with a subject line BLINC ASIST engineering application