Human Performance Center Biomechanist/Manager (title: Academic Administrator) University of California, San Francisco
Located in the Orthopaedic Institute of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay Campus, the Human Performance Center (HPC) is a research and clinical laboratory specializing in biomechanics and exercise physiology. The role of the HPC is to optimize the function and performance throughout the lifespan. Reporting to the HPC Director, this role emphasizes multidisciplinary solutions to advance discovery, using cutting edge biomechanics and exercise physiology approaches to provide accurate and precise quantitative assessments of human function. The HPC is dedicated to injury prevention and improving the performance of athletes in the community.
The Human Performance Center functions as a Recharge Center for UCSF Faculty and Clinicians of which the incumbent will act as the Administrator for all of the clinical and research programs. The center and its employees provide clinical and research services for both the Hospital and University. The multidisciplinary clinical programs utilize the lab and the expertise of the professional staff to evaluate patients and counsel clinicians on patient care. Program examples include UCSF RunSafe (a running injury prevention and performance improvement clinic), UCSF Return Athlete to Maximal Performance (movement and strength assessment for post-injury return to sport), UCSF Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program (pre-season screening for youth athletes), and UCSF Gait Analysis (a clinical gait analysis for orthopaedic, neuromuscular, and amputee decision making).
We are seeking a leader with proven technical and administrative skills that will manage all biomechanical research programs in the lab using state-of-the-art equipment for collecting 3D kinematics and kinetics. Current research projects include both cross-sectional and longitudinal evaluations for hip osteoarthritis, surgical intervention for FAI, diabetic neuropathy of the foot, gait retraining and exercise interventions for Parkinson’s patients, total knee replacement, and ACL reconstruction. Lab equipment includes: 10-camera Vicon Motion Capture system, 3 AMTI force plates, Delsys 16 electrode wireless EMG system, H/P/Cosmos clinical treadmill, Lode Excalibur Cycle Ergometer, Parvomedics Metabolic Cart, Quinton EKG Stress Cart, BTE Primus Dynamometer, and a Tekscan HR-mat.
Primary responsibilities include: • Onboarding and training of staff, students, residents, and research fellows on equipment, software, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all data collections • Mentor interns and UCSF trainees in the field of biomechanics and movement analysis • Perform data collection, data processing, and data analysis for biomechanics programs • Develop and maintain SOPs for research and clinical programs • Collaborate with Faculty for motion analysis study design, with clinical staff on development or modifications to clinical programs, and consult with industry on equipment development or validation • Lead weekly HPC team meetings, monthly full HPC laboratory meetings, and regular project meetings encompassing a multidisciplinary group of UCSF faculty and staff • Maintains day-to-day lab operations such as staff and patient scheduling, AP/AR, quality oversight, program marketing • Facilitating community outreach through the STEM program and Bay Area Science Festival among others • In collaboration with the HPC Director, prepare and monitor fiscal year budgets, including recharge center proposals, reviews, and modifications • Administer exercise, functional, and strength testing for UCSF patients, recreational athletes, and professional athletes • Administer and monitor weekly progress for research participants participating in exercise intervention programs; adapting exercise prescriptions when needed • Grow and develop current (and new) clinical programs for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery • Build the pediatric clinical gait analysis program, establishing reliable, repeatable, and valid measures for clinical care • Establish trusting relationships with sports teams within the greater Bay Area ranging from high school and youth club teams to professional organizations • Marketing and increasing attendance records for the community-based wellness programs offered by the HPC • Prepare budget proposals for incoming research grants and service quotes for industry users • Supervise and manage HPC staff including allocation of percent effort on various projects
Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Biomechanical Engineering, or Exercise Science/Movement Science with three or more years of recent, related experience in human movement analysis using techniques and methods required by the position; three to five years laboratory management experience, current Personal Training certification from ACSM, ACE, NASM, or NSCA; experience with providing exercise prescriptions, administering exercise training programs; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work independently and multi-task; ability to adapt to changing priorities; excellent organizational skills; ability to troubleshoot equipment and study protocol; advance computer skills including data management programs.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experiencing using Vicon Nexus 3D Motion Capture system and software, Visual 3D software, and Matlab programming. Prior experience in a clinical gait lab. Prior experience in a research gait lab. Prior experience working with professional athletes for performance assessments.
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: JPF03209
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