The Research Engineer will support the research agenda of the Etemadi Research Group in the Department of Anesthesiology. The Research Engineer will be responsible for software development, custom hardware design and existing hardware maintenance to support the various research projects. The Research Engineer will also assist in experiment design and implementation and data collection and analysis for the various research projects using a wide range of physiological signals including EMG and EEG and devices including novel physiologic sensors. The research engineer will also interface with clinical study teams, including patient contact during trials to assess acceptability of device operation as well as elicit patient feedback specific to devices.
Assist laboratory personnel in all aspects of experimental data collection including experimental protocol design, software development and debugging, and data processing and analysis.
Management, maintenance and procurement of laboratory space, equipment and supplies including EMG and EEG recording systems, haptic interface devices, isometric force measurement systems and motion capture cameras.
Design, develop and implement signal processing algorithms for existing and new medical sensing devices.
Assist with the mechanical design and implementation of medical sensing devices.
Interfaces with clinical teams, including patient contact, to assess acceptability of medical devices in a clinical setting.
Documentation of laboratory acquisition and control software development for internal and external (publications and meetings) purposes.
Participates in the planning & conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention. Obtains informed consent. Administers tests &/or questionnaires following protocols. Collects, compiles, tabulates & processes responses. Gathers information. Extracts & analyzes data from medical charts.
Collects, records, reviews & summarizes research data. Collates relevant mathematical results & prepares tables, charts & graphs reflecting relationships of multiple tests. Prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on recruitment status and other pertinent study data. Writes portions of grant applications & co-author scientific papers. Completes documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
2+ years of software development experience and/or control systems design or other relevant experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge of Matlab and C/C++ or equivalent languages
Knowledge of control systems theory
Excellent management skills
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Ability to interact effectively in an interdisciplinary environment (individuals with disabilities, therapists, engineers)
Master of Science degree or equivalent work experience in software development and/or mechatronics and control systems design.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience in mechanical system design related to biomedical devices including knowledge of autocad software (e.g. Solid Works).
Experience in a research laboratory setting
Experience working with subjects in a health care/rehabilitation setting
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40701
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.