Research and Development Engineer

May 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Research and Development Engineer

Job Number:

The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery - Stanford University School of Medicine collaborates with department faculty undertaking studies addressing a broad range of orthopaedic engineering problems. Previous projects include studies addressing fracture fixation, joint replacement, tendon and ligament repair, soft tissue injury evaluation, cartilage and bone tissue engineering, and screw biomechanics. The lab incorporates multiple materials testing systems along with machining equipment for the fabrication of custom components.

The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated Research and Development Engineer to apply a variety of engineering skills to design and execute biomechanical and mechanical experiments. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with surgical and research faculty and senior technical staff.

Duties include:
  • Design and execute biomechanical tests; perform data collection and analysis, and interpret test results.
  • Develop new mechanical testing protocols or adapt previously published protocols to create new test methods to effectively evaluate soft tissue injuries and orthopaedic implants.
  • Design and fabricate custom components and assemblies for experimental setups and new surgical devices.
  • Prepare and write reports; draft and prepare scientific papers; contribute to portions of published articles or presentations.
  • Maintain testing equipment; provide general laboratory support.
  • Manage multiple research projects concurrently.
  • Provide technical direction and training to other research staff and students, as needed.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

  • Experience with mechanical test systems (ex: Instron, MTS), LabVIEW, robotics, and finite element analysis.
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical/biomechanical engineering or related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of engineering and related natural sciences.
  • Proficiencies with 3D CAD software (Fusion 360 or SOLIDWORKS preferred), MATLAB, Microsoft Office, and a computer programming language.
  • Fabrication/prototyping experience.
  • Demonstrated project management experience; ability to manage and complete multiple projects concurrently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May be exposed to radiation from x-ray imaging, Allergens/Biohazards/Chemicals.
  • May require travel.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Research

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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