• 15-Nov-2016 to 13-Mar-2017 (EST)
  • Research & Technology
  • Mt. Sterling, OH, USA
  • Full Time




The Engineer will be responsible for designing, conducting, publishing, and presenting scientific research studies related to enhancements in prosthetics and orthotics; gathering and evaluating clinical data for patient-based outcome testing; translating laboratory research into useful information for clinical practitioners; identifying funding sources for product research; writing grant applications and reports; managing funded projects; evaluating and developing new technology for use in prosthetics and orthotics.



Essential Responsibilities of the Job:


  • Design, conduct, document, and present research projects to establish benefits of current and future WillowWood products
  • Responsible for the development and execution of research aimed at generating ideas for new and improved products and for proving efficacy of products.
  • Work closely with the Engineering team to identify and develop new technologies and prototypes for the Prosthetics and Orthotics field.
  • Apply for grants to fund product research and development efforts.
  • Manage funded grants, write reports.
  • Conduct research in support of the sale and use of existing products
  • Support WillowWood Intellectual Property processes, including applying for patents and reviewing patents.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



Essential Skills Needed for the Job:


This position requires some degree of mechanical and electronic and biomedical aptitude. This position will have heavy interaction with clinicians, patients, engineers, and technicians.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Graduate degree in Engineering, preferably biomedical engineering or similar
  • Must have 1-3 years experience in designing, conducting, publishing, and presenting scientific research studies.
  • Knowledge of Statistical Analysis
  • Familiar with a variety of measurement systems, such as dimensional, mechanical loads, motion, electrical, and thermal.
  • Ability to successfully write grant applications and manage funded projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others across multiple departments and functions and with those from other organizations.
  • Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts and draw valid, actionable conclusions.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and arrive at reasonable, actionable responses.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Excellent computer skills (including MS Office)
  • Excellent organizational skills necessary to work on multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to function well independently and/or as part of a multifaceted design team
  • Demonstrated creativity


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Research experience in a clinical environment
  • Grant writing and grant management skills
  • Product development abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and source new product ideas.
  • Understanding of prosthetic components and biomedical engineering concepts
  • Basic understanding of lower and upper limb anatomy, physiology, and gait analysis


Scope of the Job:

Indicate the total number of employees reporting to this position:

                                    Direct:                          Level Below Direct:

            Exempt:            0                                  0

            Non-Exempt:    0                                  0


List the titles of the jobs reporting to this position:

  • N/A


Indicate the type of supervision exercised:

  • No supervision exercised
  • Annual payroll responsibility (if any):     $ N/A

(Include total payroll dollars for the piece of the organization for which this position is responsible)

  • Annual Operating Budget (if any):          $ N/A
  • Annual revenue responsibility (if any):   $ N/A


Identify key positions with which this position interacts.  State title (internal) or role (external) and frequency of interaction:


  • Daily interaction with engineers, technicians, operators, clinicians, patients. Some interaction with external resources.


Physical Demands of the Job:

How much on-the-job time is spent in the following physical activities?


  • Climb Balance, Stoop, Kneel, Crouch or Crawl, Taste or Smell under 1/3 of the time
  • Stand, Walk, Sit 1/3 to 2/3 of the time
  • Use hands to finger, handle, or feel over 2/3 of the time
  • Reach with hands and arms as well as talk or hear over 2/3 of the time.
  • Lift up to 10 pounds over 2/3 of the time, Lift up to 25 pounds 1/3 to 2/3 of the time, Lift up to 50 pounds under 1/3 of the time, and Lift up to 100 or more pounds none of the time.
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships.
  • Work in wet or humid conditions (non-weather), fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock or vibration under 1/3 of the time, Work near moving mechanical parts over 2.3 of the time and work in high, precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold (non-weather), extreme heat (non-weather) none of the time.



Work Environment:


How much exposure to the following environmental conditions does this job require?


  • Wet or humid condition (non-weather), fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock and vibration under a 1/3 of the time.
  • Work near moving mechanical parts over 2/3 of the time.
  • Work in high, precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, Extreme cold (non-weather) or extreme heat (non-weather) none of the time.


How much noise is typical for the work environment of this job? Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)



The preceding job description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbents.  Consequently, job incumbents may be asked to perform other duties as required.


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