About the Job: Oversee the 3D printing, visualization and segmentation software and general 3D printing lab facilities. Provide general backup support for surgical procedures during large animal research. Assist the principal investigators with writing protocols, reports, and collecting data. Interact with corporate sponsors, other collaborating laboratories and principal investigators using good written and oral communication. Provide support for the principal investigator, students, and staff in general research studies and educational outreach opportunities. Must be personally motivated, to succeed in a high paced work environment. Specific duties include:
Principal Duties/Responsibilities: 3D printing lab - 40% â— Manage and execute 3D printing projects, â— Perform regular maintenance of the printers, â— Fix and troubleshoot printing issues. â— Act as a resource for students and groups utilizing the printers for printer capacity and materials. â— Interact with users to get requirements, do user acceptance testing and deliver complete and accurate solutions.
Virtual reality applications - 20% â— Maintain facilities in which virtual reality systems are located. â— Create virtual reality applications in Unity3D for the immersive visualization of 3D anatomical models. â— Create scripts for importing, exporting, analyzing, mapping and converting data.
Advanced imaging projects - 20% â— Utilize Materialize and other medical imaging software to develop and research anatomical segmentations and models from medical imaging. â— Interact with senior faculty, researchers and other technical team members to analyze source system data to understand the data structure and definitions. â— Support existing applications and databases, and serve as a resource for customer questions and problem resolution.
Surgical Coordination - 10% â— Assist with large animal preclinical research as needed. â— Assist set-up of operating room for experiment days as needed. â— Assist in organization and maintenance of equipment in the operating room and other associated laboratories.
Community Outreach - 10% â— Together with laboratory staff and graduate students, utilizing virtual reality for anatomical education and demonstration of surgical procedures; participate in educational community outreach events including: â—‹ Cardiac anatomy & physiology exhibits (i.e., AHA Heart Walk, mini medical school, MN State Fair, professional scientific conferences). â—‹ Laboratory tours (i.e., high school classes, summer STEM camps), and “A Heart to Learn” youth educational events (elementary schools). â—‹ Marketing and social media materials to help promote the lab.
Supervision: The position will be supervised primarily by VHL principal investigator, Dr. Paul Iaizzo.
About the Department: The Visible Heart® Laboratories embody a creative atmosphere which is energized by some of the best and brightest students at the University. Our lab staff has over 100 years of collective research experience and functions as a highly efficient and productive team. Dr. Paul A. Iaizzo has been at the University of Minnesota since 1990, performing research and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. In 1997, Dr. Iaizzo and his coworkers began working on large mammalian isolated heart models, and thus the Visible Heart® Laboratories were created in collaboration with Medtronic. Today, these labs are a premiere place to perform translational systems physiology research which ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations. Additional information about the Visible Heart® Laboratories can be found at: www.vhlab.umn.edu.
Research 1 - 3D printing and Mixed Reality Educational focus
The Department of Surgery’s Visible Heart® Laboratories (VHL) seeks a highly motivated Researcher 1.
Required Qualifications: â— Bachelor's degree in engineering, physiology, bioinformatics and computational biology, or related field; or a combination or related education and experience to equal four (4) years â— Exposure to 3D printing and maintenance of equipment, with willingness to learn more â— Exposure with the uses of virtual or augmented reality to teaching â— Flexible schedule involving early starts and/or long study days â— Ability to lift/transfer 50 lb items â— Ability to work well independently or as part of a fast-paced research team â— Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills
Preferred Qualifications: â— Experience with 3D printing. â— Experience with (or ability to learn) segmentation software: Materialise, Mimics, CAD, and/or 3-matic â— Mechanical ability to troubleshoot, repair, and/or enhance functionality of laboratory equipment and 3D printers â— Basic understanding of laboratory equipment (i.e., balances, water baths, biological safety cabinets, surgical instruments, cleaning solutions) â— Ability to maintain electrical and mechanical components of other research equipment: e.g, blood gas analyzers, bi-axial mechanical pullers, isolated organ systems â— Willingness to assist with large animal pre-clinical studies and work with the team on such studies. â— Experience interfacing with industry clients/collaborators in research activity
Internal Number: 341018
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