University of Alberta

Lead Research Engineer

MH - Phs Med Rehab Medicine

Competition No.  -    A100632068
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is for a Lead Research Engineer for the BLINC Lab. The BLINC Lab is an interdisciplinary lab where medical, science and engineering researchers collaborate to improve the control and performance of robotic prothesis. The Lead Research Engineer will be responsible for oversight and contribution to engineering related activities in the lab, including but not limited to design of research tools and devices, maintenance of current advanced technology in the lab, design and conduct of research experimentation with human subjects, and contributing to the overall vision and mission of the lab though supporting trainees and junior research staff working under the direction of the PI's in the lab.


  • Leads the design of new research projects in the lab, as lead research engineer
  • Conducts research studies involving human participants and advanced technologies in conjunction with lab staff and students
  • Supervises trainees and junior staff in the conduct of human subjects research and application of technology in research
  • Designs novel technologies and adapt existing technologies related to the research activities in the lab
  • Oversees all engineering operations in the lab, including mentoring and signing off on designs by trainees and junior staff as appropriate
  • Maintains, upgrades and trains others in the use of all robotic hardware in the BLINC Lab
  • Maintains budgeting and be responsible for creating bill of materials for acquisition of needed materials for developing and maintaining lab technology and equipment
  • Facilitates a learning environment for trainees including developing and conducting teaching modules/seminars for required skills in the lab and developing training manuals
  • Designs and ensures standard operating procedures for use of equipment in the lab are maintained and health and safety protocols are in place in the lab


  • Minimum MSc in Engineering with a preference for skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, and experience in robotic applications
  • Professional Engineer certification (PEng) with APEGGA
  • Experience with clinical prosthetics/orthotics design/development and deployment
  • Knowledge with myoelectric design and usage
  • Experience with open source deployment of hardware and software, software interface design, 3D printing including solid works, Mat Lab for data management and machine learning experience is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary team
  • Completed research engineering projects including preparing and publishing academic research

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has a term of one year, with the possibility of renewal, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at and an annual salary range of $72,989 to $100,385.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.