The George Mason University Biomedical Imaging Laboratory (BMIL), within the College of Engineering and Computing, seeks proactive, organized, and self-reliant Research Engineers (multiple positions) with experience in diagnostic ultrasound imaging, sensor electronics and instrumentation, and signal processing. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
Candidates will support multiple federally funded research projects focused on developing wearable ultrasound sensors, validating new imaging techniques for assessing musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain, and creating ultrasound-based interfaces for controlling powered prosthetic devices. We are looking for a candidate who possesses strong technical skills, values entrepreneurship, is strongly motivated, and has a passion for delivering immediate impact to patients in need. Our interdisciplinary research team is based at the Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain Body Interactions. Ongoing projects bridge multiple disciplinary areas including bioengineering, neuroscience, psychology, and rehabilitation through extensive collaborations. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and research platforms for imaging (ultrasound, MRI, near infrared spectroscopy), neuroscience (multichannel EEG, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, transcranial Doppler), as well as clinical research facilities for cardiovascular, neurosurgery and rehabilitation research applications through our clinical partners. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to get involved in research projects with one or more of these collaborating centers.
Candidate will support complex, fast-paced, milestone-driven projects drive continued rapid growth and execution of the expanding research portfolio of BMIL. At the core we are looking for a tinkerer, someone who is passionate about coding and lives to solve technical challenges. You should be obsessed with keeping your code neatly documented, excited by improvements in performance, efficiency, reliability, comfortable with ambiguity, and driven to make things work. You should have expertise in electronics and instrumentation to work on projects that involve close collaborations with industry and medical institutions for developing novel ultrasound-based technologies. Individuals recruited under this position will be tasked with a variety of research tasks including but not limited to programming research-grade ultrasound engines, e.g., Verasonics or Cephasonics, and developing and optimizing fabrication techniques for producing novel wearable ultrasound sensors and accompanying electronics.
Primary Responsibilities may include:
Working closely with a team of software and hardware engineers to develop specifications and requirements;
Serve as a liaison with the Cephasonics to exchange system specifications, protocols, and data;
Characterize electro-acoustical properties of custom-fabricated ultrasound sensors;
Developing software for controlling custom sensors using Cephasonics engine;
Developing beamforming and image processing algorithms for custom sensors;
Designing and testing signal processing boards;
Designing and developing embedded systems software;
Testing, troubleshooting, and debugging integrated ultrasound systems;
Benchmark custom ultrasound transducers against commercially available clinical systems;
Preparing in-depth documentation of hardware, software, and user manuals;
Preparing technical reports, patents, publications, regulatory documents and applications, and proposals for new innovative technologies; and
Support ongoing imaging studies.
Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree;
Strong aptitude for math and physics;
Solid understanding of analog and digital circuit design;
Instrumentation engineering experience;
Some experience in programming;
Instrumentation engineering experience;
Ability to work on accelerated product development schedules;
Ability to communicate with multidisciplinary teams; and
Demonstrate strong documentation skills writing specs, test plans, in code commentary and flow charts.
Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent degree;
Experience with biomedical instrumentation, specifically ultrasound instrumentation;
Experience with Altium, Eagle, or similar PCBECAD design tools;
Soldering, prototyping, testing and measurement experience;
Experience with signal processing;
Experience with programming in MATLAB, Python, and C;
Experience with embedded C programming and IDE's (MPLab, IAR, etc.);
Solid understanding of microcontroller hardware and firmware design, including peripherals such as ADCs, Timers, etc. (familiarity with PIC chipset a plus);
Understanding of microcontroller power management modes and how to design for low power applications (internal vs. external oscillator selection, wake on interrupt, etc...);
Experience programming an embedded system for an FDA regulated medical device;
Experience developing Software Requirements Specifications, an Architecture Design Chart (includes a detailed depiction of functional units and software modules – state diagrams, flow charts, etc.), and Software Design Specifications; and
Experience with signal processing.
Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here
The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts10,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 302 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 93 are tenured, 75 are tenure-track, 82 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $70 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, community-based healthcare, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.
George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.
In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to increase its capacity in engineering and computing. Some of the university's exciting plans are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a 360,000 square foot building–Fuse at Mason Square. Fuse will become the nexus of Mason's transdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship, and academic program efforts in digital innovation, and will unite the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to address the world's grand challenges.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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