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Research Engineer/Sr. Research Engineer – Orthopaedics Research

Research Engineer/Sr. Research Engineer – Orthopaedics Research

Center for Orthopedic Research, Innovation and Training (CORIT) – Orthopedic Surgery, McGovern Medical School, Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Position Summary:

Performs engineering functions related to independent research projects and collaborates with other researchers in science or engineering. Impacts design and coordination of research laboratory experiments.

Orthopaedics Research

Full Time


TMC location 

Strongly preferred skills/experience in mechanical design & analysis, finite element analysis (FEA).

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Provides technical engineering expertise in the performance of laboratory experiments, data collection, and analysis.
  2. Sets up new experiments and maintains and/or modifies current experiments by assessing experimental needs and arranges the use of equipment.
  3. Coordinates laboratory utilization and equipment sharing among various researchers.
  4. Researches options for new equipment and supplies.
  5. Modifies computer software, uses power tools, and fabricates small adapters and mounts.
  6. Assists with instrumentation development.


  • Ability to undertake complex and challenging projects.
  • Excellent research and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to use computer systems or specified equipment that is essential for the related areas.
  • Ability to interact with scientists and researcher from other disciplines is crucial.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer and information science or other applied sciences.

Minimum Experience:

Two years experience in applied research or related field. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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