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Research Technician

Research Techician
26 May 2021
26 May 2021
Dunedin, Otago
New Zealand
University of Otago


Who we are

The School of Physiotherapy strives to provide excellence in physiotherapy teaching, research, and clinical practice. Our focus is primarily on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of physical dysfunction, and in the promotion of health for people of all ages. Research and knowledge transfer are key elements of the School's activities managed through our dedicated Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR).

The role

As a Research Technician you will manage the specialised human movement sciences (i.e. motor control and clinical biomechanics) labs in order to maximise the research activity and outputs within our School.

Main objectives:

  • Ensure equipment/software stays at the cutting edge of technology in the biomechanical areas.

  • Streamline and rationalise the use of labs and data collection so the space and equipment is used to its maximum advantage.

  • Ensure researchers (staff and students) are using resources efficiently and to capacity, and with sound technical knowledge and skill.

  • Pro-actively develop networks with other technical officers around the University and external stakeholders to share equipment and resources.

  • Provide technical advice and support for research projects and postgraduate students.

  • Provide technical support and training in major research labs for computer-based equipment (e.g. Motion Analysis, NeuroCom Balance Suite, vHIT, EMG and Biodex).

  • Manage the day-to-day running of the technical aspects of the Human Movement Science Lab.

  • Construct, modify or acquire equipment as required for research.

Your skills and experience

  • BSc degree in the areas of Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Kinesiology, Motor Control, Physical Therapy, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field.

  • Knowledge of biomechanical principles.

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).

  • In-depth knowledge and experience of computer hardware and software including data acquisition technology.

  • Recognised experience and ability with software coding and programming, with an application to Human Movement Science research.

  • A working knowledge of relevant statistical and data manipulation software.

  • Proven ability to use or easily learn a variety of creative, analytical and engineering software.

  • Proven ability to build, maintain and repair complex electrical and electronic equipment.

  • Proven ability to contribute ideas to innovative research projects.

  • Knowledge and proven ability to apply the concepts of engineering, mathematics and statistics, with an application to Human Movement Science research.

  • Inventive personality to aid in research design.

Further details

This is a part-time (0.6 FTE), permanent position.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this job.


Applications quoting reference number 2100716 will close on Monday, 7 June 2021.

As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.