Ergonomics Laboratory Manager

Department:  Canadian Center for Health and Safety in Agriculture

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Status:  Term, up to three years with the possibility of extension.

Salary Information: $70, 000 to $80, 000. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary),sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

Primary Purpose: The School of Physical Therapy and the Canadian Center for Health and Safety in Agriculture are seeking applicants for a jointly-offered 3-year research fellowship in the field of Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics based in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

The position is designed to support and undertake investigations in rural ergonomics and occupational biomechanics relative to identifying and reducing injury risk within the workforce. The Lab Manager will be responsible for the calibration, maintenance, and stewardship of ergonomic exposure assessment equipment.  In addition, the Lab Manager will lead data processing effects, including data conditioning and cleaning and calculation of exposure summary metrics.  Applicants for this position are expected to have considerable experience in laboratory and fieldwork investigations linked to epidemiological, biomechanical, and ergonomic research, including the programming required to process these types of measurements.

Further information about our current research directions can be found on the following websites.

Nature of Work: This position has no direct reports. Typically the role will involve a standard 5-day work week with anticipated hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, although this may occasionally vary due to the nature of research projects being undertaken. While workplace exposures will be minimal, from time to time the position will require on-farm fieldwork which may include exposure to grain dust and animals. It is expected that the applicant will have a valid driver’s license and travel to worksites as required. Overnight travel is not anticipated.


  • Calibration and maintenance of lab-based biomechanical equipment (motion capture system, force plates, rotopod vibration platform)
  • Contributing to methods development for lab- and field-based biomechanical exposure studies
  • Data collection with biomechanical equipment (primarily lab-based, with possibility for field-based)
  • Management of lab schedule and coordination of equipment use among collaborators
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of field-based electronic exposure assessment equipment, correspondence with manufacturers and maintenance technicians
  • Development of data processing programs to generate exposure summary statistics from time series data
  • Contribute to research publications
  • Contribute to research development including identifying opportunities for research direction and funding.

Education: PhD in biomechanics, ergonomics, or related field. Other combinations of educational qualifications and work experience may be considered.

Experience:  Two to five years of relevant experience in:

  • Management of biomechanics laboratory and research project management;
  • Laboratory and field-based assessment of biomechanical exposures;
  • Working with study participants, including mounting and removing measurement equipment
  • Teaching/working with students an asset


  • Computer programming, analytical software development
  • Database development and management
  • Tracking and linking large quantities of exposure data
  • Competent with descriptive and basic inferential statistics (SPSS, SAS, R, STATA, etc)
  • Demonstrated English writing skills, able to contribute to scientific publications
  • Good time management skills required
  • Ability to access and review scientific literature published in foreign language an advantage.

Please apply by June 30, 2014

Applicants should submit, via email attachment, their cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Catherine Trask, PhD
Canada Research Chair
Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), University of Saskatchewan
103 Hospital Drive, PO Box 120, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8 Canada

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.