Managing Scientist, Biomechanics
J.S. Held

Phoenix, Arizona

Posted in Consultancy

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Job Info

The Company

Are you looking to join an organization that is growing and dynamic? What about a high-energy, collaborative environment that rewards hard work?

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm that combines technical, scientific, financial, and strategic expertise to advise clients seeking to realize value and mitigate risk. Our professionals serve as trusted advisors to organizations facing high stakes matters demanding urgent attention, staunch integrity, proven experience, clear-cut analysis, and an understanding of both tangible and intangible assets.

The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services, products, and data that enable clients to navigate complex, contentious, and often catastrophic situations.

The Team And Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced User Experience Research Manager with a background in biomechanics (preferred) or kinesiology to join our Human Factors team. This is a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial, highly driven person with a well-rounded skill set to join the Human Factors team, whose responsibilities extend beyond those of traditional Human Factors or Biomechanics professionals. The ideal person for this role will need to have not only strong quantitative and qualitative UX research skills and experience, but also be flexible and a strategic thinker, able to hire and mentor junior staff, contribute to the team's strategy for growth, develop business, and perform research as an individual contributor on a number of concurrent projects. This role differs somewhat from the typical UX manager role, in its reduced emphasis on people and project management and its prominent emphasis on business development .

The Human Factors team performs a variety of studies related to product use-related health (including musculoskeletal strain), safety (including physical injury risk), usability, and user experience, by bringing to bear methodologies from basic science, such as motion capture, biofidelic kinetic computer modeling and simulation, physiological data recording, or eye tracking. You will help in marketing and selling UX research projects, scoping and budgeting such projects, writing the corresponding client proposals, operationalizing client needs as empirical research questions, designing bespoke studies around those research questions, collecting data from participants using a wealth of custom-tailored methodologies, analyzing data in creative ways, and translating the results back into actionable outcomes for our clients. You will also help grow and mentor the team and contribute to its strategic initiatives. Your work may also entail working up litigation matters related to alleged physical injuries and, eventually, testifying as an expert witness in biomechanics. As a consultant, your experiences will be as varied and diverse as the products and services out there, possibly spanning automotive, medical, pharma, consumer electronics, appliances, heavy machinery, child products, and extended reality products - although the exact nature of your work will be determined in part by your ability to generate work in various industries.

Please submit an academic CV in addition to a more traditional resume.

Job Responsibilities

  • This role will entail study design, execution, data analysis, and report preparation.
  • It will further entail significant levels of marketing and business development.
  • It will also involve the hiring and mentoring of junior staff.
  • It will require managing multiple concurrent projects.
  • You may also eventually serve as a testifying expert in litigation.
  • A successful candidate is one who has tenacity, endurance, perseverance, and determination, as well as creativity, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship, and who exhibits a high degree of autonomy and ownership.

Required Qualifications

  • D. in Biomechanics (preferred), Kinesiology, Sports Science, or a related basic scientific field preferred.
  • A minimum of five to ten years of experience in industry and with managing client projects.
  • Alternatively, Master's Degree in Biomechanics (preferred), Kinesiology, or Sports Science, plus minimum of ten years experience in industry.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial drive and passion to succeed.
  • Proven track record of ownership of empirical research, from study inception to study design and execution to data analysis and interpretation.
  • Excellent inferential statistics and data analytic skills.
  • Experience with setup of motion capture (preferred) and/or IMU equipment and analysis of resulting data.
  • Experience with biofidelic kinetic computer modeling and simulation desired but not required.
  • Experience with physiological data recording (EMG, EKG) desired but not required.
  • Possible interest in potential litigation support and/or forensic work.

Physical And Mental Job Qualifications

  • Ability to travel as needed, depending on project assignments.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Some of the Benefits We Have Include

J.S. Held understands all our employees are people and sometimes life needs flexibility. We work to always provide an environment that best supports and suits our team's needs.

  • Our flexible work environment allows employees to work remotely, when needed
  • Flexible Time Off policy
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401k Match
  • Commuter Benefit

A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $120,000 - $160,000 Any offered salary range is based on a wide array of factors including but not limited to skillset, experience, training, location, scope of role, management responsibility, etc.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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EEO and Job Accommodations

We embrace diversity and our commitment to building a team and environment that fosters professional and personal enrichment is unwavering. We are greater when we are equal!

J.S. Held is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request for a reasonable accommodation, please email and include "Applicant Accommodation" within the subject line with your request and contact information.

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