Under general supervision as a member of the UMB Crash Injury Research & Engineering
Network (CIREN) at the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS, performs activities
pertaining to specialized accident investigation. This is a specialized position for the
specific project on trauma injury and automobile engineering.
Position is responsible for conducting site visits in order to gather detailed
information on automobile accidents by means of photographs, measurements, interviews
and/or written documentation, using National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) standards.
In charge of all crash data and database applications as well as for composing reports
and/or diagrams utilizing NASS techniques and conducting written and/or oral
presentations as needed.
1. Performs site visits in order to conduct detailed accident scene investigations as
2. Serves as liaison between the UMB CIREN National Study Center for Trauma and EMS
program and local police departments, tow companies, insurance companies and salvage
yards to facilitate data collection and access to vehicles and crash scenes.
3. Has on-site responsibility for determining that the vehicle and crash circumstances
meet the inclusion criteria of the study.
4. Gathers comprehensive accident related information through the use of photographs,
measurements, interviews and/or written documentation in accordance NASS standards.
5. Enters relevant and precise data resulting from accident investigation work into the
UMB CIREN database.
6. Responsible for the maintenance of all databases, files, and/or other information
related to accident investigation.
7. Prepares reports and/or diagrams resulting from the accident investigation using NASS
8. Presents NASS quality reports/findings both verbally and written as required.
9. Attends meetings as required.
10. Acts as member of the UMB CIREN National Study Center for Trauma and EMS research
11. Contributes to the initiation and development of future research initiatives and
involved in the grant writing and application process for other funding announcements
requiring injury investigations (i.e. motorcycle crashes, occupational injuries).
12. Performs other related duties as necessary.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree in a related field (such as Engineering or Physics).
EXPERIENCE: Three to five years of experience in automotive crash investigation and
reconstruction. Preferred candidates will have National Automotive Sampling System
experience and knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly PowerPoint and Word) and VISIO
drawing package or equivalent.
OTHER: Must possess a valid Maryland driver's license and have use of a personal vehicle.
Certification in National Automotive Sampling System highly preferred. May not testify
as an expert witness in the field of crash reconstruction and injury biomechanics.
Ability to gather, analyze and interpret data related to accident investigation and
reconstruction. Ability to communicate in an effective manner (written and verbal).
Ability to compose diagrams and/or technical reports following NASS standards. Ability to
lift and manipulate heavy objects, tools and supplies as needed; to work in, on, around,
under and over machinery and/or fixed equipment; to exert force up to 70 lbs.; to work in
hazardous or irritating environments, confined spaces, and adverse weather or temperature
conditions; to wear and work in personal protective equipment. Ability to access remote
geographic locations. Ability to work as a member of a research team. Knowledge of
research techniques, data collection, and database functions. Knowledge of accident
investigation and reconstruction. Knowledge of National Automotive Sampling System
requirements. Knowledge of math, physics, and/or mechanical understanding. Skill in the
use of computers and required software related to accident investigation and
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
May involve exposure to elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke,
unpleasant odors and/or loud noises.