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wrledoux
04-18-2003, 03:53 AM
Biomechanics Graduate Student

The Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Center of Excellence for
Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering at the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle has a
position available for a doctoral candidate in biomechanics. The successful
candidate will be expected to enroll in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Washington for the fall of 2003. Potential
areas of research are related to lower limb biomechanics, with emphasis on
the foot and ankle. Possible topics include: 1) computational modeling of
the foot and ankle, 2) mechanical testing of healthy and diabetic soft
tissue, 3) exploration of the relationship between foot structure and
diabetic ulceration, and 4) development of systematic studies of foot
function.

Preferred technical competencies include one or more of the following: 1)
experience with mechanical testing and data acquisition, 2) calibration and
routine maintenance of instrumentation (load cells, LVDTs, accelerometers,
etc.), and 3) experience with computational (finite element) modeling.
Familiarity with the use of machine shop and electronic assembly tools to
construct specialized research instruments and fixtures would be
advantageous. The successful candidate will be expected to disseminate
their results at relevant conferences and publish their work in
peer-reviewed journals.

The VA RR&D Center collaborates with the University of Washington
Departments of Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Bioengineering,
Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The purpose of the
Center's research is to provide further understanding of biomechanics and
applications in the field of orthopaedics, rehabilitation, amputation
prevention, gait analysis and prosthetic design. This work has the
potential for having a major impact on the diagnosis, treatment and
rehabilitation of Veterans and non-veterans suffering physical trauma,
diabetes and diminished lower limb function.

This position requires a Masters (preferred) or Bachelors degree in
Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics, or Bioengineering, as well as
knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of
biomechanics.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter with a brief statement of
research objectives and curriculum vitae with 3 references to:

William R. Ledoux, Ph.D.
VA Puget Sound
MS 151
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

or email: wrledoux@u.washington.edu

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