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08-28-2008, 03:22 AM
Position Open

Research Assistant specializing in Computer Aided Design and Finite Element Modeling

Center for Injury Biomechanics

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

A full time research assistant position focused on finite element model development and computer aided design is currently available in the Center for Injury Biomechanics, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. We are searching for an outstanding individual to assist in the development of finite element models for injury prediction and prevention. This position is part of a multi-center, collaborative project between industrial partners and leading universities in the field of injury biomechanics.

In the course of performing the duties of this position we anticipate that the individual will: 1) apply knowledge of state-of-the-art finite element modeling techniques, including but not limited to, parametric mesh development, material model optimization, contact algorithm selection, and geometry development to support the core mission of the center's research projects, 2) have the opportunity to participate in a number of ongoing interdisciplinary research projects related to injury biomechanics currently underway in our center, 3) develop excellent written and oral presentation skills, 4) develop a valuable peer network through collaboration with industry and university partners and 5) encourage the individual's own professional growth through attending pertinent training courses as necessary.

The injury biomechanics group at Wake Forest University is closely partnered with Virginia Tech's Center for Injury Biomechanics. This joint center is a leading research institution in the field, offering state-of-the-art facilities for conducting all aspects of injury biomechanics research. A unique attribute of our center at Wake Forest is that we are under the auspices of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, facilitating collaboration with clinical faculty.

The ideal candidate should have at minimum 2-3 years experience with finite element model development and simulation work, and CAD model development. Candidates should also have experience with medical image segmentation, excellent communication skills, and should work well in a team setting. Applicants should have a BS or MS in mechanical or biomedical engineering. Candidates with a degree in a closely related field and with pertinent experience will also be considered. Benefits are included with the position and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Winston-Salem is routinely ranked as one of the most livable communities in the United States, offering a mild climate, and a wide variety recreational and sporting activities.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to apply-wfu-cib@googlegroups.com Please state the specific position that you are apply for in the email. Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Paper submissions should be addressed to Joel D. Stitzel, Ph.D.; Department of Biomedical Engineering; Medical Center Blvd.; Winston-Salem, NC 27157. Review of applicants will begin immediately.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.

Scott Gayzik, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Virginia Tech - Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics