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10-29-2008, 12:37 AM
Position Open - Graduate Research Assistant in Computational Impact Biomechanics

Center for Applied Biomechanics, University of Virginia

A full time graduate research assistant position focused on finite element model development and computer aided design is currently available in the Center for Applied Biomechanics, at the University of Virginia. We are searching for an outstanding individual to assist in the development of finite element models for injury prediction and prevention.

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 mesh development, the assignment of appropriate constitutive models to represent a range of hard and soft biological tissues, and the optimization of model parameters to maximize the ability of the model to replicate a range of benchmarks developed from experimental data, 2) develop excellent written and oral presentation skills, 3) present the results of his research in journal and conference papers.

The ideal candidate should have at minimum 2 years experience with the development of CAD and finite element models, and finite element simulations. Candidates should also have experience with medical image segmentation, excellent communication skills, and should work well in a team. Experience with rigid-body software (e.g. Madymo) and with testing biological tissues will be a plus. Applicant should have a BS or MS in mechanical or biomedical engineering, or a closely related field.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Dr. Costin Untaroiu (costin@virginia.edu). Review of applicants will begin immediately.