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    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

    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

    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

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