The VA Rehabilitation Research and Develop Center of Excellence for Limb
Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering is advertising 2 positions for
mechanical engineering graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.). The successful
candidate will be expected to enroll in the University of Washington for the
fall 2005 quarter, but an earlier start date for research is a possibility.
Excellent written and oral communication skills are expected. Technical
competencies preferred, but not required, include: 1) experience with
mechanical testing equipment, 2) experience with computational modeling
software, 3) experience with imaging analysis software, and/or 4) experience
with motion analysis equipment such as force and pressure plates,
retro-reflective and electromagnetic motion analysis systems, and

Potential areas of research are related to the biomechanics of the human
foot. They include: 1) the systematic study of foot function via static or
dynamic cadaver models, 2) the further development of an existing finite
element foot model to study specific foot deformities, 3) the refinement of
multi-body foot coordinate system for study of foot deformities, 4) the
mechanical testing of the soft tissue beneath the foot and the effects of
various disease processes (such as diabetes) on soft tissue properties and
5) the use of various imaging modalities to objectively quantify foot shape.

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference

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