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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 immediately 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 or winter quarters of the 2009/2010 academic
    year. Potential areas of research are related to lower limb
    biomechanics, with emphasis on the foot and ankle. Possible topics
    include: 1) patient-specific finite element modeling of the foot and
    ankle, 2) robotic cadaveric simulation of gait, and 3) mechanical
    testing of healthy and diabetic foot ligaments.

    Preferred technical competencies include one or more the of
    following: 1) experience with computational (finite element)
    modeling, 2) experience with mechanical testing and data acquisition,
    3) familiarity with working with human cadaveric tissue, and 4)
    calibration and routine maintenance of instrumentation (load cells,
    LVDTs, accelerometers, etc.). 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 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Orthopaedics &
    Sports Medicine, Radiology and Rehabilitation Medicine. 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 must 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
    phone: 206-768-5347
    fax: 206-277-3963

    William R. Ledoux, PhD | VA Puget Sound, ms 151 | 1660 S. Columbian
    Way | Seattle, WA 98108
    206-768-5347(v) | 206-277-3963(f) | |