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PhD Assistantships in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

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  • PhD Assistantships in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

    The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Lab (MBRL) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is seeking applicants for two PhD research assistantships. The MBRL has received over $2 million in funding and is dedicated to developing musculoskeletal models for investigation of joint function and loading. Student researchers will work on two funded projects; one involving patient specific models of the lower extremities focused on the knee and the other involving the upper extremities focused on the elbow. Equipment available to the lab includes: a VICON MXT-40 7 camera motion caption system, 4 AMTI OR-6 forceplates, a DELSYS Myomonitor IV 16 channel wireless EMG system, a Basler GigE digital reference video camera, a Biodex Multi-joint System 4 Pro, an Optotrak Certus motion capture system, a Bose 3220 dynamic mechanical tester, a Bose 3510 bi-axial dynamics mechanical tester, an Instron 5567 static mechanical tester, a digital video extensometer, load cells, accelerometers, LVDTS, DVRTs, and goniometers. Software applications include: MD.ADAMS, LifeMOD, Geomagic Studio, LabVIEW, MATLAB Simulink, VICON Nexus, SolidWorks, 3D Slicer, LS-DYNA, Abaqus FEA, OpenSim, SAS, and SPSS. MBRL researchers also have access to a rapid prototype machine (Dimension bst1200es series 3D printer) and fully equipped machine shop with dedicated machinist. The lab currently employs two post–doc researchers, two PhD students, and one MS student. Graduate assistants will participate in UMKC's interdisciplinary PhD program ( and work closely with the UMKC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the UMKC Department of Oral Biology. Courses will include musculoskeletal biology from leading experts (, anatomy, dissection and observational rotations from Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as traditional courses in biomedical engineering. UMKC is located in the heart of Kansas City in an area rich in entertainment and cultural venues including the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Country Club Plaza, the Power and Light District, numerous museums and professional sports including soccer, football, baseball, and hockey.

    A degree in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or a related field is required. Experience with biomechanics, musculoskeletal modeling and gait measurement is desired.

    For more information, please contact:

    Trent M. Guess, PhD
    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Lab, Director
    University of Missouri – Kansas City
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
    Phone: 816.235.1252