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    Biomechanical Engineer -- The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL)

    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking a Biomechanical Engineer to join a team performing leading research in injury biomechanics and human model development for the purpose of increasing understanding of injury mechanisms and developing improved mitigation systems.

    The selected Biomechanical Engineer will:
    * Design and conduct experiments focused on biological tissue testing at injurious loading rates for model development and validation. Analyze experimental data to characterize material properties, injury thresholds, and response corridors. Communicate results to program management, sponsors, and through conferences and publications.
    * Assist in the development of computational finite element models of the human body to study biomechanical response for impact loading. Specifics include processing of high-resolution medical imaging data for model geometry, identifying and quantifying gaps in material property data, and conducting experiments to validate computational model predictions.
    * Test and evaluate novel human surrogate systems that exceed the measurement capabilities of current anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs) and mimic the response of the human body to dynamic impact loads. Includes on-site testing in our state-of-the-art Impact Biomechanics Test Facility and off-site live-fire testing, hands-on experimentation, detailed analyses, and publication of results.


    * BS in mechanics, mechanical engineering, or related field with a focus on human injury biomechanics.
    * Applicant must have demonstrated experience in experimental design, data acquisition systems, data processing techniques, sensors and instrumentation.
    * Demonstrated experience in biological tissue specimen preparation and testing, which requires strict observance of biohazard safety procedures.
    * Self-motivated individual interested in working in cutting-edge biomechanics research in a dynamic environment.
    * Ability to work as part of a fast-paced team and bring key technical insights and innovations to translational biomechanics research.

    * MS in mechanics, mechanical engineering, or related field with a focus on human injury biomechanics.
    * Knowledge of both experimental and computational modeling of the human body using finite element analysis techniques and software, specifically LS-Dyna.
    * Ability and desire to assist in end-to-end computational and experimental biomechanics research from acquisition and segmentation of medical human imaging data, to characterizing and applying high-rate material properties, to hands-on experimentation, to results and communication to the larger sponsor and research community.

    Candidate will be expected to perform biological tissue testing using high-rate experimental equipment, which will require the strict observance of biohazard and safety procedures.

    Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for a NAC/LAC and access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US CITIZENSHIP.


    The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a division of the Johns Hopkins University, conveniently located on 365 acres in suburban Maryland midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. APL is a not-for-profit research and development organization with over 4,000 employees dedicated to solving a wide range of complex problems that present critical challenges to the nation. APL's staff and world-class facilities have made the Laboratory a major asset to the nation for more than six decades.


    JHU APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a competitive scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at


    To apply for this opportunity, please click on the following link and follow the application instructions:

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    We appreciate your interest in the Applied Physics Laboratory and wish you success in your job search and career endeavors.

    APL is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and we value diversity in our workforce. As such we comply with all federal/state legislation to provide equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, age marital status, veteran status, or disability. Solely to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity record keeping, and other legal requirements, we invite you to complete an EEO self-identification form. You will be prompted to complete the form when applying on our website. Please note that providing this information is voluntary. Refusal to provide this information will not subject you to adverse treatment. The information you provide is confidential and will be kept separate from your other applicant information. This information will only be used for data reporting requirements and will not be considered in making any employment decisions.