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Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USA)

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USA)

    The University of Virginia, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science is seeking a highly motivated applicant to join the Center for Applied Biomechanics as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

    The successful candidate will have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (or related degree) with 4 to 7 years of experience in a research and development setting. The candidate will be involved in a number of different projects that generally focus on injury biomechanics in military environments.

    Applicants should be proficient in the design of test fixtures, with a strong understanding of machine design and machining techniques, and should possess experience in the operation and functionality of data acquisition systems. Preferred skills include hands-on experience in a laboratory environment, and working knowledge of high-speed digital camera systems, and 3-D motion tracking systems. Preferred applicants will also have a demonstrated background in project management, including deadline and budget adherence, supervision of personnel, and the ability and desire to work within the existing management and support structure of the group.

    Proficiency in scientific programming languages (e.g. Matlab) is required. Candidates should also have a proficiency in device design using CAD software (e.g., Solidworks), including the production of detailed design drawings ready for fabrication. Preferred applicants will also have experience in solid mechanics including finite element analysis using LS-Dyna, analytical dynamics, and will have a working knowledge of human anatomy and biology. Excellent oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to work well as a member of a team and to lead teams on project tasks are essential.

    Responsibilities will include managing project tasks related to injury biomechanics experimental and computational research. The candidate will have an active role in the design and execution of the experiments involving cadaveric materials. Duties will include direct involvement in project planning and execution, data collection, data analysis, academic publishing in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and collaboration with academic, industrial, and government research partners.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All applications must be made through the University of Virginia Jobs@ website. Please look for posting number 0614344.

    The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to developing diversity in faculty and welcomes applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.