Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
FDA Human motion analyst

Located with the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the Functional Performance and Device Use Lab is a dynamic FDA research laboratory that specializes in analyzing the interface between people and medical devices. These may be between tissue and an implant, software and user, or computer brain interfaces. The lab uses Finite Element computational modeling, 3D printing, motion capture, and physiologic monitoring to answer many questions that are relevant to the use and development of cutting edge medical devices.
The lab is a perfect place for those looking for opportunities to gain hands-on experience related to medical device research and/or regulatory aspects of the FDA and the healthcare industry. The successful candidate will also have direct exposure to many emerging medical technologies.

Currently, there is an exciting opportunity as part of an ongoing project analyzing orthopedic implants in diverse patient populations. This position is suitable for recently graduated college graduate students (Masters or Ph.D) of Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, or similar and is initially available for one year with the opportunity for extension depending upon performance and funding availability.

This project uses Motion Capture (MoCap) and musculoskeletal modeling to analyze subjects performing activities of daily living and how implants affect these activities. Interested candidates should have experience using a MoCap data collection and processing system (Vicon Nexus preferred but not required), as well as experience with model management and pipeline processing in Visual 3D. Experience collecting data from human subjects, equipment troubleshooting, and light carpentry skills are desirable. The candidate will join ongoing research projects assessing activities of daily living in the context of orthopedic medical devices. Working under the supervision of senior researchers, there will be the opportunity to learn about FDA regulatory processes and contribute to research in other labs within the Division of Biomedical Physics.

Applicant’s profile:
- Strong interests in medical devices, human locomotion, scientific research, technology and engineering
- Mechanically-minded and interested in how people interact with devices
- Technical and scientific curiosity
- Loves solving problems
- Attention to detail
- Major in physical sciences or engineering
- Proficient in Matlab, Python or at least one programming language

Interested applicants, please send your resume and an (unofficial) electronic copy of your most recent transcript to:

LT James Coburn (
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for this position. This announcement closes June 12th 2015 or when a suitable candidate has been identified.