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  • Post-doctoral position - Orthopaedic Research Laboratory - University of Utah

    The Harold K. Dunn Orthopaedic Research Laboratory (ORL) at the University of Utah seeks a post-doctoral scientist to work on an NIH funded grant studying the biomechanics of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA). The primary objectives of the research are quantifying the kinematics of the human shoulder before and after rTSA, and experimentally modeling the motion of the shoulder in the laboratory. The position will require the individual to contribute to the development of a biomechanical shoulder simulator, and assist in human subject motion data collection and analysis using a dual fluoroscope system. The candidate will collaborate with research scientists, orthopaedic surgeons, and orthopaedic device manufacturers during their time in the ORL.

    The position is available on 1 June 2016, and will remain open until filled. The initial contract is for one year, renewable based on evaluation of performance and progress toward the research objectives.

    Degree requirements:
    PhD in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar

    Desired Experience / Qualifications:
    • LabView, Matlab, Visual 3D, image analysis
    • Robotics and control systems design, integration, troubleshooting
    • Vicon, Optotrak, DMAS motion tracking
    • Human subjects research
    • Human tissue and cadaver handling, testing

    Expectations of the successful candidate:
    • Highly motivated, goal-oriented, problem solving personality
    • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
    • Preparation of extramural funding proposals (fellowships, grants)
    • Presenting research at national and international conferences
    • Capable of thriving with independent and team based research
    • Ability to supervise and mentor undergraduate and pre-doctoral researchers
    • Organizational and administrative contributions to the laboratory and department

    Competitive salary + University benefits

    Applicants should send a cover letter describing their research background and interests, a CV, and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Heath Henninger, PhD (

    Lab website:
    For over sixty years the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah has a nationally recognized tradition of excellence in patient care and teaching. Research programs have grown substantially in the past decade.