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  • UCSF (CDMI)/FDA/CERSI Winter Internship 2017

    Investigating Optimal Computational Models for Spinal Implants
    Winter Research Fellow
    at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    Silver Spring, MD

    The Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations ( has received funding from Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI) ( for a Winter Internship. CERSI is a collaboration between UCSF, Stanford, and the FDA focusing on research and the scientific exchange between academia and the FDA. The FDA is interested in the creation of a vertebral disc implant computation models to simulate mechanical testing of the implants to replace physical experiments since there is much variability in the mechanical properties reported and since there is also large lab-to-lab variability in certain tests. Under the mentorship of scientists and engineers working in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories at FDA, the incumbent would interview various stakeholders, mine the FDA databases to determine existing tests, and help determine the ideal computation model and determine the roadmap to achieve it

    Position Information:
    Full-time, winter position at the FDA in Silver Spring, MD starting sometime in the first two weeks of January 2017 for up to 3 months:


    • Historical data compilation
    • Parse through mechanical testing performance reports
    • Interview different stakeholders
    • Determine the ideal computational model and write up a roadmap on how to achieve it (what are the most important aspects that the model should have and what are the things that can me added on with time in order of most important)

    • Preferred: Graduate or Medical Student with at least a B.S. in Mechanical or Bioengineering preferably with classes in mechanical engineering
    • Excellent verbal and written communication
    • Interest in medical device development and regulation

    If you are interested, please email Dr. Dezba Coughlin ( a cover letter explaining why you fit the qualifications and attach your resume with email Subject: FDA internship by January 3, 2017.

    Dr. Dezba Coughlin
    Managing Director
    Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    UC San Francico
    Last edited by Dezba Coughlin; December 29, 2016, 04:26 PM. Reason: adding more details