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PhD assistantships available University of Denver Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

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  • PhD assistantships available University of Denver Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

    The Computational Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Denver is seeking several highly motivated individuals to pursue doctoral degrees in mechanical or biomedical engineering. Research is focused on natural and implanted joint mechanics using holistic in vivo and in vitro measurement coupled with the development and application of multi-scale finite element models. The fully-funded assistantships cover tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Review of applicants will continue until the positions are filled, with potential start dates negotiable, but early 2018 preferred.

    Desired qualifications for the PhD assistantships include:
    * MS degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering
    * Knowledge of gait lab, radiography, and/or cadaveric testing methodologies
    * Knowledge of finite element analysis and proficiency with commercial FE codes.
    * Knowledge of knee or hip biomechanics
    * Prior research-based journal publications
    * Proficiency with programming languages
    * Knowledge of probabilistic methods, and/or nonlinear optimization techniques
    * Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills required
    * Knowledge of musculoskeletal modeling and simulation
    * Experience working with in vivo and/or in vitro laboratory measurements

    The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics has recently moved into a new building,
    with world-class laboratory facilities, including a gait lab with biplane radiography,
    an experimental biomechanics lab with 6DOF joint simulator and mechanical test frames,
    implant retrieval lab, and computational biomechanics lab.

    University of Denver ( was founded in 1864 and is the oldest
    private university in the Rocky Mountain region. The Department of
    Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers graduate degrees in Mechanical
    Engineering and Bioengineering. In addition to educational opportunities,
    DU’s location in Denver offers a wide range of cultural and outdoor

    To apply, please email a curriculum vitae and brief statement of research interests and
    experience to Paul Rullkoetter, (

    Paul Rullkoetter
    Professor, Dept of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
    Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics