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PhD assistantship in Injury/Orthopaedic Biomechanics – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

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  • PhD assistantship in Injury/Orthopaedic Biomechanics – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    The Granata Biomechanics Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking a highly motivated individual to pursue a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering. Preferred start date is August 2019 or January 2020. This is a fully-funded assistantship which covers tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Applicants should have strong interest in human biomechanics with a specific interest in orthopaedic and injury biomechanics. The PhD student will be working as part of a dynamic team exploring various aspects of lower extremity injury prevention and orthopaedic biomechanics with a specific emphasis on the prevention of second ACL tears following return to sport. The student will also work with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Carilion Clinics to inform translation into clinical care.

    Ideal qualifications for this PhD assistantship include:
    * MS degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering or BS degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering with prior research experience
    * Knowledge of motion capture methods
    * Knowledge of knee biomechanics
    * Excellent problem-solving skills
    * Proficiency with programming languages such as matlab
    * Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills

    The Granata Biomechanics Lab collaborates with research groups in mechanical engineering, kinesiology and orthopaedic surgery, and the successful applicant should expect to develop an interdisciplinary skillset over the course of their doctoral studies.

    For information about the Granata Biomechanics Lab:
    For information about the Biomedical Engineering PhD program:

    If interested, please email a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (max 1 page), resume, and academic transcripts to:

    Robin Queen, PhD, FACSM (

    Review of applications will begin April 20 and will continue until the position is filled – interested applicants are highly encouraged to apply early.

    Robin Queen, PhD, FACSM
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
    Director, Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab
    Virginia Tech
    Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
    Faculty Fellow: Office of the VP for Research and Innovation
    300 Norris Hall
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    Office Phone: (540) 231-3134