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Post-Doctoral Biomechanical Modeling Fellowship at VA Puget Sound, Seattle, WA

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  • Post-Doctoral Biomechanical Modeling Fellowship at VA Puget Sound, Seattle, WA

    Position Description
    The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is offering an ORISE learning opportunity that will focus on OpenSim musculoskeletal modeling software and the expansion of musculoskeletal models that will improve the clinical care of patients with lower limb musculoskeletal trauma. As an ORISE participant, the project and activities in which you will engage are to support the rehabilitation of individuals with extremity trauma. During your appointment, you will participate in hands-on experimental testing, as well as numerical simulations incorporating exoskeletal devices into the framework. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will take part in data collection and analysis to knowledge product generation in a short period of time. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to grant submissions to add to knowledge of pursuing funding and becoming an independent researcher while learning and networking with post-doctoral fellows, both locally at the Center for Limb Loss and MoBility (CLiMB) at the VA Puget Sound and nationally across the EACE.

    Other specific learning objectives will include:

    1. Expanding existing models of the lower limb and ankle bracing systems into OpenSim’s Moco framework.
    2. Developing subject-specific models using human subject data on individuals with lower limb musculoskeletal injury.
    3. Evaluating different bracing and rehabilitation conditions.

    For more information about EACE, please visit (

    Appointment Length
    This appointment is an eleven month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

    Participant Benefits
    Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by EACE. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
    • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
    • Relocation Allowance
    • Training and Travel Allowance

    Nature of Appointment
    The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

    The successful candidate will be about to complete, or have completed, a Ph.D. in an area related to the biomechanics or neuromechanics of human movement. Research experience and strong technical skills in human motion analysis and musculoskeletal modeling are highly desirable. Proficiency in OpenSim and Matlab are required. The candidate must demonstrate excellent organizational, time management, and communication (oral and written) skills, as well as intellectual independence and initiative. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential.

    Eligibility Requirements
    • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
    • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 2 months or currently pursuing.
    • Overall GPA: 3.40
    Applications can be submitted via

    Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    For additional information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Russell Esposito ( or Dr. Ross Miller (