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PhD assistantships available, Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Univ of Denver

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  • PhD assistantships available, Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Univ of Denver

    The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Denver is seeking highly motivated individuals to pursue doctoral degrees in mechanical or biomedical engineering. Center 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 current emphasis is computational mechanics and applications of AI/ML in orthopaedics. The fully-funded assistantships cover tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Potential start date September 2021.

    Desired qualifications for the PhD assistantships include:
    * MS degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering
    * Experience with finite element analysis and proficiency with commercial FE codes (Abaqus\Explicit)

    * Experience with AI/Machine Learning tools in image processing
    * Knowledge of knee or hip biomechanics
    * Knowledge of musculoskeletal modeling/simulation tools/techniques
    * Prior research-based journal publications
    * Proficiency with programming languages
    * Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills required

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

    If interested, please email a curriculum vitae and brief statement of research interests and experience to: Paul Rullkoetter (

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