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Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Biomechanics

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  • Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Biomechanics

    The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks highly motivated scholars to join our dynamic research team as Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Biomechanics.

    The successful candidate(s) will assume an active role in one or more of a variety of research projects related to injury biomechanics in automotive, military, sports, and orthopedics applications that require state-of-the-art computational and experimental approaches. The successful candidate(s) will work both in teams and on their own on to develop, utilize, and evaluate advanced physical and computational models of human injury prediction. Duties will include academic publishing in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, graduate student mentorship, and collaboration with academic, industrial, and federal research partners.

    • PhD in mechanical or biomedical engineering (or related discipline)
    • Expertise in injury biomechanics research, with demonstrated history in publication and scientific presentation pertaining to injury biomechanics research
    • Experience in research pertaining to population variability and its effects on injury
    • Experience in the design and execution of experimental testing for impact analysis, particularly with biological surrogates for injury assessment
    • Experience leading research projects and personnel to meet objectives and deadlines
    • Experience in the use and development of computational tools for impact analysis, particularly with FE modeling for injury assessment
    • Experience in analytical methods such as parametric analysis, machine learning, and statistics, with proficiency in scientific programming languages (Matlab, etc).
    • Experience working with stakeholders in the automobile safety field, such as automobile manufacturers, suppliers, and government researchers
    The candidate will also need to have excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well as a member of a team.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box labeled CV.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on July 21, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

    This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

    For questions regarding this position, contact Jason Forman, Principal Scientist, at

    For questions regarding the application process, contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

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