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Post-doctoral Fellowship | Extremity Amputation Biomechanics | Naval Medical Center San Diego | San Diego, CA, USA

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  • Post-doctoral Fellowship | Extremity Amputation Biomechanics | Naval Medical Center San Diego | San Diego, CA, USA

    The Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is a unique organization within the Department of Defense (DoD) consisting of teams of researchers embedded at the point of care within multiple Military Treatment Facilities across the nation. In line with the congressionally directed mission of the EACE, the research efforts undertaken focus on the mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations with a specific focus on translating their findings into clinical practice to improve the care of injured Service Members and Veterans. The EACE is offering a postdoctoral opportunity at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), located in San Diego, California.

    What will I be doing?

    This fellowship offers the opportunity to develop and integrate biomechanical outcomes with other clinical initiatives aimed at improving the quality of care and well-being of military Service members with extremity amputations. As the selected candidate and under the guidance of mentor(s), you will collaborate among a diverse group of researchers and clinicians, and will have the opportunity to conduct research that is focused on developing novel and innovative approaches to process and analyze data from various biomechanical sources including motion capture systems and wearable sensors. More specifically, you will have the opportunity to engage with large-scale, longitudinal analyses of biomechanical data following limb trauma and amputation in the military. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to oversee efforts to develop novel approaches for processing biomechanical data collected using wearables from patients with limb amputations and will be provided hands-on, collaborative experience to take an early-stage project from initiation to analysis to knowledge product generation in a short period of time with high return on investment. Finally, you will have the opportunity to contribute to grant submissions to add to your knowledge of pursuing funding and becoming an independent researcher. As the selected candidate, you will be a part of a network of ORISE fellows nationally across the EACE.

    What is the appointment length?

    EACE is prepared to begin this fellowship in early October pending review of applications and the selection of a candidate. This appointment is a twelve 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. This research fellowship will be located at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Comfortable with data processing and visualization using MATLAB or a related program
    • Experience with statistics and experimental test matrix design as well as hands-on experience utilizing wearable sensors and analyzing/interpreting data
    • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the context of biomechanics and human performance
    • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and enjoy working in a team environment with associated strong communication skills

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • Able to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information
    • U.S. citizenship

    Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Possess a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline

    Highly Preferred Experience: 0-2+ years of experience working in the area of biomechanics or human performance.

    Apply for this position here:

    For further information please contact Dr. Shawn Farrokhi, PT, PhD via email (