Lab & Project: The Orthopaedic Technologies and Biomechanics Lab at the University of Victoria is seeking applicants for a Master’s student position starting in January or May 2022. Canadian and International applicants are encouraged to apply. Through an in-vivo study of patients treated with Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, the successful applicant will work closely with existing lab members to validate an OpenSim musculoskeletal model developed within the lab. This work will form a key milestone in a larger project seeking to combine musculoskeletal multi-body dynamic modeling and machine-learning to create a biomechanics-informed patient-specific pre-operative surgical planning technology. The successful applicant will become a key member of a grant-funded inter-disciplinary team that includes mechanical engineers, computer scientists, machine learning experts, orthopaedic surgeons, and exercise scientists (see project description on funder website).

The successful candidate will join the Orthopaedic Technologies and Biomechanics Lab, which is composed of a diverse group of graduate, undergraduate, and co-op students all working on fundamental biomechanical research, the development of novel technologies for musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, or improving surgical planning. We conduct our research and development through a combination of ex-vivo experiments, computational/statistical modeling, and mechatronic device design. As well, we conduct in-vivo research in collaboration with exercise scientists at the University of Victoria. The lab recently moved into a completely renovated Biosafety Level 2 space with state-of-the-art equipment, and is supported by a range of government and non-government funding sources (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, CFI, Rick Hansen Foundation, etc.). For more details, please visit
our website.

Applicant Skills/Qualifications: We are seeking a motivated trainee that has completed a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or biomedical sciences. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and skills in:
  • musculoskeletal biomechanics at an introductory level
  • kinematics and dynamics
  • computational modeling (e.g. ideally neuro-musculoskeletal modeling but Finite Element modeling and other techniques will also provide helpful skills)
  • computer programming (e.g. Python, MATLAB, etc.)
Competencies: The successful candidate will have demonstrated competencies in:
  • teamwork,
  • inter-personal skills,
  • organizational skills,
  • self-motivation,
  • problem-solving,
  • communicating clearly (written and oral) to technical and non-technical audiences.
Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for contributing to the success of a recently funded inter-disciplinary research project by developing the skills needed to execute a combined computational and in-vivo biomechanics validation study. The successful candidate will be responsible for positively contributing to the environment and collegiality of the lab and team.

Funding & Academic Program: The successful candidate will receive $25k per year in funding support for 2 years. When eligible, the successful candidate will be supported to apply for external scholarship/fellowship opportunities (e.g. Canadian Graduate Scholarship, etc.). The student will also benefit from additional funding through the opportunity to act as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria. Please refer to the
Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies website for details on the academic program and eligibility requirements.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Our laboratory group is committed to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in line with the
University of Victoria's policy. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. Our group strives to create a safe and inclusive working environment in which team members from diverse backgrounds and with diverse goals can thrive. We support our team members in achieving work-life balance.

About the University of Victoria & Victoria, British Columbia: The successful candidate will become a member of the University of Victoria,
which consistently ranks highly among Canadian universities in terms of the impact of its research. Furthermore, they will join a vibrant Mechanical Engineering Department, which is ranked in the Top 10 in Canada by Times Higher Education. As well, the candidate will be able to live in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The city has a population of approximately 360,000 making it the 15th most populous urban region of Canada. Victoria is an attractive and popular tourist destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. The city is also in the top twenty of world cities for quality-of-life. Victoria has a large national and international student population. With ocean views and mountain vistas, Victoria enjoys a temperate climate and is among the Canadian cities with the highest number of sunny days each year.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with application review beginning on Oct 1st, 2021.

Interested persons should contact Prof. Giles providing their CV, academic transcripts for all previous degrees, and a brief statement of interest (no more than 1 page):

Prof. Joshua W. Giles, PhD, PEng
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria
Scholar, Institute on Ageing and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar
Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia
Investigator, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
Affiliated Researcher, Vancouver Island Health Authority

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