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Research Associate in Computational Biomechanics at the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics

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  • Research Associate in Computational Biomechanics at the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics

    The University of Virginia, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is seeking applicants for a Research Associate position at the Center for Applied Biomechanics. General duties will include managing complex computational projects including designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting on results. The Research Associate will assist in the development of new research projects and will help supervise graduate research assistants, technical staff, and junior researchers on project-specific tasks.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, with emphasis in biomechanics, orthopaedics, or closely related field by the start date.

    o A minimum of three years of experience in biomechanics. Experience should include the following:
    - Demonstrated experience with biomechanics simulation, with preference towards developing and using finite element (FE) models in LS-Dyna.
    - Fundamental understanding of the mechanics associated with high-rate loading to the human body from scenarios found in sports, automotive, or military impact.
    - Experience in design of experiment (DOE) for parametric analysis or other data analysis techniques
    - Proficiency in the development and implementation of advanced data analysis algorithms in a common scientific programming language (e.g., Matlab, Python)
    o Demonstrable knowledge in statistical analyses for quantitative hypothesis testing
    o Minimum of five years of demonstrable proficiency in high-quality technical writing.
    Demonstrate experience in working with a diverse group of researchers and sponsors or varying technical expertise.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on March 24, 2023, 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 for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

    For questions regarding this position, contact Matthew Panzer, Associate Professor, at

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

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