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Research Engineer - UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics

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  • Research Engineer - 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 Engineer 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 Engineer 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.

    - An M.S. or equivalent degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, with a research emphasis in biomechanics or a closely related field, by the start date.
    - A minimum of three years of experience in biomechanics. Experience should include the following:
    - Demonstrated experience with biomechanics simulation, with a 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 the design of experiments (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)
    - Demonstrable knowledge in statistical analyses for quantitative hypothesis testing
    - Minimum of three 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 HERE 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 July 10, 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

    This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


    Education: Bachelor's degree
    Experience: At least 3 years of relevant experience. Master's degree will be considered in lieu of experience.
    Licensure: None.


    This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

    The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.