Postdoctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Biomechanics, University of California Davis Medical Center
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California Davis Medical Center

Sacramento, CA

The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA has an opening for a qualified applicant to receive the Medacta Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Total Knee Arthroplasty. This fellowship provides funding for the fellow’s stipend and benefits plus additional funds for research expenditures.


As background to the position,the conventional method for aligning components in TKA is mechanical alignment, which is used in approximately 700,000 patients in the US annually. Of concern is that 15-25% of patients have less than satisfactory clinical outcomes with mechanical alignment due to persistent pain and/or poor function. To improve clinical outcomes, about 10 years ago our research group conceived a new method for aligning components in TKA termed kinematic alignment and developed novel surgical techniques for achieving the desired alignment. After performing the surgery on more than 4000 patients and following up on these patients, the results indicate that clinical outcomes are better than those of patients who have been treated with conventional alignment methods and surgical techniques. One broad goal of our research is to conduct high quality applied science projects which examine dependent variables that give objective measures of knee joint function for both kinematic alignment and conventional alignment methods. A second broad goal is to optimize the component design so that kinematic alignment restores knee function as closely as possible to that of the prearthritic knee.

The successful candidate will have completed their PhD in areas closely related to the biomechanics of the knee. Research experience and strong technical skills are required including experience in programming in Labview, operating robotic systems, mechanical and instrumentation design particularly multi-load component dynamometers, and 3D kinematics using motion tracking systems. Our laboratory houses a custom robotic system for testing cadaveric knees. We intend to use the robotic system for new biomechanical projects related to TKA which include both the tibiofemoral joint and the patellofemoral joint. Dependent variables of interest include laxities of the tibiofemoral joint, tibial contact forces, tibial contact kinematics, 3D kinematics of the patellofemoral joint (i.e. patellar tracking) and patellar contact loads. Research projects will require writing Labview computer programs to apply appropriate specimen loading, designing and fabricating instruments such as custom multi-load component dynamometers and motion tracking devices, designing and fabricating test fixtures, developing new testing protocols which include motion tracking, analyzing acquired data statistically, and preparing manuscripts for publication.

This successful candidate should work and communicate well with orthopaedic surgeons. It is also important to possess excellent organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills for grant and manuscript submissions. The fellowship is funded for a period of 2 years with the possibility for renewal.

The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory provides a unique intellectual environment. The laboratory occupies about 8000 ft2 of space and houses five principal investigators engaged in a broad spectrum of orthopaedic research projects. The laboratory has strong ties to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the School of Veterinary Medicine. These ties facilitate meaningful and productive collaborations between scientists, engineers, and clinicians and offer unparalleled opportunities for professional development. The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in conjunction with other facilities at the UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis main campus in Davis offer state-of-the-art and dedicated facilities to support the fellow’s research.

To apply, please submit: (1) a letter of interest, including qualifications for this fellowship, (2) a one-page statement of research interests, and (3) a current curriculum vitae including the names of three professional references by email to
mlhull@ucdavis.edu

The position can start as early as April 1, 2018 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send any questions by email.

Maury L. Hull, PhD

Distinguished Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of California Davis


530-269-1497 (office)
530-848-9046 (cell)

mlhull@ucdavis.edu