Summer ORISE Internship Biomechanics
FDA/CDRH Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories
Silver Spring, MD

Project Overview and Role:
The human-device interaction (HDI) group in the Division of Biophysics within OSEL has a summer research assistant fellowship evaluating kinematic trajectories for individuals with reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) implants. We have initiated a project to characterize the performance of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) devices at the FDA Federal Research Center in White Oak. The selected candidate will be involved in lab studies evaluating kinematic trajectories for individuals with reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) implants. Activities may include experimental design, experimental setup, data acquisition, writing MATLAB scripts for data analysis, and mastering the use of relevant lab instrumentation. The motion capture data will later be combined with the wear data from explanted rTSA devices to characterize the performance of rTSA devices.

Laboratory Overview:
The Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) is the research arm of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). OSEL develops reliable standardized test methods for CDRH and industry use, performs anticipatory scientific investigations on emerging technologies, contributes laboratory data to national and international standards used in CDRH decision making, provides scientific and technical training for CDRH staff members, and maintains laboratory collaborations and relationships with scientific researchers in academia and other Federal laboratories. For more information on the HDI group, visit: https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/S.../ucm477385.htm.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum education: enrolled in or a recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field with a knowledge of biomechanics and/or neuroscience preferred.
  • Experience with 3D motion capture and analysis and human subjects research preferred.
  • Proficiency in MATLAB or at least one programming language.
  • Possess good problem solving skills and an understanding of descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing.
  • Engineering and scientific curiosity
  • Detail oriented, independent worker with excellent oral and written communication skills required


How to Apply
To apply, please email Kimberly.Kontson@fda.hhs.gov including CV/resume with a cover letter in the body of the email and Summer Internship - FPDU in the subject line. The position will start around mid-May 2019.

Related information:

  • The candidate must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate from an undergraduate program, and must be eligible to work in the U.S. Please review the applicant requirements at https://orise.orau.gov/fda/applicants prior to applying.
  • Must show proof of health insurance or purchase through program
  • Start date: May 2019.
  • Monthly stipend based on education and experience.
  • Located at the FDA White Oak campus in Silver Spring, MD. (Washington, DC area)
  • Housing and transportation are not provided; Access to a car is suggested.


Please note: This is a term research fellowship position only.
This appointment does not make the individual an employee of ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FDA, CDRH, or any other office or agency.