School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Orthopaedics
University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group

The University of British Columbia, Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics group has an opening for a highly motivated applicant to join our group as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Responsibilities will include the evaluation and refinement of our existing porcine model of spinal cord injury. (see for example: Lee JHT et al. A Novel Porcine Model of Traumatic Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2013;30(3):14259.) This will involve the design and execution of mechanical impact experiments and reproduction of spinal column and spinal cord motions associated with spinal cord injury in humans. The successful candidate will act as a bridge between our group of biomechanical engineers and our partner group of neuroscientists. Duties will include academic publishing in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and collaboration with academic, industrial, and government research partners. Qualified Candidates will have:


  • PhD in mechanical, biomechanical or a related engineering discipline
  • Experience in Biomedical engineering
  • Candidates with impact testing, animal models of injury, and design engineering experience will be preferred
  • Superior oral and written English communication skills
  • Candidates should also have demonstrated experience in experimental design.


This is a one-year term appointment with the opportunity for continued employment providing there is satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please include a CV/Resume, Cover Letter and Contact Information for 3 References - name, email, phone. Submit your application via mail or as an email attachment to

Peter Cripton, PhD, P.Eng.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6250 Applied Science Lane
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4

Email: Cripton@mech.ubc.ca

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.