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Postdoctoral Fellow - Center for Orthopaedic BioMechanics

University of Denver
Colorado, Denver, USA
$56000 - $68000 per year

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Engineering & Mathematics, Chemical & Biological Engineering
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Four-Year Institution

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Situated at the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains confluence, the University of Denver (DU) embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that characterizes our region and history. Established in 1864, it holds the esteemed distinction of being the oldest independent private university in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. With a rich history and a commitment to academic excellence, DU enrolls a diverse community of approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 7,200 graduate students. Furthermore, DU has recently attained the Research 1 (R1) classification, signifying its status as a "Doctoral University - Very High Research Activity," according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This classification is a testament to DU's unwavering dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering innovation across various disciplines. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world.

Position Summary

We are offering a dynamic opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to join our team in the field of in-vivo joint mechanics, sports performance, computational modeling, implant testing, and wearable sensors with a particular focus on the upper extremity. Effective collaboration is crucial to the position, requiring regular interaction with sponsors, faculty members, and graduate and undergraduate students. This role provides a unique platform to engage with diverse stakeholders and make significant contributions to the field of biomechanics research. This position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for two years.

The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Denver applies engineering principles to investigate clinically relevant issues. Using a combination of experimental and computational tools, the Center performs research in in-vivo joint mechanics, human motion, musculoskeletal modeling, computational biomechanics, wearable sensor systems, and implant device testing.

Housed in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at DU, the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics is a dynamic research environment committed to advancing orthopaedic biomechanics, improving patient outcomes and educating students. Center is performing state-of-the-art research and has a strong record of publication and external support garnering support from NSF, NIH, implant manufacturers and research foundations.

The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) resides in a new building equipped with state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories, classrooms, offices, and innovation spaces. The Ritchie School excels in research strengths such as biomechanics, robotics, unmanned systems, advanced materials and structures, machine learning, controls, and sensor systems, receiving support from industry and federal sources. Researchers in RSECS maintain extensive multidisciplinary collaborations.

Essential Functions

  • Grant-writing
  • Video-based motion capture using commercial systems
  • Inverse dynamics analysis
  • Management of graduate and undergraduate students
  • Statistical analysis

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational and problem-solving skills are required.
  • The ability to adapt, multitask, and solve problems while maintaining flexibility and working independently.
  • Demonstrated strong time management abilities.
  • Ability to manage team research protocols: plan, design, analyze data, and write manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, biomechanics or a closely related field
  • Previous experience conducting orthopaedic or human movement research using in vivo, in vitro, or in silico techniques

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of successful grant writing.
  • Experience in setting up human subjects experiments, including IRB application, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of biomechanical data
  • Experience with dual-plane fluoroscopy.
  • Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, including engineers, clinicians, and researchers, to translate simulation results into actionable insights.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  • Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit or stand in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Ability to run experimental tests.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance.
  • Work Schedule

    The Universitys administrative offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Work schedule may vary.

    In accordance with the Universitys flexible work policy, this position is eligible to be considered for partial remote work. Further details regarding this plan will be determined with the hiring manager and are dependent on the division and team specific needs.

    Application Deadline

    For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 6, 2024.

    Special Instructions

    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

    Salary Grade Number:

    The salary grade for the position is GE8. In accordance with the NIH guidelines.

    Salary Range:

    The salary range for this position is $56,000 - $68,000.

    The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.


    The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

    Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • C.V.
  • Research Statement including research interests and experience. (Up to 3 pages).
  • The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

    Statement of Other Duties Disclaimer

    This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

    All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


    Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

    The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

    The University offers:

    Regardless of what they study, University of Denver students embark on a personal educational journey that helps them find and follow their individual purpose.

    Collaborative, Experiential Learning

    Our students work closely with faculty, peers and members of the community on projects, research and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem solving.

    In and out of the classroom, our students learn by doing, whether they're collecting data in the field or putting theory into practice in a clinical setting.

    The University of Denver Culture

    Across the University of Denver’s many divisions, departments, and offices, supervisors are searching for new employees who strive to excel and innovate, prize integrity, and who value the opportunity to engage with the community.  The University is always looking for creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners who want to know more and do more.

    At the University of Denver, our culture is steeped in ethics and social responsibility. As a result, our faculty and students represent a wide array of perspectives and enjoy the healthy dialogue that grows out of diversity. University of Maryland, Baltimore

    For all their differences, the members of our community are united by a common purpose: They're determined to confront society's most pressing challenges—everything from world health and the global economy to access to education.

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