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Post-Doctoral Fellow - ME Functional Biomechanics

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 28, 2024

Engineering a world of possibilities

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mechanical Engineering - Functional Biomechanics

The Functional Biomechanics Laboratory (PI: Dr. Anne Silverman) at the Colorado School of Mines is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to engage in research in the areas of advanced muscle modeling, neuromuscular function, and movement biomechanics. The Functional Biomechanics Laboratory characterizes human whole-body movement with a strong focus in musculoskeletal modeling. Our research uses experimental and computational approaches to understand fundamental mechanisms of movement to improve mobility, guide clinical intervention, prevent injury, and optimize performance for every individual. The postdoctoral scholar will be directly supported by the Integrative Movement Sciences Institute (IMSI), funded by the National Science Foundation, with opportunities to engage with an outstanding network of collaborating scientists across the world.

In addition to the broad IMSI network, this position will integrate closely with the Nishikawa Biomechanics Laboratory at Northern Arizona University (PI: Kiisa Nishikawa) and the Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of California Irvine (PI: Monica Daley). This position will bridge our understanding of muscle function at the molecular and tissue level to that at the whole-body movement level, integrating novel models of muscle contraction to explore unsteady movement dynamics. This work will generate new knowledge of muscular control of agile movement, with applications to device, therapy, and training interventions. The Integrative Movement Sciences Institute will facilitate broad opportunities for mentorship, networking, and travel with affiliated research laboratories.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Development of whole-body musculoskeletal modeling frameworks that incorporate novel muscle model behavior

  • Development of movement simulations of unsteady movement

  • Experimental biomechanical protocol development and execution of whole-body and joint level biomechanics

  • Organization of research projects to be implemented in the Integrative Movement Sciences Summer Institute

  • Technical presentation of research results through conference presentations and journal publications

  • Mentorship of junior scientists in mini research projects

  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or other related field

  • Certified in CITI Protection of Human Subjects

  • Expertise in musculoskeletal modeling, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and neuromotor control.
    Experience in communicating effectively in a collaborative team environment across disparate locations.
    Advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal modeling and simulation approaches in OpenSim.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, veteran status) and upload a CV and cover letter (required). Notice all documents are to be uploaded in a single box. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process. This position will remain open until filled. However, for full consideration, applications should be submitted before June 30, 2024. Contact Kathleen Feighny in HR at with any questions.

About Mines, The Department, and Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines, Colorado's oldest public university and premiere engineering university, is located in Golden, Colorado: a historic gold rush-era town nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder. Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines has about 5,800 undergraduate students and 1,700 graduate students in a broad range of applied science and engineering disciplines. Mines maintains a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$88M in awards in 2023) with strong participation from both graduate and undergraduate students. The 2023 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best National Universities ranks Mines as the top-ranked university in Colorado, 38th in the category of Top Public Schools, and 20th in the category of Most Innovative Schools.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is focused on education and both basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interest in the areas of solid mechanics, materials and manufacturing, thermal-fluid systems, systems/operations engineering, advanced manufacturing, biomechanics, robotics and automation. The undergraduate enrollment in Mechanical Engineering is 1,770 with approximately 25% women and 24% underrepresented students. Approximately 200 graduate students (20% women, 40% underrepresented) are enrolled in Master’s and Ph.D. programs – both in person and online. We pride ourselves on strong, project-based undergraduate course offerings that apply theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in classroom activities and team projects. We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$17M in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Major specialty programs include advanced manufacturing, robotics, automotive engineering, biomechanics, aerospace engineering, energy systems and systems engineering/operations research. More information can be found at and .

Total Rewards
Mines is offering a salary rate of: $60,000 - $65,000.

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees. Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness, and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes fully paid medical and dental premiums as well as vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves, and discount programs. In addition to the amazing benefits mentioned, Mines continues to show its dedication to its employees by offering an 11% employee contribution through our Mines Defined Contribution Plan and an incredible 12% employer contribution with immediate 100% vesting! Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation bring proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs, and leading-edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits .

Background Investigation Required: Yes

Equal Opportunity
Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity, and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

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