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Undergraduate Research Assistant

Computational Biosciences Laboratory (CBL)
Boise State University

Application Due: March 11 (Monday)
Start Date: Late March, 2019
End Date: August 2019 (with potential for extension)

Research Focus:

Understanding differences in musculoskeletal adaptation between younger and older populations.

Job Description:

The Computational Biosciences Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated individual to support a research project that involves a combination of biomechanical and bioimaging data collection of study participants and subject-specific computational (finite element) model development. Duties of the successful applicant will include assisting with data collection and post-processing in the Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR), building 3D models from imaging (magnetic resonance) data, and applying experimental data to rigid-body (OpenSim) and finite element (Abaqus) models.

An excellent candidate will currently be a Sophomore or Junior in Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science (or other related field) that is hard working, well organized and interested in biomechanics and applying computing tools to solve biomechanical problems. Seniors with an intention of pursuing a graduate degree will also be considered. Competency in the following areas is desired, but not required: biomechanics, computer programming, biology, finite element methods, and SolidWorks. The most important attribute for this position is the ability to problem-solve and debug in a logical and independent manner. This job offers an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in biomechanical engineering.


Part-time during Spring 2019 (10 hours/week)
Full-time during Summer 2019 (40 hours/week).

If Interested:

If you are interested in this position, send your resume (including the names and contact information of two references), unofficial transcript, and a brief cover letter to Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick ( by March 11 (Monday). I will contact selected students for an interview by Friday, March 15.

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