A research fellowship working with the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Biomechanics Research Team at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is available for the 2019-20 academic year. The research fellow will work with a close-knit team of surgeons and engineers focused on understanding the biomechanical impact of ACL injury and reconstruction on knee function and clinical outcome. The team consists of surgeons in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at HSS including Drs. Thomas Wickiewicz, Andrew Pearle, and Danyal Nawabi, and Scientists within the Biomechanics Department including Carl Imhauser, PhD.


This research opportunity includes extensive imaging (via CT and MRI) of cadaveric knees, image processing and analysis of the image data, biomechanical testing of the knees, and dissection. The opportunity also includes clinical assessment of patients pre- and post-ACL surgery using a novel measurement instrument to assess knee stability. Collection, analysis, and synthesis of data are important aspects of all projects.

The position requires exceptional interpersonal skills, especially the ability to communicate across a broad spectrum of individuals including surgeons, patients, engineers, therapists, and statisticians. Outstanding analytical ability and demonstrated experience using mathematical computing software (MATLAB) for data analysis and visualization is necessary. Excellent writing ability related to preparation of IRB applications and manuscripts is also expected.

Applicants interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedics with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science will be exclusively considered for the position. Applicants must be currently enrolled in medical school and be able to devote a gap year to research or must have completed medical school and are pursuing a research gap year.

The fellow will gain basic and clinical research experience through patient interaction, participation in regular research meetings, presentation to clinical and research staff, shadowing surgeons in the operating room, collaborating with residents, fellows, and therapists, practicing surgical skills, reviewing relevant anatomy through cadaveric testing and dissection, and attending weekly grand rounds of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service.

Altogether, this research fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a highly-motivated and technically-skilled student to enhance their application for the Orthopedic Residency Match. The internship is located in the Biomechanics Department within the Hospital for Special Surgery at 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY.

We anticipate filling the position by March 2019. Please submit resumes to: Carl Imhauser, PhD. e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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