Dr. Stephen K. Aoki specializes in the surgical treatment of pediatric, adolescent, and adult sports injuries of the hip and knee. Dr. Aoki serves as team physician for University of Utah Gymnastics, University of Utah Football and is the head orthopaedic surgeon for Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer. Dr. Aoki also serves as the current Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and is the former Chair of the University of Utah Residency Selection Committee.  

Current research is focused on both pediatric and adult sports medicine, primarily related to hip and knee pathology. Research includes clinical, biomechanical, and basic science projects. Please refer to the following links for a list of previous research projects: U of U: Aoki Academic Website, in addition to a brochure overview of the fellowship.

As the research assistant, you will be responsible for managing and organizing multiple projects and efficiently following them to completion. We are looking for a socially intelligent, motivated, self-driven, and trustworthy individual to fill this position. 

Position: Research Associate (Full-time paid position)

Duration: ~ May 2023 - May 2024

Location: University of Utah Orthopaedic Center/Primary Children’s Hospital. Salt Lake City, UT.


  • MS3 or MS4 students with a strong interest in orthopaedic research and a planned career in orthopaedic surgery and academic medicine.
  • Prior research experience preferred. Statistical experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks in an efficient manner



  • Manage multiple research projects and organize and maintain all aspects of the projects and follow them to completion (assist in data collection, write/submit manuscripts)
  • Organizing and presenting ongoing research updates at weekly meetings with a team of research faculty, fellows, residents, statisticians, and research coordinators
  • Collecting patient-reported outcome data
  • Assisting in preparing PowerPoint Presentations, Website Educational Material


Goals/Opportunities of the Fellowship: 

  • 10-15 publications, in addition to case reports, reviews, and book chapters
  • Gain important experience in clinical and basic science orthopaedic research to help strengthen a potential academic career
  • Be able to read and critically analyze medical literature
  • Be comfortable with data collection, scientific writing, and submission of manuscripts
  • Attend and present at national and international meetings

Clinical Opportunities of the Fellowship:

  • Participate in clinic and operating room working with Dr. Aoki, fellows, and residents
  • Cadaveric surgical lab experience: suturing, open dissections, arthroscopic skills
  • While this is a research fellowship in sports medicine, this opportunity will be one that exposes you to all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. You will be expected to attend orthopaedic grand rounds, sports medicine/trauma subspecialty conferences, journal club, and resident conferences to help improve your overall knowledge in the specialty.

This is a great opportunity and has been very productive for previous fellows. If you have any questions regarding the position or application process, please email the current Research Fellow, Reece Rosenthal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


How To Apply:

Interested applicants should send the following items to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Address email subject line as “Research Fellowship Position”.

  1. - Curriculum vitae
  2. - Medical school transcript including 3rd year grades (may be unofficial)
  3. - Personal Statement about yourself, including why you are applying for this position, previous research background and statistics experience.
  4. - A list of references will be requested for individuals interviewed for this position.