The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Laboratory at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute is seeking oustanding medical students to fill two open research fellow positions for the 2023-2024 academic year. The BME lab develops and tests new orthopedic surgeries in cadaveric specimens and evaluates their efficacy using state-of-the-art robotic manipulation and sensors.

The Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) lab develops and tests new orthopedic surgeries in cadaveric specimens and evaluates their efficacy using state-of-the-art robotic manipulation and sensors. As a research fellow in the orthopedic robotics/biomechanics lab, the employee will play an integral role in projects from initiation to completion. In the study design phase, the employee will conduct literature reviews to identify unanswered clinical questions, participate in team meetings (with bioengineers and orthopedic surgeons) to design studies and assist with submitting project grants for funding. In the testing phase, the employee will work with orthopedic surgeons to prepare and dissect specimens, and with biomedical engineers to conduct testing. After testing, the employee will help interpret data, write manuscripts, and submit to top-tier orthopedic conferences and journals. Research fellows may also assist with project logistics, such as scheduling test days, acquiring specimens that meet inclusion criteria and managing surgical equipment inventory to ensure we have everything we need for testing days. The employee may be working on multiple projects at once, so time management is an essential skill. In addition to work within the BME department, research fellows are encouraged to shadow the attending surgeons in the operating room and assist clinical fellows in the surgical skills lab. There are also opportunities for collaboration with the Imaging, Regenerative Medicine, and Clinical Outcomes departments. 


Two positions are available for a one year period.  Estimated start date May 2023. Interviews will start in late January.  Employees will receive a $500 per month stipend for rent with proof of lease. Insurance benefit package available.


  • Minimum of 3 years of medical school (or equivalent anatomical and surgical knowledge)
  • Experience with cadaver dissection required
  • Prior Research Experience – Preferably in orthopedics 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent written English


BioMedical Engineering Research Fellow

Department of BioMedical Engineering
Steadman Philippon Research Institute
Vail, Colorado, USA

Position is available March 2023

To apply, applicants must submit an online application including an updated curriculum vitae with a focus on educational background, work experience, academic record of peer reviewed publications and grants, laboratory work experience, computer skills assessment, instrumentation skill sets, and programming capabilities. Online application portal:

We also require a personal statement (two page max) detailing how you would contribute to the specified role and core values of research and education at SPRI. Following our internal selection process, only qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone interview. A list of references will only be requested for individuals that pass the phone interview. The application process and all associated communications will remain confidential.

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