Engineering Intern

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Updated: June 21, 2019
Job ID: 214799
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Location: San Diego, CA, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking an Engineering Intern to support the Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE), whose mission is to conduct clinically-relevant research focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of service members with extremity injury or amputation ( The EACE research team at Naval Medical Center San Diego is an interdisciplinary group of clinical scientists, physical therapists, biomechanists, and engineers within the Department of Physical Therapy. Active research collaborations span the Prosthetics & Orthotics Clinic, Pain Management, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and external academic laboratories. This position will be located at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to EACE. 

Job Duration: 12 Weeks 


  1. Develops generalizable software programs for use in instrumented human motion analysis using MATLAB and/or Python. Tasks include real-time interfacing with motion analysis software packages (Cortex MAC, XSens MVN, APDM Moveo), and new algorithms to post-process data. 
  2. Perform experiments for the verification and validation of measurement equipment. Documents methods and results in technical reports.
  3. Assists with programming and troubleshooting of hardware/software to include: optical motion capture, force-measuring treadmill, inertial measurement units, video, surface muscle electromyography, cardiopulmonary monitoring systems.
  4. Aid in processing and quality control of biomechanical data for clinical research projects.
  5. Contributes to writing for scientific conference and journal submissions.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated programming ability in MATLAB and/or Python. Ability to create code independently, and adapt existing code with minimal supervision.
  • Motivation to work in a clinical environment. 

Preferred but not required:

  • Prior exposure to: instrumented human motion analysis, digital signal processing; GUI’s; network protocols for real-time data transmission & processing (CAN/UDP/TCP).

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Current student or recent graduate of B.S. or M.S/M.Eng in engineering (biomedical, mechanical, electrical, or similar), or computer science.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 0 – 2 years of experience. 

Work Environment: Laboratory/clinical environment. 

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.