DGfB Newsletter 12/2018

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11. Conference of the DGfB in Berlin (03-05.04.2019)

11. Conference of the German Society for Biomechanics (DGfB)

The 11th Conference of the German Society for Biomechanics (DGfB) will take place 03-05.04.2019 in Berlin.

Fürther Information is available here: Invitation and Conference Website

PhD fellowship


PhD Fellowhip

Development of movement and mobility algorithms for wearables and test patient record usability

KEEP CONTROL provides an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral platform to train young scientists at the interface of clinical medicine, allied health and biomechanics, to study unresolved questions about gait and balance in aging and age-related chronic neurological and frail conditions.

This PhD fellowship is provided by the Kiel University in Germany. The Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) Kiel is the northern-most full University of Germany located at the Baltic Sea with 8 facilities and 25000 students. The Faculty of Medicine is one of the four founding faculties. Research at the Faculty of Medicine is characterized by diverse academic networks and forward-looking interdisciplinary profile areas. The dedicated focus of the Faculty is on digital medicine. The Department is a tertiary referral center for all types of movement disorders and has a large outpatient facility.

One PhD Student position is available in the Neurogeriatrics research group at this Neurology Department. The group focuses on the development and validation of portable device-based algorithms for theevaluation of functional mobility in older adults and patients with Parkinson’s disease. Patients Know Best (PKB) created the world’s first patient-controlled medical record to be able to share healthcare information between patients, professionals and organizations across organizational and geographical boundaries. It is used in seven countries across 100 sites, covering a range of populations and conditions and enables coordination of healthcare and research.

The PhD project will (i) apply existing, and develop novel, movement and mobility algorithms for wearables, and (ii) evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and usability of the PKB medical record system.

General eligibility criteria

You will be employed as an Early Stage Researcher according to Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN regulations, which offer excellent employment conditions including a high base salary and many additional benefits such as allowances for travel, mobility and education.

  • Any nationality;
  • Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment;
  • Must have less than 4 years of postgraduate research experience

Specific requirements for the position

  • A completed MSc degree in the field of biomedical engineering, biomechanics, neuroscience,movement science, sport science, computer science, electrical engineering or other related fields;
  • Strong skills in biomechanics and/or neurophysiology
  • Strong skills in signal processing, data analysis (with, e.g., Matlab/R/Python) and biomedical statistics, as well as in database organization and neurophysiology
  • Good command of the English language and good English writing skills;
  • Willing to learn a variety of complementary techniques ranging from sensor-based quantitative autonomic and fine motor testing, to new statistical approaches evaluating, e.g. long-term outcomes;
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and international team.

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Clint Hansen c.hansen@neurologie.uni-kiel.de
Prof. Walter Maetzler w.maetzler@neurologie.uni-kiel.de

Senior Scientist (PostDoc) (m/f) in the field of metallic biomaterials imaging and multimodal data handling


Senior Scientist (PostDoc) (m/f) in the field of metallic biomaterials imaging and multimodal data handling

Code No. 2018/WB 6

The place of employment is Kiel, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht outstation at Molecular Imaging North Competence Center (MOIN CC).

We invite applications for a Senior Scientist (PostDoc) (m/f). The position is full time, fixed term 4.5 years.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) is developing biodegradable Mg-based implant materials for various applications. The focus is on musculoskeletal indications; ardiovascular and other tissue applications are approached as well. The research centre covers the full value chain from material development, characterisation, processing (cast and powder metallurgical routes) and prototype production towards degradation under physiological conditions and in vitro cell culture assessment. This will be complemented by in vivo studies performed in the frame of the newly installed HZG outstation in Kiel and the multimodal imaging capacities of the Molecular Imaging North Competence Center MOIN CC (http://www.moincc.de).

The position requires a university degree in the field of natural science or medicine and a PhD in an appropriate discipline.

For this HZG outstation we are seeking an expert whose profile includes:

  • A profound understanding of how biomaterials are interacting with tissue and in turn how the body is reacting towards a biomaterial. A central part of the work will be the elucidation of the influence of Mg degradation on tissue in vivo (inflammation, foreign body reaction, bone remodelling). This will be combined with ex situ tomography and diffraction experiments performed in cooperation with colleagues at the PETRAIII synchrotron, Hamburg.
  • Experience with Mg as biomaterial. Since this is a new class of material, which can e.g. by ion release (Mg and alloying elements) interfere with metabolic pathways, a plethora of local and systemic reactions can be expected. The ultimate goal is the understanding of how the pathophysiology of patients is related to the success of Mg as implant material.
  • Experience with at least one of the following techniques: MRI/MRS, (μ)CT, histology or immunohistochemistry.
  • Experience in writing grant applications and managing international scientific projects and networks.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Communication skills in German would be beneficial.
  • Willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team in Germany.
  • Experience in the analysis of multimodal data sets or translatory aspects is desirable for to bring Mg materials into the clinic.

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 900 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure including modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH
  • including further social benefits

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity employer and particularly strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2018/WB 6 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades, (link to the) pdf of your PhD thesis, documentation of your English skills (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent) and two letters of recommendation, preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to katharina.philipp@hzg.de. Closing date for applications is November, 1st, 2018.



15 Phd positions in the European Training Network “MgSafe”

The European Training Network “MgSafe” is offering in total15 PhD positions in the area of magnesium implant imaging.

The EU-funded MSCA-ITN ‘MgSafe’ investigates a novel combination of imaging technologies for biodegradable magnesium implants in order to promote patient safety.

The PhD candidates will quantify the physical impact and suitability of a variety ofmodalities on Mg implants. Highly sophisticated imaging techniques (nano and μCT,MRT, PET, USPA, IR) will be developed beyond the forefront of medical device production. This will be done in vivo and with in situ labelling options to deliver non- invasively data on different time and length scales. The body reaction and material behaviour will be investigated during Mg degradation with a precision and plethora of details, which is currently not available.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following PhD projects (please find below a more detailed project description):

P1: In vivo characterisation of designated Mg materials (pins and wires) by μCT andfluorescence imaging in rats. Medical University of Graz, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Graz, Austria (Prof. A.-M. Weinberg)

P2: Large animal in vivo characterisation of designated full size Mg implants (K‐Wires, screws) by clinical CT in a juvenile sheep model. Medical University of Graz, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Austria (Prof. A.-M. Weinberg) in cooperation with Graz University of Technology, Institute of Biomechanics, Graz, Austria (Prof. G. A. Holzapfel)

P3:  Histological validation of advanced bone implant imaging techniques. Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway (Prof. H.J. Haugen)

P4:  Molecular and structural analyses during bone healing and soft-tissue inflammation. Department of Biomaterials, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (Prof. P. Thomsen)

P5:  MRI development for Mg implants to study inflammation. Hannover Medical School, Institute for Laboratory Animal Science, Combinatorial Imaging Facility, CiF, Hannover, Germany (Dr. M. Meier)

P6:  Multimodal imaging of bone regeneration and remodelling after implantation of degradable Mg-based devices in experimental animal models.
National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy (Prof. L. Menichetti)

P7:  Biochemical and biohumoral studies of bone regeneration and remodelling after implantation. National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy (Prof. L. Menichetti)

P8:  In vivo monitoring of the body reaction to the implant by using a novel optical probe and near infrared spectroscopy. Oslo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Oslo, Norway (Dr. Mirtaheri)

P9:  Characterisation of corrosion layer structure and composition in explants. Biomaterials Group, Materials Design Division, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland (Prof. W. Swieszkowski)

P10:  Structural characterisation of explants by synchrotron radiation: differential phase contrast (DPC) μ and nano tomography for investigation of Mg implant tissue interface.Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute for Materials Research, Outstation at DESY, Hamburg, Germany (Prof.R. Willumeit-Römer)

P11:  Structural characterisation of explants by synchrotron radiation: Bone remodelling at the implant-bone interface, SAXS investigations.
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute for Materials Research, Outstation at DESY, Hamburg, Germany (Prof.R. Willumeit-Römer)

P12:  Software development for management and visualisation of multimodal data. SCANCO Medical AG, Bruettisellen, Switzerland (Dr. V. Stadelmann)

P13:  En route to the clinic: MR safety – MR antenna design tailored for Mg alloy implants. MRI.TOOLS GmbH, Robert-Roessle Strasse 10, 13125 Berlin, Germany (Prof. T. Niendorf)

P14:  En route to the clinic: MR safety – influence of Mg implants on MR signal. Syntellix AG and MHH, Research and Development, Hannover, Germany (Dr. J.-M- Seitz)

P15:  High-resolution ultrasound and photoacoustic (USPA) imaging for human application. Fujifilm Visualsonics, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Dr. J. Jose)

Our offer

  • Excellent job opportunities in attractive and well-equipped research groups (e.g.nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR, microscopy, cell culture and corrosionlaboratories)
  • Intense exchange with researchers located in eight European countries
  • Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses,
  • soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching
  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to the EU MSCA-ITN
  • regulations
  • Your general qualifications (for the specific requirements of the 15 positions we refer to the projects details below):
  • Research-based master’s degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) in a subject related to the respective position
  • Excellent command of English
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work effectively in
  • an interdisciplinary international team
  • Flexible, creative, self-organised and able to work independently on multiple
  • tasks
  • Experience in publishing
  • Motivation to participate in the projects training program

Mobility requirements of MSCA-ITN European Training Networks

Applicants need to be Early-Stage Researchers. They must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers (= after acquiring MSc degree or similar) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree yet.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical,transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Mobility rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Starting from April 1st 2019, the positions will be awarded for three years.

How to apply

Please send your application in English indicating job offer code no. 2018/WB 5 andwhich position you are interested in by email preferably in one pdf file not exceeding 10 MB to application.mgsafe@hzg.de. Please DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs or organisations. Such emails will not be considered.

Make sure that your application includes

  • a CV which gives an overview of the academic/education history, including a list of courses/exams and grades, the exact award date (day/month/year) of the degree with original transcripts of Bachelor and Master University Degree (or similar) as well as copy of valid identity documents,
  • a list of your publications,
  • a list of skills you acquired during the courses attended at university,
  • a documentation of special skills suitable for the position you apply for,
  • a documentation of your excellent English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE with minimum scores of: TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test), IELTS: 6.5 with no section lower than 5.5, or equivalent),
  • a copy or half-page summary of master/diploma thesis and
  • a letter of motivation (up to 2 pages) which states your research experience and interests and a concrete project plan, which explains how you envisage your work in the project,
  • names and contact information of at least two academic referees who could write a letter of recommendation.

Deadline for applications: 31.10.2018

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DGfB 2019 – Abstract Deadline 11/05/2018

11th Conference of the German Society for Biomechanics (DGfB)

The deadline for Abstract submission for the 11th Conrerence of the  DGfB the 05th November 2018.

The invitation and Links for submitting Abstracts  can be found here: Einladung

DGfB Newsletter 05/2018

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Building on our outstanding REF2014 results in Engineering and unsurpassed NSS outcomes in our engineering disciplines, the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) at Heriot-Watt University wishes to enhance and complement its existing research capacity within its Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE).  We are seeking individuals who can contribute to the continued growth of our research profile in Biomechanical and biomedical engineering and research activities at the life science/engineering interface. Candidates are expected to have a strong track record of research coupled with an ability to contribute to the quality and innovation of our teaching in our core areas of mechanical engineering or chemical engineering.

IMPEE is a diverse, multidisciplinary research institute focused on promoting excellence across our main research themes: Novel Energy Systems, Storage and Integration; Biological and Healthcare Eng.; Sustainable Process Engineering; Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies and Systems; Low Carbon Processes; and Multiscale Multiphase Engineering Modelling. Members of the Institute also contribute to innovative teaching of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering with global reach.

We are seeking candidates with a record that will demonstrate that they have the drive and ambition to become a leading international researcher in an area complementary to our existing strengths. We are particularly keen to hear from those with core research and teaching interests that contribute to Biomechanical and biomedical engineering and research activities at the life science/engineering interface.

This position is part of a greater recruitment initiative and more information, including salary scale, can be found here https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BLV525/assistant-associate-professor-in-chemical-engineering-and-mechanical-engineering .

Posdoc position

Posdoc position: Computer Modeling of Angiogenesis (Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin)

A post-doctoral fellowship is available within the Computational Mechanobiology Group at the Julius Wolff Institute (Charité Medical School in Berlin). This position is funded through a collaboration grant (Research Unit 2165: Regeneration in Aged Individuals) from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to study the mechano-biological regulation of sprouting angiogenesis during bone regeneration. Research goals are being addressed through a combination of in vitro/in vivo experimentation and computer modeling.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: mechanics, bioinformatics, computational biology and/or computational mechanics. Strong programming and computer modelling skills are required. The position is available for two years with an option to renew provided that adequate progress is made and that the project funding is continued.

The work will be conducted in an interdisciplinary research environment composed of engineers, biologists and clinicians. As a postdoc you will be associated to the Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies (www.bsrt.de) and benefit from the interaction with international scientists.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae and two references by August 31, 2018. Applications should be sent to: Prof. Sara Checa (sara.checa@charite.de)

Prof. Sara Checa
Computational Mechanobiology
Julius Wolff Institute
Charité – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow Klinikum
13353 Berlin

PhD Position


Phd Position
Biomechanical analysis of the performance of a musician in relation with the mechanical properties of the instrument (3 years)

Location: University of Technology of Compiegne (France)

PhD Position is open in collaboration with the research unit Biomechanics and Bioengineering (UMR-CNRS 7338) (https://bmbi.utc.fr/ ) and the Laboratory Roberval ( FRE-CRNS 2012) (https://roberval.utc.fr/ ) at the University of Technology of Compiegne (France) (www.utc.fr ) for three years.

The project description:

Gestures of musicians do not only lead to sound production, they may also be seen as the achievement of an artistic performance. Preliminary studies during laboratory sessions have already demonstrated that expert musicians present an extreme reproducibility of their motion. Furthermore, this motion is directly linked to the skill level of a performer and the instrument they play. In addition, motion analysis of musicians can be used to develop gesture-learning paradigms.

The core of the present research project is to investigate how a novice becomes an expert and how the mechanical properties of the instrument affect a musician’s performance. This does not only take into account the accuracy of the musical performance but also the spatio-temporal characteristics of the gestures of the performer. The focus of this research would be to perform motion capture analysis and comparison during both laboratory and live concert sessions, which will require the integration of sensors onto the instrument(s) to monitor the influence of mechanical and acoustical properties on the performance. Investigation will focus on percussion instruments, such as snare drum, marimba, kettledrum, vibraphone, etc.

This project presents topological and methodological challenges, in particular the identification of state variables of multibody kinematical chains, considering both the musician and the sticks. The protocol will have to be designed in order to set up a motion capture session that does not disturb the musician.

This project will be under the auspices of the interdisciplinary institute “Collegium Musicae” of Sorbonne Université, allying scientists with different backgrounds (musicology, music performance, mathematics, acoustics, ethnology, biomechanics, etc.).


  • Background in Mechanics ( science of materials )
  • Background in Biomechanics/ Motion capture appreciated
  • Ability to collect and analyze experimental data
  • Experience with computation ( Matlab, python,… )
  • Excellent oral / written communication in English and French

All information concerning the university of technology of Compiegne and the Compiegne area can be found respectively under www.utc.fr
and www.compiegne.fr

Please send your applications including your CV (including a publications list and a summary of the previous research experience, a cover letter, and a recommendation letter per email as soon as possible)to: Prof. Frédéric



Marin (frederic.marin@utc.fr) and prof. Zoheir Aboura (zoheir.aboura@utc.fr).

The selected candidate will then be contacted by beginning June to prepare an application at the doctoral programme university of technology of Compiegne ( https://www.utc.fr/formations/candidater-a-lutc/candidater-au- doctorat-utc.html ).

The successful candidate will be auditioned between June 25 and June 29. The start of the project will start at the earliest in October 2018.