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PhD Student Position in Shoulder Biomechanics of Rotator Cuff

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13’000 students and around 3’000 faculty and staff.

At the Institute of Mechanical Systems (IMES) we deal with questions from the mechanical engineering environment. We focus on the three core competencies Biomechanical Engineering, Lightweight Engineering and Mechanics.

The focus group Biomechanical Engineering deals with the function and pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, to use these findings for the research and development of medical devices. Specifically, the group emphasises on the biomechanical development, simulation and testing of orthopedic implants & prostheses.

In order to start a research project, we are looking for a

PhD Student Position in Shoulder Biomechanics of Rotator Cuff 80%, start in September 2020 or earlier

Your duties and responsibilities include:

  • Development & realisation of a novel, experimental shoulder simulator
  • Execution of in-vitro studies to evaluate biomechanics of the human shoulder
  • Data evaluation & submission of publications
  • Cooperation of new research projects and proposal writing
  • Teaching or supervision of student projects at Bachelor or Masters level

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in a (biomedical) engineering discipline (Mechanical- Electrical-, or Systems Engineering), or related field
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team of biomechanical engineers, surgeons and movement analysts
  • Knowledge in steering/controlling algorithms (Labview, Matlab), motion analysis, biostatistics and/or shoulder biomechanics
  • Experience with studies and study design carried out in a clinical context
  • Strong English skills, solid command of standard German

We offer the opportunity to work on a dedicated translational PhD project, interesting and challenging job with high degree of self-responsibility in a professional environment with flexible working hours and open-minded and dynamic research culture with a view towards achieving results.

Do you have any further questions about this position?

For technical information please contact Prof. Dr. Daniel Baumgartner (Head of BME) at Tel. 058 934 4728 or baud@zhaw.ch

Are you interested?

In this case we look forward to receiving your complete application documents via the online platform to Mrs. Eliane Leemann, HR Consultant, at the Winterthur location.

Further information can be found at www.zhaw.ch and www.imes.zhaw.ch

For further information on our Institute, go to: www.zhaw.ch

PhD position in Computational Mechanics with an emphasis on Biomechanics and Piezoelectric Material

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PhD position in Computational Mechanics with an emphasis on Biomechanics and Piezoelectric

A PhD position shared in collaboration between the Computational Mechanobiology Group at the Julius Wolff Institute (Charite Medical School in Berlin) and the Computational and Structural Mechanics group at the Institute of Mechanics in Technische Universität Berlin is vacant.

Topic

Bone has the ability to self-regenerate after injury, however, large bone defects often lead to delayed healing or non-unions. The treatment of these conditions remains a clinical challenge. To overcome the limitations of current bone treatment options, novel alternatives hold promise as the next generation of tissue engineering scaffolds. Experimental trial and error in the design of these scaffolds could be reduced by the development of a computer platform that could support the design of these scaffolds. The project therefore aims to develop suitable numerical models to investigate the behaviour and optimal design of tissue engineering scaffolds and their influence on the bone regeneration process.

Your tasks

You will employ engineering, mathematical and computational techniques (FEM) to determine the mechanical and electrical signals generated due to the physiological stimulation of a scaffold and to investigate how these signals influence the bone regeneration process. You will also investigate how different parameters influence the bone healing process. Using this understanding, the potential design optimization of scaffolds (concerning scaffold geometrical and material properties) will be also investigated. You have to be able to employ experimental data available to validate and qualify the numerical prediction.

Your profile

  • Highly motivated candidate with a Master’s or comparable degree in mechanical engineering/biomedical engineering/material science and engineering/mathematical biology or a related discipline
  • Strong skills in Finite Element Modelling (e.g. Abaqus)
  • Ideally knowledge or experience in material science in particular piezoelectric materials
  • Knowledge in Programming is advantageous (e.g. C/C++, Matlab, Python)
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary project
  • Very good English language skills (oral and written)

What we provide

This position is fully funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a period of three years (100%, E13 salary group). You will work in friendly teams of highly qualified researchers and in unique research environments. Expected start date is at the earliest convenience, ideally May 1, 2020.

Application / Contact

Please submit your application before March 31 , 2020 via e-mail to Dr. Melika Mohammadkhah (Melika.mohammadkhah@tu-berlin.de). Your email should contain a single PDF document (subject: “Application: PhD position”) including the letter of motivation, your CV (with contact information of at least two references), transcripts of the bachelor’s and master’s diploma, proof of English language skills.

PhD Position in Shoulder Biomechanics of Rotator Cuff Tear

PhD Position in Shoulder Biomechanics of Rotator Cuff Tear

100%, start in September 2020 or earlier

The Functional Biomechanics Research group (Prof. Dr. Mündermann) at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (DBE) invites applications for a PhD position as part of a translational project investigating shoulder biomechanics of rotator cuff tears. The 3-year project, which will be carried out at the University Hospital Basel in collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, will start in September 2020. The project aims to test the overall hypothesis that rotator cuff tear affects glenohumeral translation and that this functional instability depends on additional load applied, on anatomical and morphological variation, and on type and severity of the injury. The PhD candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the in vivo part of the larger study involving loading experiments on the rotator cuff in humans.

Your position

The PhD project will involve in vivo biomechanical experiments in patients with degenerative rotator cuff tear and in age-matched asymptomatic persons. You will adapt, combine, and refine established methods for assessing shoulder biomechanics and evaluate the accuracy and precision of your pipeline. You will collaborate with clinicians to recruit and clinically assess participants, oversee fluoroscopy and MR imaging data collection, carry out motion data and electromyographic data collection, refine algorithms for data processing and combine results of in vivo experiments with those of simulation experiments carried out by our engineering collaborator. You will also be involved in proposal writing and acquisition of new research projects and in teaching or supervision of student projects at Bachelor or Master level.

Your profile

  • Highly motivated candidate with a Master’s or comparable degree in biomedical engineering, movement science, or a related discipline
  • Excellent grades
  • Strong skills in Matlab programming and algebra
  • Profound knowledge in motion analysis, electromyography, and biostatistics
  • Ideally, previous experience with Vicon Nexus, electromyography, and shoulder biomechanics
  • Experience with studies carried out in a clinical context
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, movement scientists and biomedical engineers
  • Strong German and English language skills

We offer

The PhD project will be part of a research project funded for 3 years by the Swiss National Science Foundation. We offer an international, multidisciplinary work environment and excellent research infrastructure. Compensation will be according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (www.snf.ch). Expected start date is at the earliest convenience, ideally September 1, 2020.

Application / Contact

Please submit your application before April 15, 2020 as a single PDF document via e-mail (subject: “Application: PhD position shoulder biomechanics”, address: see below). The document should include your letter of motivation, your CV, transcripts of your bachelor’s and master’s diploma, proof of German language proficiency, as well as contact information of up at least two references.

For applications and questions please contact Prof. Dr. Annegret Mündermann (annegret.muendermann@unibas.ch).

Research Assistant (PreDoc, m/f/d)

The BG Unfallklinik Murnau is one of the largest supra-regional trauma centers in Germany with 596 beds and provides care and support for patients from initial care at the scene of the accident to successful social and professional reintegration. In accordance with the principle of the statutory accident insurance “by all appropriate means”, patients here find holistic medical care of the highest standard. Around 2,300 employees care for almost 45,000 patients annually.
Further information: www.bgu-murnau.de
The BG Unfallklinik Murnau is one of the largest clinic groups in Germany (www.bg- kliniken.de) with nine acute care clinics, two clinics for occupational diseases and two accident treatment centers.

As of April 1, 2020 we are looking for a

Research Assistant (PreDoc, m/f/d)

to strengthen our team at the

Institute for Biomechanics

initially limited to 3 years.

Your duties

  • Collaboration in the research project “Population variability in orthopaedic bio- mechanics”. The aim is to develop and mechanically characterize materials that serve as synthetic bones for the development and validation of new implants. The methodological focus is on biomechanical testing, medical imaging and finite element analysis.
  • Preparation of and participation in scientific reports and publications
  • Presentation of research results at scientific events at home and abroad
  • Submission of research proposals, participation in externally funded projects
  • Cooperation in teaching and supervision of interns

Your profile

  • A completed diploma or master’s degree in biomedical engineering, medical technology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, technical physics, materials science or equivalent studies in Germany or abroad
  • Craftsmanship and pleasure in manual laboratory work
  • Basic experience in scientific work
  • Programming experience and affinity to statistical analysis methods
  • Strong communication skills and very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken
  • Reliability, an independent way of working and pleasure in participating in in- ter-disciplinary teams

Our offer

  • A modern working environment with varied activities in a constantly growing clinic with excellent infrastructure and equipment
  • A comprehensive and structured induction training with regulated procedures
  • Further education and development opportunities (e.g. a doctorate at the PMU Salzburg)
  • Support of a work-life balance through flexible working hours and at least 30 days of vacation
  • Attractive remuneration according to TV-BG Kliniken as well as additional social benefits and employee benefits in the region

The inclusion of people with disabilities corresponds to our self-image and we therefore welcome your application.

Please send your application with a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and certificates to the Institute of Biomechanics at the BG Unfallklinik Murnau, Prof.- Küntscher-Str. 8, 82418 Murnau or by e-mail to biomechanik@bgu-murnau.de or via our career portal (www.bgu-murnau.de). We are looking forward to meeting you!

PhD Studentship II

PhD Studentship

University: London South Bank University
Location: London, United Kingdom
Department: School of Applied Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre
Project Duration: 3 years (starting April 2020)

The School of Applied Sciences and Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre at the University is looking for an experienced and self-motivated applicant for a PhD position in the field of muscle biomechanics. As part of a fully-funded project, and together with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, clinicians and sport scientists, the applicant will examine adaptation of human lower limb muscles and tendons to mechanical loading. A full scholarship including tuition fees is available to EU students.

The main tasks related to the position

  • Establishing long-term exercise protocols to develop muscle and tendon biomechanical properties across the age range
  • Analysing human lower-limb muscles using dynamometry, EMG, ultrasonography and MRI

Requirements

  • A Master of Science in biomechanics, kinesiology or a closely related field
  • Some experience in kinematic and kinetic data collection during human movement; and/or analysing neuromechanical properties of human muscle (for example, dynamometry, EMG, ultrasonography and/or MRI)
  • Some experience in programming, data processing and analysis (e.g. MATLAB)
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English

Candidates are encouraged to send their applications electronically as a single PDF document (detailed CV, copies of certificates, a supporting letter) to k.karamanidis@lsbu.ac.uk

The expected starting date is April 2020 and the deadline for submission is 27.01.2020.

Prof Kiros Karamanidis PhD in Biomechanics
Professor in Ageing and Exercise Science
Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre
School of Applied Sciences
London South Bank University, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 781 579 91
E-mail: k.karamanidis@lsbu.ac.uk

PhD Studentship I

PhD Studentship

University: London South Bank University
Location: London, United Kingdom
Department: School of Applied Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre
Project Duration: 3 years (starting April 2020)

The School of Applied Sciences and Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre at the University is looking for an experienced and self-motivated applicant for a PhD position in the field of biomechanics. As part of a fully-funded project, and together with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, clinicians and sport scientists, the applicant will develop a method to assess human knee and hip joint axes of rotation. A full scholarship including tuition fees is available to both EU and international students.

The main tasks related to the position

  • Establishing a non-invasive method for clinical application to determine knee and hip joint axes of rotation in older and obese people during muscle contractions
  • Developing image processing methods to automatically track the movement of bony landmarks during contractions and passive movements

Requirements

  • A Master of Science in bioengineering or a closely related field
  • Extensive experience in programming, data processing and analysis (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python)
  • A background in mechanical engineering or robotics as well as in human movement sciences
  • Advanced image and analogue signal processing skills
  • A developed interest in sports and/or human movement sciences
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English

Candidates are encouraged to send their applications electronically as a single PDF document (detailed CV, copies of certificates, a supporting letter) to k.karamanidis@lsbu.ac.uk

The expected starting date is April 2020 and the deadline for submission is 27.01.2020.

Prof Kiros Karamanidis PhD in Biomechanics
Professor in Ageing and Exercise Science
Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre
School of Applied Sciences
London South Bank University, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 781 579 91
E-mail: k.karamanidis@lsbu.ac.uk

Research Assistant m/f (Pre Doc, 30 h)

The Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL) is part of an academic and research community located at the Campus Krems, and includes a network of comprising teaching hospitals in St. Pölten, Krems and Tulln. The university offers degree programs in Human Medicine, Psychotherapy, Counselling Sciences and Psychology and are tailored to the requirements of the Bologna model, opening the door to new, cutting-edge health professions. KL is committed to raising its profile in specific areas of biomedicine, biomedical engineering, and biopsychosocial sciences by entering into strategic academic and research partnerships with other institutions.

Starting at December 2019, the department of anatomy and biomechanics (division of biomechanics, Prof. Pahr) offers a research position, which is limited to the duration of three years:

Research Assistant m/f (Pre Doc, 30 h)

Your responsibilities:

  • Participation in the research project “PrintMyBone – 3D printing of artificial bones from clinical CT data”.
  • In particular: use of FDM and SLA printing processes, extension of these printing processes (keywords: “composite materials” and “non-planar slicing”) as well as characterization of 3D printed parts (mechanical testing, micro-CT imaging). The goal is to create 3D printed structures that mimic the mechanical properties of human bones and can be used for precise, repeatable tests for the development of medical devices or for training purposes.
  • Submission of research applications, participation in third-party funded projects
  • Supervision of students and participation in teaching

Your profile:

  • Master degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical or civil engineering, technical physics, material sciences or similar fields
  • handicraft skills and enjoyment of manual laboratory work
  • Basic knowledge of image processing and programming
  • Interest in 3D printing and scientific work
  • Reliable and independent way of working
  • Friendly and team oriented personality

Your opportunities:

You can expect a challenging job in a highly motivated team with the possibility to achieve the academic degree of a PhD (Dr. techn.)

People with disabilities who meet the required qualification criteria are expressly invited to apply and are given special consideration. The minimum classification is € 2,100 gross per month.

Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and credentials and should be mailed by 17 of November 2019 to Ms. Christina Schwaiger of the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria (bewerbung@kl.ac.at).

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Project information:

The “Birdsong for Human(e) voices” project is funded by the CRI and is led by Dr. Pauline Provini. More information on theproject: https://projects.cri-paris.org/projects/tY6OqgWS/summary

Job Description Summary:

We are searching for a highly motivated, independent, multidisciplinary postdoctoral researcher to be part of a team focusing on understanding the biomechanics of birdsong. The postdoctoral researcher will play a substantive role in planning and conducting research by using quantitative modelling methods. In close collaboration with the Principal Investigator, the postdoctoral researcher will

  • Participate to the collection of experimental data (multiple X-ray and light high-speed videos, Particle Image Velocimetry data, acoustic data, etc.) of different species of birds during vocalization.
  • Fluid dynamics analysis (CFD model) of bird
  • Aero-acoustic modelling of birdsong based on experimental data collected by the
  • Draft and publish scientific papers derived from the
  • Attend annual scientific meetings to present research derived from the project
  • Actively participate to meetings, seminars, and CRI life in

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD qualification with relevant research experience in biomechanics (e.g. engineering, modelling) or a closely related field.

Additional positive qualifications:

Specific expertise in one or more of the targeted experimental techniques (PIV, XROMM, and acoustic recordings), experiencewith live animals, and knowledge of the functional morphology of vertebrates are considered as additional positive elements for the candidate. An interdisciplinary background is highly appreciated.

Typical Hiring Range: Full-Time job ±2200 Euro/month (net) according to the INSERM salary scale.

Location: Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire, 8bis Rue Charles V, 75004 Paris France.

Institution information:

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) experiments and spreads new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in life, learning and digital sciences. The CRI promotes scientists who thrive indynamic environments, are inspired and motivated by daily interactions with diverse peers, work best in teams and comfortably mix disciplines, rearranging, straddling field boundaries and wish to explore uncharted domains.

Job Open/Close Date: Fall 2020/ Summer 2022.

Required Documents

To apply for the position, please send the following documents to Pauline.provini@cri-paris.org:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter summarizing research interests, professional experience, and career
  3. Names and Contact Information for References

Please have 2 recommendations forwarded directly to Dr. Pauline Provini email address by those individuals providing the references. These should not come from the applicant.

Review of applications will begin on September 15th and continue until the position is filled.

PhD candidate – in the field of development and testing of innovative intervertebral disk implants

For our Medical Technology Divisionin Plochingen, Germany, we are looking for a

PhD candidate – in the field of development and testing of innovative intervertebral disk implants

with the following main tasks:

  • Research with focus on the mechanical evaluation of implant designs for spinal column mobility, determination of safety and performance considering adverse loading situation which have not yet been defined by standards, within the framework of the EU-funded project NU-SPINE
  • Participation in the meetings necessary for the development of the project, including occasional travelling within the EU
  • Independent work and interaction with other research members of the NU-SPINE network
  • Participation in joint discussions within the broader research group and the network
  • Preparation of the results for publication and participation in appropriate conferences for their dissemination
  • innovative thinking, creativity and critical assessment in the application of appropriate approaches within the research field

your profile:

  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering or a comparable degree
  • good time management and planning skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure
  • very good written and oral communication and presentation skills in English
  • Independent, committed and systematic way of working

The eligibility criteria for this specific project are as follows:

  • At the date of recruitment, you must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the undergraduate degree.
  • You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

PhD position

PhD position

COMPUTER OPTIMIZATION OF SCAFFOLDS FOR BONEREGENERATION

A PhD position is available within the Computational Mechanobiology Group at the Julius Wolff Institute (Charite Medical School in Berlin) on the topic of computational optimization.

Background

Although bone has the fascinating ability to self-regenerate after injury, large bone defects often lead to delayed or non-unions. The treatment of these conditions remains a clinical challenge for which scaffold-based strategies appear as a promising approach. In this approach, 3D open porous structures are implanted in the bone defect with the aim to support bone regeneration. Although, preliminary pre- and clinical data show encouraging results, there is still a need to optimize these scaffolds to ensure successful healing. The growth of new bone within the scaffold is influenced by many factors, such as the scaffold architecture, material properties, patient health condition, etc. The aim of this project is to investigate the potential optimization of scaffolds to promote bone regeneration within large bone defects.

Tasks

You will develop computer models to simulate the bone healing process and the interaction between mechanical signals (strains) within the healing region and biological processes (e.g. cellular migration, matrix deposition, etc.) taking place. You will simulate the interaction of the bone regeneration process with scaffold-support structures and develop algorithms for the computer optimization of the scaffold design to promote the bone healing process. You will be able to compare model predictions with experimental data from animal studies (e.g. histology, microCT) and to have access to patient data. The project is part of a research collaboration between several Institutes on the topic of “Personalised Bone Defect Treatment” (Funded by the BMBF).

Your profile

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science/Mathematical Biology or a related discipline
  • Knowledge of Finite Element Modelling will be advantageous
  • Experience in Programming is required (e.g. C/C++, Matlab)
  • High motivation and strong interest in research

What we provide

This position is available for a period of three years. Salary will be commensurate with experience. You will work in a friendly team and in a unique research environment. As a PhD student you will be associated to the Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies (www.bsrt.de) and benefit from the interaction with international students. Starting date: 1st October, 2019.page1image33948992

Apply

Interested candidates should send a CV, a cover letter and two references that could be contacted. Please email the application to Prof. Checa via email at: sara.checa@charite.de