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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

Technical staff member (m/f/d)

Advertisement N xx/2019

At the University of Rostock, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Sport Science, Chair Exercise Science, subject to funding, applications are invited for the position, starting as soon as possible and unlimited, of a:

Technical staff member (m/f/d)
(pay scheme TV-L E 13, full-time 40 hours/week, unlimited)

Remit:

  • Operation, maintenance and repair of the entire technical equipment of the exercise science lab, especially of the DFG-funded GRAIL (Gait Realtime Analysis Interactive Lab)
  • Realisation of virtual realities and data-acquisition as well as data-processing routines for the GRAIL and other hardware
  • Contribution to planning, realisation and operation of experimental setups within the framework of projects (hardware-control and software-triggering)
  • Contribution to a data privacy protection and data security conception for the exercise science lab, compilation of a manual for the lab
  • Inventory and administration of the technical equipment, protection and responsibility for the inventory (e.g. Lab planning, ordering, authorisation of cleaning, …)
  • Oral and written communication with manufacturers and providers of laboratory techniques
  • Contribution to the preparation and administration of the web page of the work area of exercise science

Requirements:

  • Final degree (diploma, state examination, or bachelor degree) of an university of applied sciences in informatics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical technique, sport science or comparable subject with at least good result
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and German are necessary
  • A minimum of physical appropriateness for the handling of heavy tools is required
  • Very good programming skills e.g. in: C++, Matlab, LabView and other graphical computer language
  • Knowledge and interest on biomechanical and electrophysiological methods (particularly GRAIL, EMG, EEG, kinematics, dynamometry, isokinetic, ergometry, spirometry, …)
  • Readiness to further education and qualification in the related area of responsibility

 

We offer:

  • Wide variety of possible assignments as well as interesting and challenging tasks in a university, which is rich in tradition but also innovative, modern and family friendly, being situated in a lively city at the Baltic Sea
  • Employment in accordance with the provisions of the public sector’s wage agreement (TV-L)
  • Full-time employment
  • Remuneration will be paid in accordance with remuneration group 10 TV-L/10 Ü if the personal and tariff prerequisites are satisfied

Further information:

The position is generally suitable for part-time work. If appropriate applications are submitted, it will be considered whether part-time employment can be permitted according to the public service law requirements.

The position is generally unlimited. As far as the legal possibility for a temporal limitation of the position according to § 14 Abs. 2 TzBfG is given, we keep open to make use of it.

The University of Rostock is committed to its university leadership guidelines.

Equal opportunity is an essential part of our human resources policy. In case of equal qualification, applications from severely disabled people or equivalent are explicitly welcome. The University of Rostock seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourages female applicants to apply for this position. We welcome applications from people of other nationalities or with a migration background.

On Request, the Personnel Council can be brought in. Please submit a formless application to your application documents.

We are looking forward to your application. Please send your informative documents until 22th of September with the email subject „Advertisement N 80/2019“ to bewerbungen.personal@uni-rostock.de. Only applications, which are send to this e-mail-address, in time and as one single pdf-document, will be included in the selection process. The protection of your personal data is very important to us. Therefore, your data collected as part of the application process are collected, processed and used in accordance with the relevant data protection rules. However, we point out that the transmission of your e-mail is carried out unencrypted.

Please note that the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania does not reimburse application and travel costs.

For further questions, please contact:
Institute of Sport Science
Prof. Dr. Sven Bruhn, E-Mail: sven.bruhn@uni-rostock.de

Administration
Beatrice Gutzmer, Tel. 0381/498-1277

Postanschrift:
Universität Rostock
Dezernat Personal- und Personalentwicklung D 18051 Rostock

PhD student in Biomimetics

The Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences (HSB) is characterized by the poles of tradition and innovation. Although its roots extend back more than two hundred years, our range of faculties is modern and uniquely oriented toward the future. The HSB is member of UAS7, a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences committed to excellence in teaching and research. Since its foundation in 2005 the Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre (B-I-C) at the HSB has been coordinating research activities in the fields of fundamental interdisciplinary research and development.

Currently the B-I-C is looking for an outstanding PhD candidate to conduct a highly interdisciplinary research project at the interface of biology, biomechanics and engineering. Research within the project will focus on the biomechanical and morphological analysis of skeletal structures with an initial emphasis on arthropod exoskeletons and echinoderm endoskeletons. One of the main goals of the project is the analysis, development and construction of bio-inspired joint structures for aerospace applications. The student will work closely together with Prof. Dr. Dirks (Biological Structures and Biomimetics) and Prof. Dr. Labisch (Biomechanics and Design). Parts of the project are in close collaboration with industrial partners, allowing the student to gain valuable first-hand experience in industrial research collaboration.

A suitable candidate will have a Master’s degree (or be close to completion) in either organismal biology, biomechanics, engineering or materials sciences. Experience in morphological characterization techniques (microCT, SEM, etc.), construction of custom-made experimental setups and mechanical materials testing is very helpful yet not required. The willingness to gain additional experience in in computational techniques (CAD, FEA and MBD) will be advantageous. A language proficiency level of at least B2 in either English or German is expected, basic knowledge of German will be helpful.

The preferred starting date is end of 2019 or early 2020. The position will be paid on a 65% TVöD 13 level and is limited to a maximum of three years after start. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please send your application including CV, a letter of motivation for a PhD project (one page) and contact details of two possible references via email to

Professor Dr. Jan-Henning Dirks, Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre, Hochschule Bremen, jan-henning.dirks@hs-bremen.de

PhD-Position: Non-linear μFE of Bone @ TU-Wien, Austria

PhD-Position: Non-linear μFE of Bone @ TU-Wien, Austria

The Vienna University of Technology is seeking an exceptional student for a PhD position at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Structural Biomechanics (Computational Biomechanics Group of Prof. Pahr) from 01.09.2019 for a period of 4 years, salary group B1, with an employment scale of 30 hours per week, to occupy. The minimum monthly salary is currently EUR 2,148.40 (14 times a year). Due to activity-related previous experience or involvement in third-party funded projects, the fee may increase.

PhD Topic

The PhD thesis builds on existing research in the field of non-linear micro FE in bone biomechanics (see http://www.eccm-ecfd2018.org/admin/files/filePaper/p1159.pdf) This simulation method should be applied in the field of bone biomechanics and orthopedic implants. Don’t hesitate to contact members of the research group at the ESB 2019in Vienna.

Requirements

Applicants must have a Master’s degree (diploma) in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Technical Physics, Medical Informatics or equivalent studies.

Furthermore, very good programming skills, preferably Python and C ++, mechanics, fundamentals of the finite element methods, German language skills (minimum level B2 according to CEFR) are required.

Other desired skills & interests: Biomechanical fundamentals, basic knowledge of medical image processing.  The willingness to cooperate in teaching and at the institute is expected as well as good knowledge of English, interest in scientific work.

Application deadline:until 18.07.2019 (date of postmark)

Applications should be sent to the Personnel Administration, Department of Human Resources of the Vienna University of Technology, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna. Online applications to rene.fuchs@tuwien.ac.at Applicants are not entitled to compensation for accrued travel and subsistence expenses incurred as a result of the admission procedure.

PhD-Position: FE Modelling of Knee Joints (Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin, Germany)

PhD-Position: FE Modelling of Knee Joints (Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin, Germany)

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to perform cutting edge science to improve patient care in a collaborative project of the Charité-Berlin and the ETH-Zürich, while working on a worldwide unique dataset that includes measurements of in vivo knee loading and kinematics. The research project “In vivo knee joint loading and kinematics – the interplay between movement and loading at the patello-femoral and tibio-femoral joints” aims to extend the understanding of the complex mechanical interactions in the knee joint by combining in vivo measurements with detailed computational modelling. The position entails the possibility to pursue a doctorate degree. The position is placed mainly in Berlin, a vibrant city that is very attractive to young people due its rich cultural life. Regular visits at the ETH-Zürich to combine the expertise in this collaborative project are also part of the position.

Your area of responsibility

  • Finite element modelling of the dynamic contact of a total knee
    prosthesis at the tibio-femoral and patello-femoral interfaces
  • Coupling of finite element models to musculoskeletal multibody
    models which provide boundary conditions, like forces and kinematics
  • Development of an automated pipeline to generate and simulate
    modified versions of a reference finite element model in a systematic
    process
  • Reconstruction of 3D joint kinematics from fluoroscopic image data
    using available tools and eventually extending them

Your profile

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or in a
    related field
  • Experience in finite element modeling, preferably of dynamic
    contact problems in Abaqus.
  • Preferably experience in automated generation of finite element
    models and the aggregation of the simulation results
  • Preferably experience in registration of medical image data and
    image processing
  • Ideally general purpose and scientific programming skills in a
    common language like: C++, Python, Matlab, R.
  • General interest in musculoskeletal biomechanics and mechanical
    simulation
  • Good English skills (oral and written)
  • Highly motivated, flexible, curious to learn and able to work
    independently

The tariff classification will be done according to the personal
conditions of salary group 13 (65 %) of the tariff TV-Charité. You can
find our collective agreements (Tarifverträge) here:
https://www.charite.de/en/careers/employer_charite/

The candidate should be able to begin his employment by early fall 2019.
The fixed-term work contract will expire with the end of the project on
July 31, 2022.

Interested candidates should submit a motivational letter, CV, academic
transcript and references by July 31, 2019. Applications should be sent
to Dr. Adam Trepczynski (adam.trepczynski@charite.de).

Dr. Adam Trepczynski
Julius Wolff Institute
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
https://jwi.charite.de/en

Post-doctoral/PhD position

Post-doctoral/PhD position in the Chair of Applied Dynamics

at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

The position is part of a DFG-funded project ‘A mechano-geometric framework to characterize macromolecular ensembles’ at the interface of robotics and structural bioinformatics in collaboration with the Biosciences Division at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, and the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.

Proteins perform an enormous variety of cellular functions on a broad range of spatio-temporal scales. Experimental and computational advances have increasingly enabled atomically detailed insights into their structure and dynamics. However, the molecular mechanisms of protein function, and how those mechanisms are perturbed by (disease) mutations and ligand interactions remain poorly understood. In this project we will develop and apply efficient robotics-inspired computational methods to resolve and study molecular mechanisms, with a view to redirect protein function. This is a unique opportunity to join a world-class interdisciplinary research team with financial support for frequent travel between FAU and sunny California.

The project focuses on aspects of

  • kinematic/geometric modeling of proteins/nucleic acids
  • optimized conformational sampling and motion planning/control
  • protein design, data-driven modeling, and machine learning
  • integrating crystallography, cryo-EM, and other data sources.
  • opportunities to gain bench experience

The ideal candidate has obtained a MS degree (PhD preferred) in a quantitative discipline, like engineering, computational (bio-)physics or chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, and an interest in structural biology. Proficiency in C++/Python, and fluency in English is required.

Representative publications:

Budday, Leyendecker, van den Bedem (2015) Geometric analysis characterizes molecular rigidity in generic and non-generic protein configurations. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 83:36-47

Budday, Leyendecker, van den Bedem (2018) Kinematic Flexibility Analysis: Hydrogen Bonding Patterns Impart a Spatial Hierarchy of Protein Motion. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 58:2108-2122

Dasgupta, Budday et al (2019) Cysteine modification can gate non-equilibrium conformational dynamics during enzyme catalysis. preprint at https://doi.org/10.1101/524751

 

For more information or to apply please contact:

Sigrid Leyendecker (sigrid.leyendecker@fau.de)

Henry van den Bedem (vdbedem@stanford.edu)

PhD Project / Research Engineer

PhD Project / Research Engineer

18634BR

GREAT BRITAIN – Exeter

Job Description and Requirements

Synopsys NE Ltd (https://www.synopsys.com/simpleware.html) invites applications for an Early Stage Researcher position (Doctoral Candidate) as part of the Rapid Biomechanics and Simulation for Personalized Clinical Design (RAINBOW) MCSA European Training Network. RAINBOW is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

The post holder will be employed on a fixed term (36-month contract) and be principally based at the Synopsys-Simpleware offices in Exeter UK but will also be enrolled as a full time graduate student at Cardiff University (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/) undertaking research towards a PhD degree award. The candidate will be expected to spend periods of time in Cardiff as well as with other partners in the consortium.

The post holder will develop numerical methods to simulate the deformations of soft-tissues in the context of computer-aided surgery. In particular, he/she will contribute to bridging the gap between advanced 3D imaging techniques and physics-based computer simulations in order to improve current capabilities in the area of computer-aided diagnostic and surgical planning. A thorough knowledge of software development is essential.

This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) position on a fixed term basis for a fixed-term of 36 months.

We offer a competitive salary for this position.

The closing date for this position has been extended to the 15th of October 2018. The original closing date was the 10th of September 2018.

Job description

Thanks to recent advances in medical imaging and computer tomography, medical surgery is undergoing a revolution. Surgeons have routinely access to 3D reconstructions of patient anatomy that help them perform diagnoses, plan their operations, and may even have access to real-time feedback during surgical operations. Within the RAINBOW MSCA network. The job holder will explore the processing of 3D image data to convert to Computer Aided Engineering Geometric Representations.

The Early Stage Researcher will carry out one or more of the following tasks throughout the project:

  1. Develop techniques for multi scale analysis of tissue structure from microstructure through to whole organ analysis. Bridging lengthscale.
  2. Develop techniques inverse modelling.

Other tasks you will carry out:

  • To write and maintain accurate records of the research being undertaken.
  • To prepare publications and research presentations with guidance and advice.
  • To communicate and present research results within the research group, at meetings, through research paper publications and other recognized avenues as appropriate.
  • To assist with the preparation of progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.
  • To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and ITN as required, including attending network training activities and participating in public outreach activities.
  • To provide technical advice in relation of the research and the techniques used to other staff members within the wider research team.
  • To take part in knowledge-transfer activities, including collaborative meetings with other research groups.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.
  • You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Eligibility

  • ITN rules for recruitment state that only early stage researchers (ESR) in the first 4 years of their career can be appointed. Therefore the applicant must not have been awarded a PhD and their research experience must total ≤ 4 years at date of recruitment (counted from the diploma/degree that gives the right to embark in a doctoral degree).
  • ESR recruitment is also subject to the mobility rule: the researcher must not have lived or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays (e.g. holidays) are not taken into account. Researchers can be of any nationality.
  • The ESR will ideally commence PhD enrolment / employment in September 2018. In order to enroll on a PhD at Cardiff University, the researcher will need to be able to provide evidence of English language ability. See http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements for details. The relevant certificate/qualification does not need to have been obtained at the time of applying for this job but must be obtained before a formal offer of employment can be made.

Requirements

Essential Criteria

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline – Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering.
  2. Proven experience in computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++, C#, Java).
  3. Proven excellent oral and written communication skills with well-developed interpersonal skills.
  4. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  5. A proven enthusiastic, self-motivated individual, willing to take part in personal skills training, international travel and public outreach activities.
  6. Experience of communicating to a variety of audiences through different media along with the ability to present confidently to academic and non-academic audiences at meetings and conferences.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to high quality research.

Desirable Criteria

  1. A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering.
  2. Experience in using or developing computer image processing tools (segmentation, registration).
  3. Experience in the reporting and management of project progress.
  4. Demonstrable experience/competence in dissemination of research findings.
  5. A creative, innovative, team-working attitude.

 

PhD Project / Research Engineer

PhD Project / Research Engineer

18446BR

GREAT BRITAIN – Exeter

Job Description and Requirements

Synopsys NE Ltd (https://www.synopsys.com/simpleware.html) invites applications for an Early Stage Researcher position (Doctoral Candidate) as part of the Rapid Biomechanics and Simulation for Personalized Clinical Design (RAINBOW) MCSA European Training Network. RAINBOW is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

The post holder will be employed on a fixed term (36-month contract) and be principally based at the Synopsys-Simpleware offices in Exeter UK but will also be enrolled as a full time graduate student at the University of Luxembourg (https://wwwen.uni.lu/) undertaking research towards a PhD degree award. The candidate will be expected to spend periods of time in Luxembourg as well as with other partners in the consortium.

The post holder will develop numerical methods to simulate the deformations of soft-tissues in the context of computer-aided surgery. In particular, he/she will contribute to bridging the gap between advanced 3D imaging techniques and physics-based computer simulations in order to improve current capabilities in the area of computer-aided diagnostic and surgical planning. A thorough knowledge of software development is essential.

This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) position on a fixed term basis for a fixed-term of 36 months.

We offer a competitive salary for this position.

​Applications for this position have been extended until the 15th of October 2018. Original closing date was the 10th of September 2018.

Job description

Thanks to recent advances in medical imaging and computer tomography, medical surgery is undergoing a revolution. Surgeons have routinely access to 3D reconstructions of patient anatomy that help them perform diagnoses, plan their operations, and may even have access to real-time feedback during surgical operations. Within the RAINBOW MSCA network. The job holder will explore the processing of 3D image data to convert to Computer Aided Engineering Geometric Representations.

The Early Stage Researcher will carry out one or more of the following tasks throughout the project:

  1. Develop techniques for the conversion of triangulated data into NURBS patches for the subsequent use of iso-geometric approaches. In particular focusing on generating conforming multipart models starting from image data.
  2. Statistical modelling- PCA.

Other tasks you will carry out:

  • To write and maintain accurate records of the research being undertaken.
  • To prepare publications and research presentations with guidance and advice.
  • To communicate and present research results within the research group, at meetings, through research paper publications and other recognized avenues as appropriate.
  • To assist with the preparation of progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.
  • To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and ITN as required, including attending network training activities and participating in public outreach activities.
  • To provide technical advice in relation of the research and the techniques used to other staff members within the wider research team.
  • To take part in knowledge-transfer activities, including collaborative meetings with other research groups.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.
  • You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Eligibility

  • ITN rules for recruitment state that only early stage researchers (ESR) in the first 4 years of their career can be appointed. Therefore the applicant must not have been awarded a PhD and their research experience must total ≤ 4 years at date of recruitment (counted from the diploma/degree that gives the right to embark in a doctoral degree).
  • ESR recruitment is also subject to the mobility rule: the researcher must not have lived or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays (e.g. holidays) are not taken into account. Researchers can be of any nationality.
  • The ESR will ideally commence PhD enrolment / employment in September 2018.

Requirements

Essential Criteria

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline – Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering.
  2. Proven experience in computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++, C#, Java).
  3. Proven excellent oral and written communication skills with well-developed interpersonal skills.
  4. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  5. A proven enthusiastic, self-motivated individual, willing to take part in personal skills training, international travel and public outreach activities.
  6. Experience of communicating to a variety of audiences through different media along with the ability to present confidently to academic and non-academic audiences at meetings and conferences.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to high quality research.

Desirable Criteria

  1. A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering.
  2. Experience in using or developing computer image processing tools (segmentation, registration).
  3. Experience in the reporting and management of project progress.
  4. Demonstrable experience/competence in dissemination of research findings.
  5. A creative, innovative, team-working attitude.

 

PhD fellowship

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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