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PhD Position – Machine learning for improvement of control strategies for lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics

The Department for Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany) is currently recruiting one doctoral fellow position.

The post holder’s key responsibilities will be the development of computational models for the synthesis of human motor skills into advanced orthotic and prosthetic technologies for the lower extremities. In addition s/he will use machine learning for improvement of control strategies for lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics. This includes biomedical data acquisition, analysis and validation (in Opensim and Matlab) and development and implementation of machine learning algorithms.

The post holder will be enrolled at the University Medical Center Göttingen and work within the Department for Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery (Applied Surgical and Rehabilitation Technology Lab: http://www.neurorehabilitation-systems.de/1000/home/). The position belongs to the INOPRO project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This research consortium of 11 academic and industry partners aims at using novel mechanisms and strategies to design more intelligent prostheses and orthoses.

This position (TVL, 50%) is immediately available pending formal administrative approval and initially limited to 3 years.

The candidate must hold a master’s or an equivalent degree in Computer Engineering (with emphasis on machine learning), Biomechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, with previous highly relevant experience in the area of biomechanical modeling, musculoskeletal modeling and simulation and machine learning with application to wearable assistive technologies. Candidates must have advanced programming skills in MATLAB and Opensim. Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential.

This job represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual with a team-oriented spirit and a high level of intellectual and scientific competence.

Please send via email a fully detailed resume including a letter of motivation, CV, university transcripts, publications and contact information of two professional references in a single PDF-file. Qualified candidates will be contacted upon arrival of their resumes.

Resumes should be sent to: mahdy.eslamy@med.uni-goettingen.de

University Assistant in Biomechanics and Proteomics

Open Position for a University Assistant in Biomechanics and Proteomics

Description

The Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB) of TU Wien invites applications for the position of a University Assistant in the area of biomechanics and protein analysis. The mechanics of biological tissue are closely related to their hierarchical structure and composition. For example the absence of certain noncollagenous proteins in bone has been shown to be deleterious for fracture toughness. Similarly, the presence of sugar-mediated cross-links in collagen within bone as well as in musculoskeletal soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments is thought to alter their material properties. The candidate sought for this position will work at the cross-roads of tissue composition and mechanics, whereby the compositional aspects will be investigated via mass-spectrometry methods under supervision of Prof. M. Marchetti-Deschmann of the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics of TU Wien. A special focus will be on the compositional aspects of the enthesis (the tendon-to-bone-junction) as well as on tendon and isolated individual collagen fibrils. Mechanical tests will be conducted mostly with via atomic force microscopy in the Interfacultary Laboratory for Nano- and Micromechanics of Biological and Biomimetical Materials, employing where the ILSB is a major stakeholder. In addition to conducting research towards a PhD degree the post will also entail participation in administrative tasks and teaching activities at the ILSB.

Qualifications

We are looking for an individual with a completed MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Physics or a related discipline. Skills and knowledge in biomechanics, biochemistry, chemical analysis will be advantageous. Further, German language skills (native speaker or level B2 according to CEFR) are required.

Further information

For informal discussions contact Professor Philipp Thurner, pthurner@ilsb.tuwien.ac.at

How to apply

Send applications to rene.fuchs@tuwien.ac.at no later than March 9th 2018

Research Scientist

The Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Technische Universität Chemnitz, is offering a full-time position (contingent on funding availability) at the earliest possible opportunity for a

Scientist
(Computer Science, Sensory Analysis, Cognitive Science or a Similar Degree)
(100%, E 13 TV-L)

for a fixed term of 1.5 years with the possibility for extension.

Work environment:

The Center for Sensing and Cognition combines research expertise in the area of humans and technology across disciplinary boundaries. The advertised position is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within the project “See it, hear it, feel it: Human exploration of nanomechanical surface properties”. The project aims at developing an interactive multisensory display that makes nanomechanical surface properties accessible to the human senses of vision, hearing, and touch. The key idea is to use human sensory and cognitive processes to better explore the nanometer-scale data than is possible with conventional data analysis approaches. The involved labs, led by Prof. Robert Magerle (Chemical Physics) and Prof.  Alexandra Bendixen (Structure and Function of Cognitive Systems), offer an interdisciplinary work environment at the intersection of experimental physics and cognitive sciences, with state-of-the-art equipment (atomic force microscopy, devices for haptic, acoustic, and visual display, sound-attenuated measurement rooms, and ample computational resources). A detailed description of the project is available at https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/CHEMPHYS/MultisensoryDisplay.php.en. We offer the opportunity for you to shape this fundamentally new project with your ideas and solutions.

Tasks:

The primary task is to perform research and development in the area of interactive multisensory displays (combination of haptic interface, sonification, and 3D visualization). This comprises the following activities:

  • developing software for interactive multisensory displays: conceiving theoretically and empirically driven design principles and implementing them in computational terms
  • designing, implementing, and analyzing empirical studies for testing the suitability of specific multisensory-display properties
  • supervising students during programming tasks as well as during their empirical studies within the framework of the project
  • publishing the research results in scientific journals

Your research results will allow you to publish scientific journal articles, thereby improving your qualifications and promoting your further scientific development.

Employment requirements:

  • above-average academic university degree in computer science, sensory analysis, cognitive science, or a related discipline
  • documented research or development experience in at least one of the following fields:
  • virtual reality, 3D visualization, haptic interfaces, and sonification
  • experience in hardware synchronization and real-time computing is preferred
  • sound programming skills in C++
  • skills in script languages (Python, MATLAB) are preferred
  • basic knowledge in GUI development, usability, or a related area
  • good command of written and spoken English
  • knowledge of German is preferred
  • interdisciplinary thinking, creativity, and an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • commitment, reliability, and the ability to perform research both in a team and independently
  • motivation to collaborate with students within the framework of the project
  • experience in the design, implementation, and statistical analysis of empirical investigations is preferred.

The application documents must include a complete CV, a list of publications, a letter stating the applicant’s motivation to apply for the specific position, and copies of transcripts and all academic certificates. The application documents should be sent as single PDF file to nanosense@tu-chemnitz.de no later than January 31, 2018. The subject line must include the keyword NANOSENSE2018.

For further information, please contact Prof. Robert Magerle (Tel. +49-371-531-38033, https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/CHEMPHYS) or Prof. Alexandra Bendixen (Tel. +49-371-531-31681, https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/SFKS).

Remarks:

Selection will be based on aptitude, qualification, and professional performance. Chemnitz University of Technology aims to particularly support women and therefore explicitly asks for applications from qualified female candidates. Severely disabled persons or those with an equivalent status will be considered preferentially in accordance with SGB IX. The workplace is suitable for part-time work. In the case of corresponding applications, the possibility of part-time work within the scope of the employment will be examined upon request of the applicant. The fixed-term position for 18 months follows the Act of Temporary Employment in Higher Education (WissZeitVG) and the Saxon Law on Universities (SächsHSFG). Applicants must fulfill the preconditions of employment according to §71 SächsHSFG and must possess an academic university degree that allows access to the corresponding qualification level. Do not send original documents, since applications will not be sent back but discarded according to data handling regulations. Please note that for security reasons, electronic applications or attachments provided for download via hyperlinks to third-party sites cannot be considered.

Research Engineer

The Orthopaedic Department at the University of Tübingen, Germany is currently seeking candidates for a full-time position as a

Research Engineer

Remuneration is according to TV-L 13 for 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

The post holder will work in the Orthopaedics Biomechanics lab, which is equipped with an MTS 858 machine, a Kuka KR60 robot, and a customised knee simulator. The main research focus of the lab is in the biomechanical evaluation of artificial and normal joints in the spine and lower limb.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop test protocols to answer basic science and clinical questions in orthopaedicsbiomechanics research, in cooperation with surgeons, engineers and students.
  • Conduct biomechanical testing of orthopaedic implants, surgical techniques, etc.
  • Perform measurements, and statistical analysis of data.
  • Preparation of abstracts, manuscripts and grants.

Min Qualifications:

  • a relevant Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent.
  • excellent programming skills (e.g. Matlab, LabView), and/or expected to acquireknowledge in robotic programming.
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • ability to work independently and in a team.
  • an excellent command of written and spoken English.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • previous experience in solving orthopaedic problems that combine simulation andexperiments.
  • previous record of high-quality research.
  • experience working with a Kuka KR60 robot.
  • some knowledge of German or willingness to learn German.

Interested candidates should send their application with (1) cover letter, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of research objectives/interests, and (4) the names and contacts of two professional references, via email in one combined pdf-format to:

Prof. Nikolaus Wuelker (niko.wuelker@med.uni-tuebingen.de) Dr. Sook-Yee Chong (sook-yee.chong@med.uni-tuebingen.de)

Klinik für Orthopädie Universitätsklinikum Tübingen Hoppe-Seyler-Straße 3
72076 Tübingen

PhD Student in the field of Biomechanics

Empa – the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

Our Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures is looking for a

PhD Student in the field of Biomechanics

Your Tasks

You will work on a project funded by the Special Focus Area Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT) of the ETH Domain. The research will contribute to understanding the effect of aging and disease on the composition and multiscale mechanical properties of bone and its impact on whole bone strength. You will be enrolled in a doctoral program in Biomedical Engineering at University of Bern and investigate properties of human bone biopsies in collaboration with clinical partners. During the course of the project, you will be involved in sample preparation, micromechanical experiments under physiological conditions, Raman spectroscopy, proteome analysis, as well as in-depth statistical data analysis.

The project is initiated in cooperation with Prof. Philippe Zysset of the Institute of Surgical Technology and Biomechanics of the University of Bern. Further project partners are situated at the Inselspital of the University of Bern as well as ETH Zürich.

Your Profile

You must hold a Master’s or an equivalent Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or Materials Science. A high motivation to work at the leading edge of biomedical research in an international, multidisciplinary team is essential. Good knowledge of English (oral and written) is very important and knowledge of German would be an advantage. Experience in biomedical research, nanomechanical testing, as well as programming (e.g. Python, Matlab) is desirable.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik jakob.schwiedrzik@empa.ch or Dr. Johann Michler johann.michler@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s206 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcript and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage https://apply.refline.ch/673276/0889/pub/1/index.html. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, Jolanda Müller, Human Resources, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

PhD Student in the field of Biomechanics

Empa – the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

Our Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures is looking for a

PhD Student in the field of Biomechanics

Your Tasks

You will work on a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation that will contribute to the understanding of deformation and failure of bone on the microscale and its impact on whole bone strength. You will be enrolled in a doctoral program at ETH Zürich and exploit the micromechanical yield- and postyield properties of bone on the level of the extracellular matrix. During the course of the project, you will be involved in sample preparation, micromechanical experiments at different environmental conditions, electron microscopic imaging, Raman spectroscopy, as well as data analysis and interpretation.

The project is initiated in cooperation with Prof. Edoardo Mazza of the Institute of Mechanical Systems of ETH Zürich.

Your Profile

You must hold a Master’s or an equivalent Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science. A high motivation to work at the leading edge of measurement science and to work in international, multidisciplinary research teams is essential. Knowledge of English (oral and written) is important and knowledge of German would be an advantage. Experience in nanomechanical testing techniques like nanoindentation, electron microscopy based techniques as well as programming (e.g. Matlab, Labview, Python) is desirable.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik, jakob.schwiedrzik@empa.ch or Dr. Johann Michler, johann.Michler@empa.ch and visit our website www.empa.ch/web/s206 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcript and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage https://apply.refline.ch/673276/0889/pub/1/index.html. Applications via email will not be considered.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Department of Anatomy
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic researcher and teacher to join a growing and highly committed group of clinical anatomy researchers and teachers in a large, diverse and research-oriented Department. We are seeking candidates with energy and vision to pursue and engage in new opportunities in the area of clinical anatomy as

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

The Role

In this role, you will be required to:

  • Undertake world-leading research, preferentially in clinical anatomy, developing/building a strong portfolio of publications and grant successes; and
  • contribute to the development and delivery of clinical anatomy teaching programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels to Health Science (medical, dental and physiotherapy) and Science students.

The Department offers:

  • a world-class working environment in a top-ranked University, and an Anatomy Department ranked 24th in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject;
  • interdisciplinary programmes encompassing clinical anatomy, biological anthropology, neuroscience, and reproduction, genomics and development;
  • excellent support in teaching and research;

Your Skills and Experience

We seek an appointee who:

  • is committed to excellence in research and has proven research ability/excellence within their field of research; and
  • is committed to excellence in research-led teaching and has proven clinical anatomy teaching ability especially within undergraduate and/or postgraduate medical programmes.

Applicants for appointment as a Senior Lecturer will have an on-going and active independent research programme with funding success; applicants for appointment as a Lecturer will have the potential to develop such a programme

Applicants will hold a PhD or equivalent qualification e.g. Doctor of Medicine (MD); Master of Surgery; a professional clinical qualification would be advantageous.

Further Details

The University of Otago is an EEO employer committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and to equity.

The Department of Anatomy and School of Biomedical Sciences aspire to be the research and educational partner of choice for Maori and Pacific communities.

The salary range for a non-medical/dental Lecturer is $78,445 to $NZD93,821 per annum, and for Senior Lecturer is $NZD98,682 to $NZD113,519 per annum.

The salary range for a medical/dental qualified Lecturer is $NZD79,500 to $NZD98,711 per annum, and for Senior Lecturer is $NZD123,124 to $NZD155,144 per annum.

Initial appointment will be made at an appropriate step in these ranges based on qualifications and experience.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Neil Gemmell, Head of Department, Department of Anatomy, via the contact details below.

How to apply

To submit your application please follow this link:

https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1701405

Applications quoting reference number 1701405 will close on Sunday, 20 August 2017.

The Department’s homepage address is http://www.otago.ac.nz/Anatomy

The Clinical Anatomy Research Group’s homepage is http://www.otago.ac.nz/anatomy/research/clinical-anatomy/

Tel + 64 3 479 6373, Fax + 64 3 479 7254, Email hod@anatomy.otago.ac.nz

Zwei wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter / Mitarbeiterinnen

Das Zentrum für Orthopädie, Unfallchirurgie und Paraplegiologie am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg sucht zur Verstärkung seines Teams im Bereich Bewegungsanalytik ab sofort

zwei wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter / Mitarbeiterinnen: 1 Post-Doc-Stelle (100%) 1 Promotionsstelle (50%)

Die Stellen sind durch Drittmittel finanziert und deshalb zunächst auf zwei Jahre befristet. Eine Verlängerung wird angestrebt.

Der Bereich Bewegungsanalytik verfügt über zwei Labore, in denen instrumentelle 3D-Gang- und Bewegungsanalysen für Klinik und Forschung durchgeführt werden. Im traditionellen Ganglabor steht die Therapieplanung und -kontrolle von Patienten mit neurologisch und orthopädisch bedingten Gangstörungen im Vordergrund. Das zweite als Parcours angelegte Bewegungslabor dient primär der Erforschung und Funktionsdokumentation des Prothesen- gangs von Patienten nach Beinamputation.

Im Rahmen eines DFG-Projekts ist ein instrumentierter Prothesenschaft mit integrierten Sensoren und dynamischem Ultraschall zu entwickeln und bei Patienten mit Oberschenkelamputation einzusetzen. Ihr Gangbild soll mit einem 3D-Bewegungs- analysesystem beobachtet und über ein zu entwickelndes Mensch-Modell mit Beinprothese wirklichkeitsnah die Rückwirkung der Prothese auf den Nutzer sowie dessen Kontrolle der Prothese beschrieben werden.

Von den Stellenbewerbern oder Stellenbewerberinnen erwarten wir ein abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium mit mindestens Master-Abschluss bzw. Promotion im Informatik-, natur-, ingenieur- oder sportwissenschaftlichen sowie medizintechnischen Bereich. Kenntnisse in der Bildverarbeitung oder in den Bewegungswissenschaften sowie im Umgang mit gängiger Datenverarbeitungssoftware werden erwartet. Experimentelle Vorerfahrungen mit Ultraschall-Bildgebung, bzw. -verarbeitung, Elektromyografie und Druckmessungen sowie Kenntnisse im Umgang mit der Modellier-Software OpenSim sind von Vorteil.

Über die eigene Projekttätigkeit hinaus erwarten wir Interesse und aktive Teilnahme auch an anderen wissenschaftlichen Studien der Arbeitsgruppe und dem klinik-orientierten Diskurs in einem interdisziplinären Team von Ärzten, Naturwissenschaftlern, Therapeuten und Orthopädietechnikern.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit Anschreiben, Lebenslauf und Zeugniskopien bevorzugt in elektronischer Form bis zum 23.04.2017 an:

PD Dr. Sebastian Wolf
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Zentrum für Orthopädie, Unfallchirurgie und Paraplegiologie Schlierbacher Landstr. 200a
D-69118 Heidelberg
Sebastian.Wolf@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Wir stehen für Chancengleichheit. Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung vorrangig eingestellt.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Biomechanical Modeling for Lower Limb Orthotic and Prosthetic Technologies

Salary according to TV-L (initially limited to 3 year, with the possibility of being extended two more years, full-time)

The post holder will work within the Clinics for Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University Medical Center Göttingen (http://cuop-umg.de) and will be hired as part of the newly started BMBF INOPRO project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project is coordinated by OttoBock HealthCare GmbH, world-leading company in orthotic technologies and includes a research consortium of 11 academic and industry partners. For more information please visit this link.

The candidate should hold a master’s degree in biomedical or mechanical engineering or an equivalent degree and a PhD degree or equivalent qualification (at least one year of research experience) in the area of biomechanical modeling with experience in musculoskeletal modeling and simulation and application to wearable assistive technologies including lower limb orthoses and prostheses.

The successful applicant will have accomplished work involving one or more of the following areas: musculoskeletal modeling and simulation, model-based synthesis of bipedal locomotion, identification of muscular/articular impedance, locomotion neuromechanics and energetics, motor learning, and system identification and control.

One of the post holder’s key responsibilities will be the development of computational model-based approaches for the synthesis of human motor skills into advanced orthotic and prosthetic technologies. Candidates must have good programming knowledge including C/C++, Python, and MATLAB programming/scripting packages.

The successful post holder will work towards the following tasks:

  • Developing computational frameworks for musculoskeletal modeling and simulation.
  • Translating insights from musculoskeletal modeling into biologically inspired control systems for wearable technologies.

Previous experience in a scientific environment will be a great advantage. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. This job represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual with a team-oriented spirit and a high level of intellectual and scientific competence. Please send via email a (1) cover letter, clearly stating qualifications for the position, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of research objectives/interests, and (4) the names of three professional references.

Please apply until 10.March.2017 to: Carmen Modrok, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Klinik für Unfallchirurgie, Orthopädie und Plastische Chirurgie, Von-Siebold-Str. 6 37075 Göttingen Tel.: +49 (0)551 / 39-20101 Fax: +49 (0)551 / 39-20110 E-Mail: carmen.modrok@bccn.uni-goettingen.de

For more information regarding the position please refer to:

Women are especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

PhD Student in the field of Gait Analysis

The Gait Laboratory of the Orthopaedic Hospital for Children Aschau Germany invites applications for a

PhD position in the fields of motion analysis / clinical biomechanics

The successful applicant should possess a Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences, Sports Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related discipline with a talent to work with children. Preliminary experience in 3D gait analysis, and MatLab programming would be helpful.

The PhD position will focus on neuro-musculoskeletal impairments in children and their functional implications on gait.

The position is funded by the Behandlungszentrum Aschau GmbH. The position will be available from 1st April 2017 and will start with a 2 years contract. Extension is subject to satisfactory progress. Salary will be offered half-time, according to federal regulation (TVL) depending on level of qualification.

The paediatric orthopaedic hospital in Aschau is Germany’s largest orthopaedic hospital for children; clinical director is Dr. Leonhard Doederlein. Aschau is located 1h South-east from Munich close to the Bavarian Alps. Co-supervision will be in collaboration with the University of Technology Munich, other suitable collaborations are welcome.

Please submit your application until 12.3.2017 together with a curriculum vitae, publications or thesis work and contact information of two references to h.boehm@bz-aschau.de.
Dr. Harald Böhm
Director Gait-Laboratory
Orthopaedic Hospital for Children
Behandlungszentrum Aschau GmbH, nonprofit Organisation
Bernauerstr. 18
83229 Aschau i. Chiemgau, Germany