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) ( ) and the Laboratory Roberval ( FRE-CRNS 2012) ( ) at the University of Technology of Compiegne (France) ( ) 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

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 ( and prof. Zoheir Aboura (

The selected candidate will then be contacted by beginning June to prepare an application at the doctoral programme university of technology of Compiegne ( 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.


6 PhD Positions

MSCA EU-funded European Industrial Doctorate “SPINe: Numerical and Experimental Repair strategies (SPINNER)”

In the framework of the MSCA EU-funded European Industrial Doctorate “SPINe: Numerical and Experimental Repair strategies (SPINNER)” we are recruiting a total of six international PhD students.

Please see the project website for specific details on the consortium:

The individual positions/projects available are advertised here:

The call is open and selections will take place in May, to start in November 2018.


PhD Position

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: 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:

University Assistant in Biomechanics and Proteomics

Open Position for a University Assistant in Biomechanics and Proteomics


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.


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,

How to apply

Send applications to no later than March 9th 2018

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CMBBE 2018 – Lisbon (26-29.03.2018)

15th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering and the 3rd Conference on Imaging and Visualization
26-29 März 2018
Instituto Superior Técnico • LISBON • PORTUGAL

8th WCB – Dublin (08-12.07.2018)

Ireland Welcomes You to the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland. The Congress will take place from 8 – 12 July 2018 in the Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland’s purpose built international conference and event venue situated in the very heart of Dublin city.

The World Congress of Biomechanics is held once every 4 years and is the premier meeting worldwide in its field. Many of the main international biomechanics societies will fold their 2018 annual meetings into the 2018 World Congress, hence you can expect to meet many of your colleagues in Dublin…. read in full

We look forward to meeting you in Dublin in 2018 for a truly memorable World Congress of Biomechanics.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel J. Kelly & Fergal J. O’Brien, Co-chairs WCB 2018

GRC Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering (05.-10.08.2018 )

Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering
05.-10.08.2018 in Andover, NH, USA

More information here – Flyer

BMT – DGBMT Conference

BMT 2018, the 52th annual conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering – Aachen

The board of directors of the Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen University will be the host of the BMT 2018, the 52th annual conference of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT within VDE).

The mission of the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University is interdisciplinary basic research and development of personalised biomedical engineering solutions. The common objective of all initiated projects, activities and tasks is to create innovation for a better health care.

The conference topics will cover the entire field of Biomedical Engineering, as it is represented by the plurality of DGBMT expert committees. Special emphasis is put on the following topics:
• Biohybrid Medical Systems
• Cyber Medical Systems
• Patient Specific Model Guided Therapy
• Imaging
• Clinical Translation

Physicians, engineers and natural scientists are welcome to conduct an intensive dialogue on the exciting scientific achievements and to discover the best ways for translation from science to practice. Interdisciplinary communication, socializing and brainstorming are long standing traditions of these conferences.

We look forward to seeing you at the BMT 2018 in Aachen.

More Information

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

(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 We offer the opportunity for you to shape this fundamentally new project with your ideas and solutions.


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 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, or Prof. Alexandra Bendixen (Tel. +49-371-531-31681,


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.