Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

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

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

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

This position is part of a greater recruitment initiative and more information, including salary scale, can be found here .

Posdoc position

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

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

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

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

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

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

PhD Position


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

Location: University of Technology of Compiegne (France)

PhD Position is open in collaboration with the research unit Biomechanics and Bioengineering (UMR-CNRS 7338) ( ) 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

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