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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Multiscale Mechanics of Mineralised Tissues

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Vacancy Details

Job Reference IRC27904
Closing Date 8 Aug 2020 23:00 (UK time)
Salary £32,817– £38,017 (Grade 7)
Location Edinburgh
Department Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering
Category Academic and Research
Status Full-time
Duration of Contract (months) 36 months
Informal enquiries by email to: Dr Uwe Wolfram at u.wolfram@hw.ac.uk
How to apply: https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/jobs/job_SVJDMjc5MDQ.htm

About our Team

We are excited to be able to recruit a postdoctoral research associate in the area of Multiscale Mechanics of Mineralised Tissues to the Biomechanics group at Heriot-Watt University. The selected candidate will join a multidisciplinary team to work on a Leverhulme Trust funded project seeking to understand rapid cold-water coral habitat loss in a future ocean. Specifically, we seek to understand how climate change induced ocean acidification and bioerosion affect the multiscale mechanical properties of cold-water coral reefs and how these effects may accelerate reef-habitat loss.

The selected candidate will be based at Heriot-Watt University joining a multidisciplinary team working on multiscale mechanics of biologic tissues and structures. This is a joint project with the Changing Oceans Group at the University of Edinburgh, which conducts incubation experiments on live and dead coral skeletons under projected future conditions. The selected candidate will benefit from co-supervision by Dr Sebastian Hennige of the Changing Oceans Group along with visiting scholar access to University of Edinburgh.

Detailed Description of Position

Ocean acidification threatens deep-sea coral reefs and could lead to dramatic and rapid loss of the habitat they make. Here we combine biology and engineering approaches to quantify the risk and time scales of such habitat loss. Increases in porosity and loss of skeletal material in structurally critical parts of the coral reef foundation could lead to physical habitat collapse on an ecosystem scale, reducing its potential to support associated biodiversity. Our unique interdisciplinary approach will identify the timescales and conditions such ‘tipping points’ would occur within, to allow more effective future management of these vulnerable ecosystems.

To do so, we seek to (i) quantify skeletal dissolution rates under different future oceanic conditions (primarily delivered by University of Edinburgh); (ii) develop a simulation framework that allows quantification of failure rates of coral skeletons; (iii) use results from (i) and (ii) to scale up to larger reef-type structures and estimate tipping points of habitat loss. The successful candidate will also develop and conduct characterisation and validation experiments based on extensive expertise in multiscale experimentation. The successful candidate will work closely with our collaborators (with regular joint meetings) to link results of (ii) and (iii) to the marine-biological aspects (i). The successful candidate will also work with our partners within JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce) to foster dissemination along the policy making route. This is an exciting new project with scope to contribute significantly to tackling some of the most pressing global challenges.

The successful candidate will make use of our excellent facilities including dedicated biomedical tissue laboratories, and cutting-edge equipment including a broad suite of tissue processing equipment, mechanical testing equipment, imaging equipment (micro-CT, microscopy and optical coherence tomography) and a dedicated node on a high-performance cluster for computation.

We are looking for someone who is ambitious and collaborative, with a passion for developing solution for pressing global challenges.  The post will be for 36 months.  There may be the opportunity for the post holder to develop their own fellowship applications during this post, with support from the PI.

The successful candidate will work in two departments that have an international reputation for engineering, strong expertise in biomedical engineering as well as marine biology, and world-class equipment and facilities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

  • Plan and execute work plans to progress investigations into the multiscale mechanical behaviour from ‘crystal building block to reef’
  • Lead and contribute to research dissemination (i.e. papers and conference attendance)
  • Work closely with the PI and collaborators to analyse, interpret, and present experimental and modelling data
  • Work closely with other postdoctoral associates, PhD students and collaborators to ensure smooth research team function
  • Participate actively in group meetings
  • Take a leadership role to ensure the effective running of computational analyses.
  • Participate in outreach activities, which may involve talks for the general public, attendance at science festivals or and preparation of demonstrators.
  • Participate in advisory meetings with Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), which may involve talks to executive decision makers
  • Responsibilities will also include assistance in the day-to-day running of the simulations and computational analyses using own servers as well as HWUs HPC cluster, liaising with companies and external collaborators.
  • Contribute, under supervision, to the planning of research projects, including the development of new grant/contract proposals.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post.  Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Education, Qualifications and Experience

this will form the basis of your selection criteria and shortlisting. Please use the examples below and delete /add as appropriate.

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants should a PhD in biomedical engineering, physics, material science, or a related subject (Applicants should have submitted their PhD thesis first draft by the start date.) broadly in one of the following areas:
    • Multiscale constitutive modelling (ideally but not necessarily biologic hard or soft tissues)
    • Multiscale mechanics of materials (mathematically, experimentally, or theoretically)
    • Image based multiscale computational modelling
  • Experience of programming and simulation
  • Working with image data (key word: imaged based modelling)
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment/team and openness to dive into a novel research field in biomechanics
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A record of high quality, peer-reviewed publications and evidence of contribution to the writing of these publications proportionate to opportunity.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for dissemination, outreach, and public engagement activities.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in conducting validation and material characterisation experiments (nanoindentation, micropillar testing, macroscopic testing, or similar)
  • Experience in using/developing artificial neural network approaches
  • Experience of research-student supervision.

When applying, please include a cover letter addressing these selection criteria.

The intention is to hold the interviews towards the end of week commencing 17/8/2020.

Job Share

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

While this is a full-time post, flexible percentage working regimes may be possible for the right candidate.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/ Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (m/w/d)

Als Spitzenverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften und der Unfallversicherungsträger der öffentlichen Hand vertreten wir deren gemeinsame Interessen. Unsere Mitglieder erfüllen wichtige soziale Grundaufgaben: Sie setzen sich für sichere und gesunde Arbeitsplätze und Schulen ein. Nach Unfällen und Berufskrankheiten koordinieren und gewährleisten sie die medizinische Rehabilitation und die berufliche und soziale Wiedereingliederung.

In der Stabsstelle Gestaltung neuer Arbeitsformen des Instituts für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IFA) am Standort Sankt Augustin ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt folgende Stelle zu besetzen:

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (m/w/d)

In Teilzeit mit 19,5 Stunden/Woche. Die Stelle ist befristet auf drei Jahre.

Ihre Aufgaben:

  • Mitarbeit in einem wissenschaftlichen Projekt im Themengebiet „Muskel-Skelett-Belastung”, insbesondere
    • Durchführung ergonomischer Arbeitsplatzanalysen und Messungen zu muskuloskelettaler Expositionen
    • Untersuchung und Weiterentwicklung von mobilen Bewegungserfassungssystemen
    • Softwarebasierte Implementierung von Bewertungsverfahren
  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeit in den Themenfeldern Biomechanik, Muskel-Skelett-Belastung und Ergonomie
  • Veröffentlichungen in nationalen und internationalen Fachzeitschriften und DGUV-Schriften
  • Betreuung von Studienarbeiten inklusive Themenstellung
  • Vorträge auf nationalen und internationalen Tagungen und Konferenzen

Unsere Anforderungen an Sie:

abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium (Master oder Diplom) der Fachrichtung Informatik, Medizintechnik, Sportwissenschaft, Arbeitswissenschaft, Naturwissenschaften oder gleichwertige Kenntnisse und Erfahrungen; Erfahrungen in Programmierung, Biomechanik und Ergonomie; gute englische Sprachkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift


Die Stelle ist nach Entgeltgruppe 13 BG-AT (entsprechend TVöD) bewertet. Kann das Aufgabengebiet aufgrund fehlender persönlicher Voraussetzungen von dem künftigen Stelleninhaber/der künftigen Stelleninhaberin (m/w/d) in noch nicht vollumfänglich oder auf dem vorgesehenen Niveau wahrgenommen werden, erfolgt die Eingruppierung bis zur Erfüllung aller persönlichen und tariflichen Anforderungen in einer entsprechend niedrigeren Entgeltgruppe.

Schwerbehinderte Bewerber/Bewerberinnen (m/w/d) werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre aussagekräftigen Bewerbungsunterlagen unter Angabe der Kennziffer 22-303 bis zum 14. Mai 2020.

UniversitätsassistentIn (Prae Doc)

Die Medizinische Universität Graz ist eine junge Organisation mit traditionsreichen Wurzeln, die sich an den Werten einer nachhaltigen und umfassenden Gesundheitsversorgung orientiert. Rund 2.100 MitarbeiterInnen arbeiten in Forschung, Lehre und PatientInnenbetreuung. Folgende attraktive und anspruchsvolle Position wird besetzt:

UniversitätsassistentIn (Prae Doc)

Kennung LS-ANAT-2020-000637
Gottfried Schatz Forschungszentrum (für zelluläre Signaltransduktion, Stoffwechsel und Altern) Lehrstuhl für makroskopische und klinische Anatomie Beschäftigungsausmaß 100%
befristet auf 4 Jahre

Ihre Aufgaben in dieser Position beinhalten:

  • Wissenschaftliche Tätigkeit auf dem Gebiet der klinischen und angewandten Anatomie und Biomechanik humaner Gewebe
  • Universitäre Lehre und Betreuung von Studierenden im Rahmen des Diplomstudiums Humanmedizin und im Rahmen der Doktoratsstudien
  • Berufsbegleitendes Doktoratsstudium

Für diese vielseitige Position bringen Sie folgende Qualifikationen und Kenntnisse mit:

  • Abgeschlossenes Master- oder Diplomstudium, bevorzugt im Bereich der Humanmedizin, Biologie, oder vergleichbares Studium der Lebenswissenschaften
  • Umfassende Kenntnisse im Fach Anatomie
  • Erfahrung in der Durchführung wissenschaftlicher Projekte im Bereich der Anatomie und/oderBiomechanik
  • Lehrerfahrung im Fachgebiet Anatomie (Vorlesungen, Seminaren sowie Praktika dermikroskopischen (Histologiekurs) und makroskopischen Anatomie (Präparierkurs)
  • Sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse (Sprachniveau C1)

Idealerweise zählen zu Ihrem Profil:

  • Erfahrung in der Konzeption und Umsetzung neuer Lehrveranstaltungen/innovativer Lehrmethoden
  • Freude an selbstständiger wissenschaftlicher Arbeit
  • Kommunikations- und Teamfähigkeit
  • Hohes Maß an Eigenverantwortung
  • Flexibilität und Bereitschaft zu Mehrleistungen

Einstufung in die Verwendungsgruppe B1 nach Kollektivvertrag für ArbeitnehmerInnen der Universitäten. Für die Position ist ein kollektivvertragliches Bruttogehalt (auf Basis Vollzeitbeschäftigung) von EUR 2.929,00 (14x jährlich) vorgesehen. Das Bruttogehalt kann sich gegebenenfalls auf Basis der kollektivvertraglichen Vorschriften durch die Anrechnung tätigkeitsspezifischer Vorerfahrungen bzw. zuzüglich allfälliger, den Besonderheiten des Arbeitsplatzes entsprechender, Zulagen erhöhen.

Wir bieten Ihnen ein offenes und freundliches Arbeitsumfeld, eine verantwortungsvolle Tätigkeit in einem engagierten Team und ein herausforderndes Aufgabengebiet. Ein umfassendes Weiterbildungsangebot eröffnet Ihnen langfristige persönliche Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten.

Die Med Uni Graz ist bemüht, Menschen mit Behinderung in allen Bereichen einzustellen, daher werden Personen mit ausschreibungsadäquater Qualifikation besonders ermutigt, sich zu bewerben.

Übermitteln Sie uns Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen bitte innerhalb der angegebenen Bewerbungsfrist über unser Online-Portal. Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am 14. Mai 2020.

PhD Student Position in Shoulder Biomechanics of Rotator Cuff

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

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

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

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

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

Your duties and responsibilities include:

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

Your profile

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

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

Do you have any further questions about this position?

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

Are you interested?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Your tasks

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

Your profile

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

What we provide

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

Application / Contact

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