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PhD position in Biomedical Engineering

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The Clinic of Internal Medicine 3 – Rheumatology & Immunology, University Hospital and Friedrich- Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in Germany invites applications for a PhD position in Biomedical Engineering:

“Movement Patterns in Hand Motion from Empathokinesthetic Sensor Data as a Diagnostic Parameter for Disease Activity in Patients with Rheumatic Disease” D01


The planned research is embedded in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1483 EmpkinS. With 19 exciting scientific subprojects, 24 highly interdisciplinary principal investigators, and about 30 newly hired researchers working within the SFB, EmpkinS will provide a research environment that will create visibility globally. The doctoral candidate will analyze methods to detect relevant patterns in hand movement from motion capture and empathokinesthetic sensor data and relate sensor outcomes with clinical data.


We are looking for a motivated and creative doctoral candidate, capable of working in an interdisciplinary team, with an above-average master or comparable university qualification in medical engineering, sport/movement science, sports technology, biotechnology, computer science or similar fields. Experience in motion capture methods is highly appreciated. The candidate must have a strong knowledge of biomechanics/mechanics, numerical methods, biostatistics and programming skills as well as a general understanding of musculoskeletal function.

Work Environment:

Research in the Internal Medicine 3 of the University Hospital Erlangen is in the field of Rheumatology and Immunology and encompasses clinical and basic science in inflammatory autoimmune diseases. With this project we aim at characterizing hand motion in relation to disease activity in arthritis (rheumatoid and psoriasis arthritis). Clinical data acquired in our outpatient clinics will be integrated with motion capture data acquired in close collaboration with the FAU Institute of Applied Dynamics (LTD).

Position and Application:

The project start date is July 1 or later. This is a temporary position for 3 years. Remuneration is based on the collective agreement for civil servants in Germany (TV-L E13, 50% position). The appointee may pursue doctoral studies in the Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering. Applications from severely disabled persons, in the case of equal suitability, will be treated preferentially. Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply as there is a policy in place at the University to increase the proportion of female staff.

Please submit your application (motivation letter, tabular CV, certificates) as one document indicating the project code D01 by e-mail by June 14, 2021 to empkins-jobs@fau.de.

Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt, PD Dr. Arnd Kleyer, Prof. Dr. Georg Schett Medizin 3, Rheumatologie & Immunologie, Universtitätsklinikum Erlangen Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen, Germany