PhD and Post-Doc positions @University of Leuven

MULTI-SCALE ANALYSIS OF MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CARTILAGE LOADING DURING LOCOMOTION. MULTI-SCALE ANALYSIS OF MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CARTILAGE LOADING DURING LOCOMOTION. PHD VACANCY MULTI-SCALE ANALYSIS OF MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CARTILAGE LOADING DURING LOCOMOTION.

In the human movement biomechanics research group, we study the mechanical loading in different musculoskeletal tissues during normal and pathological movement and relate them to tissue adaptation. The role of mechanical loading in cartilage degeneration and osteoarthritis (OA) development is currently one of the central themes in our research.Website unit

Responsibilities

We use multi-scale models of the musculoskeletal system informed by in vitro bioreactor experiments, together with motion data collected using 3D Mocap and inertial measurement (IMU-) systems. These model-based insights will ultimately be used to define surgical or therapeutic strategies to optimize musculoskeletal loading and prevent degeneration. 
This research line runs in close collaboration with different groups in KU Leuven, more specific the research group on Tissue Homeostasis and Disease (Prof. Rik Lories), the Institute for Orthopedic Research and Training (Prof. Lennart Scheys) and the Biomechanics Research Unit of the mechanical engineering department (Prof. Jos Vander Sloten and Prof. Nele Famaey).


Profile for PostDoc

This position is open to interested postdoctoral fellows with an interest in relating human movement to musculoskeletal and cartilage loading and eventually tissue adaptation.

The candidate must hold a master degree in biomedical/mechanical engineering or human movement sciences in which multi-scale modelling, musculoskeletal modelling, rigid body simulations or finite element analysis were used.

You will develop and test a multiscale modelling approach based on in vivo and in vitro experiments. 

You quantify the mechanical loading and relate this to the biological response of the cartilage in terms of homeostasis, degeneration or regeneration.

You will assist in further developing these research lines and writing of research proposals in this area.

You will supervise master student projects in these research areas.

You will contribute to teaching classes in the human movement sciences, physical therapy and biomedical engineering program depending on the candidate’s profile.

You will provide administrative and technical support of activities within the research group, department or faculty.

Candidates planning their PhD thesis defense in summer 2019 are encouraged to apply as well.

he candidates will be asked to demonstrate his expertise using dedicated software tools (e.g. Opensim, FEbios, Abaqus, Anybody) at the time of the interview. 

Previous experience with in vivo and in vitro measurements is of additional value.

The candidate should be highly interested in working in a multi-disciplinary environment consisting of engineers, physical therapists and medical doctors.

Offer

Financing:available for 1 year

Type of Position: Fellowship

Timing:Applications should be received by July 1, 2019. Interviews are planned during second half of July 2019. Starting date is negotiable, but preferentially September 2019.

Duration of the Project: The position will be assigned initially for 1 year. The candidate will be supported to apply for personal funding.

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Ilse Jonkers, tel.: +32 16 32 91 05, mail: ilse.jonkers@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Lennart Scheys, tel.: +3216340885, mail: lennart.scheys@kuleuven.be.You can apply for this job no later than July 01, 2019 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

Website: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55142074?hl=en&lang=en


Profile for PhD student

This position is open to interested PhD candidates with an interest in relating human movement to musculoskeletal and cartilage loading and eventually tissue adaptation.

The candidate must hold a master degree in biomedical/mechanical engineering or human movement sciences in which multi-scale modelling, musculoskeletal modelling, rigid body simulations or finite element analysis were used.

You will develop and test a multiscale modelling approach based on in vivo and in vitro experiments. 

You quantify the mechanical loading and relate this to the biological response of the cartilage in terms of homeostasis, degeneration or regeneration.

You will assist in further developing these research lines and writing of research proposals in this area.

You will supervise master student projects in these research areas.

You will contribute to teaching classes in the human movement sciences, physical therapy and biomedical engineering program depending on the candidate’s profile.

You will provide administrative and technical support of activities within the research group, department or faculty.

Candidates planning their master thesis defense in summer 2019 are encouraged to apply as well.

he candidates will be asked to demonstrate his expertise using dedicated software tools (e.g. Opensim, FEbios, Abaqus, Anybody) at the time of the interview. 

Previous experience with in vivo and in vitro measurements is of additional value.

The candidate should be highly interested in working in a multi-disciplinary environment consisting of engineers, physical therapists and medical doctors.

Offer

Financing:available for 1 year

Type of Position: Fellowship

Timing:Applications should be received by July 1, 2019. Interviews are planned during second half of July 2019. Starting date is negotiable, but preferentiallySeptember 2019.

Duration of the Project: The position will be assigned initially for 1 year. The candidate will be supported to apply for personal funding.

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Ilse Jonkers, tel.: +32 16 32 91 05, mail: ilse.jonkers@kuleuven.beYou can apply for this job no later than July 01, 2019 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

Website: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55119359?hl=en&lang=en