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PhD-Position: Non-linear μFE of Bone @ TU-Wien, Austria

The Vienna University of Technology is seeking an exceptional student for a PhD position at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Structural Biomechanics (Computational Biomechanics Group of Prof. Pahr) from 01.09.2019 for a period of 4 years, salary group B1, with an employment scale of 30 hours per week, to occupy. The minimum monthly salary is currently EUR 2,148.40 (14 times a year). Due to activity-related previous experience or involvement in third-party funded projects, the fee may increase.

PhD Topic

The PhD thesis builds on existing research in the field of non-linear micro FE in bone biomechanics (see This simulation method should be applied in the field of bone biomechanics and orthopedic implants.  Don’t hesitate to contact members of the research group at the ESB 2019 in Vienna.


Applicants must have a Master’s degree (diploma) in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Technical Physics, Medical Informatics or equivalent studies.

Furthermore, very good programming skills, preferably Python and C ++, mechanics, fundamentals of the finite element methods, German language skills (minimum level B2 according to CEFR) are required.

Other desired skills & interests: Biomechanical fundamentals, basic knowledge of medical image processing.  The willingness to cooperate in teaching and at the institute is expected as well as good knowledge of English, interest in scientific work.

Application deadline: until 18.07.2019 (date of postmark)

Applications should be sent to the Personnel Administration, Department of Human Resources of the Vienna University of Technology, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna. Online applications to  Applicants are not entitled to compensation for accrued travel and subsistence expenses incurred as a result of the admission procedure.

ESB Best Doctoral Award 2019

This year we had a high number (21) of excellent applications for this award.

The winner of the Best Doctoral Award 2019 is Tommaso Ristori (TU Eindhofen, Netherlands) with the thesis entitled “Computational analysis of cell-mediated remodeling of collagenous tissues”.

There are also two runner-ups (no specific order): Marta Pena Fernandez and Maarten Afschrift. Marta Peña Fernandez (Portsmouth, UK): “X-ray biomechanical imaging and digital volume correlation of bone: From regeneration to structure” and Maarten Afschrift (KU Leuven, Belgium): “Identifying the limitations in balance control of elderly using predictive simulations of human posture and gait”.

PhD in Biomechanics @TUWIEN

Description: Bone biomechanics is a major research interest at the Institute for Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB). Bone fracture risk increases with age and disease, yet reliable clinical tools to diagnose patients at risk are still lacking to this date.
Building on previous research projects and expertise at the ILSB this project aims to conduct experiments of trabecular bone tissue at the level of individual trabeculae in particular in uniaxial compression and tension. The experiments are then to be analysed via finite element models with the aim to establish constitutive damage models for bone tissue. These are then to be validated against experiments at the apparent level of trabecular bone. Further investigations are to be carried out in order to elucidate difference in damage behaviour of trabecular between samples obtained from younger / healthier and older / diseased donors.
The post also included participation in teaching activities carried out at the ILSB, including courses in biomechanics as well as the methods of finite elements.
Qualifications: We seek an individual with a completed MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science Electrical Engineering or a related discipline. We are specifically looking for candidates with knowledge in biomechanics and finite element modelling, experience in experimental (bio-)mechanics, script-programming (e.g. Python). German language skills, i.e. native speaker or level B2 according to CEFR are required.
Further information: For informal discussions please contact Professor Philipp Thurner,
How to apply: please send applications to no later than April 28th 2019.

“PhD in “Development of functional anatomical models using 3D Printing” @KLKREMS

The Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL) is part of an academic and research community located at the Campus Krems, and includes a network of comprising teaching hospitals in St. Pölten, Krems and Tulln. The university offers degree programs in Human Medicine, Psychotherapy, Counselling Sciences and Psychology and are tailored to the requirements of the Bologna model, opening the door to new, cutting-edge health professions. KL is committed to raising its profile in specific areas of biomedicine, biomedical engineering, and biopsychosocial sciences by entering into strategic academic and research partnerships with other institutions.

Starting at Mai 2019, the department of anatomy and biomechanics (division of biomechanics, Univ. Prof. Dr. Dieter Pahr) offers a research position, which is limited to the duration of three years:

Research Assistant m/f (Pre Doc, 30 h)

Your responsibilities:

  • Participation in the funded research project “Development of functional anatomical models using 3D Printing“ (carried out together with ACMIT Gmbh, Wr. Neustadt)
  • In particular: 3D printing of different materials, mechanical characterization of 3D printed parts as well as biological tissues, micro‐computed tomography (μCT), implementation of analysis software, writing of scientific reports
  • Supervision of students and participation in teaching

Your profile:

  • Master degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical or civil engineering, technical physics, material sciences or similar fields
  • Handicraft skills and enjoyment of manual laboratory work
  • Interest in 3D printing and scientific work
  • Reliable and independent way of working
  • Friendly and team oriented personality

Your perspective:

  • You can expect a challenging job in an internationally recognized and highly motivated team
  • Achieve the academic degree of a PhD (Dr. techn.), issued from the TU Vienna.

The Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences is dedicated to achieving a balanced mix of male and female academic and non-academic staff. Consequently, applications from female candidates are particularly welcome.

The minimum gross salary for this position is € 2.112,40 (30 h). Overpayment based on the internal salary structure and individual qualifications and experience is possible.

Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and credentials and should be mailed by 29 March 2019 to Ms. Christina Schwaiger of the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Dr.-Karl- Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria (

Simpleware ScanIP comes with FDA 510(k) clearance

Synopsys are pleased to announce the release of the Simpleware ScanIP Medical edition. This exciting new version of Simpleware ScanIP comes with FDA 510(k) clearance, and CE and ISO 13485:2016 certification as a medical device.

Learn more about Simpleware ScanIP Medical – with link

Learn more about the clinical applications of Simpleware software – with link

Synopsys are looking for Early Stage Researchers

Synopsys are looking for Early Stage Researchers for an outstanding opportunity to be part of a H2020-funded EU project RAINBOW on biomechanics and simulation. Based in the Synopsys offices in Exeter, UK, with placements in Cardiff University and the University of Luxembourg, the positions are generously funded and provide great experience in an industrial environment.

RAINBOW vacancy:

Luxembourg –

Cardiff –

Call for Bids hosting ESB 2022

The ESB is inviting proposals for the organization of its annual congress in July 2022. If you are interested in hosting and organizing ESB2022, please read the ESB 2022 Bid rules for details.

Bids should be sent to prof. David Mitton (, Chair of the Meetings Committee. He can also be contacted for further information.

The deadline for submitting your bid for ESB2022 is 31st March 2019.

Simpleware Software Release O-2018.12 Out

The latest version of Simpleware software is out now. It includes many exciting new features and performance improvements. New in Version O-2018.12

  • Improved Usability
  • Better Segmentation
  • Enhanced Dataset Processing

Synopsys will be running webinars on the new release January 16, 2019, and will also be hosting workshops in the UK on January23rd,2019, and in the U.S. on February 12, 2019. For more details visit this page or contact