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ESB22 Porto: Submission for Perspective talk open

SAVE THE DATES: JOIN US FOR THE ESB 2022 Congress in PORTO Portugal, 26 – 29 JUNE, 2022!

https://esbiomech2022.org

Submission for perspective talks is now open!

Submission deadline: November 30, 2021

Perspective talks:

-> are given by a senior researcher (group leader/Principal Investigator)
-> will open each parallel session and should be a “mini-keynote” with focus on a cutting edge, coherent body of research
-> their objective is to increase intergenerational networking and to give young scientists the opportunity to learn from those with more experience

For submissions:

https://www.conftool.com/esbiomech2022/

More info:

Postdoc: In vitro replication of bone pathologies @TU Eindhoven

Job description

Bone is a living tissue that is remodeled throughout life. In healthy human bone homeostasis, bone formation and resorption are in balance. In contrast, many bone diseases are caused by an imbalance in the interaction between bone cells, resulting in a significant change in the 3D morphology and functionality of bone. In an effort to stick to the 3Rs in animal experimentation (i.e. reduction, refinement and replacement), this project aims at implementing bone pathologies (for example osteoporosis). You will be part of the engaging Bioengineering Bone team and be familiarized with the use of our existing 3D in vitro co-culture model which is part of a larger project (NWO Vidi Project MiniBones). Within this project, you are expected to take the current healthy homeostatic state further to simulating bone diseases. This model will allow to simulate not only the interaction of the three main bone cells with each other, it will also take their native 3D environment into account (simulating bone morphology) and aims at providing a conceptual understanding of the bone disease and potential intervention targets.

Job requirements

  • PhD in molecular/cellular biology, biomedical engineering/science or a comparable domain.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
  • Experience in in vitro tissue models, ideally co-cultures, is preferred.
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • You can effectively communicate scientific ideas, excel at teamwork and have a capability for independent thinking.
  • Be a team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary context.

More information: https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/postdoc-in-vitro-replication-of-bone-pathologies-895212.html#top

Postdoc position in stochastic finite-element modelling @Sheffield University

Does a highly interdisciplinary research role within a world top 100 university excite you? Are you keen to make a world-leading impact by advancing the state-of-the-art in computational modelling? Then this post-doctoral research opportunity at the INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine could be for you.

This research associate position is funded by the UK EPSRC as part of the project titled “A stochastic finite element modelling framework to predict effect sizes on bone mechanics in preclinical studies” (PI: Dr Pinaki Bhattacharya). The aim of this project is to develop efficient numerical methods to accurately predict the stochasticity in mouse bone mechanics.

More information:

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CJE447/research-associate-in-stochastic-finite-element-modelling

Associate Professorship in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials), University of Oxford

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING 

(BIOMATERIALS

Department of Engineering Science 

in association with St Catherine’s College 

The Department of Engineering Science intends to appoint an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials) with effect from 15th January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (OX3 7DQ) and will be offered a (non-tutorial) Fellowship by Special Election at St Catherine’s College under arrangements described in the Job Description. The salary will be on a scale currently from £48,835 to £65,574 per annum plus additional benefits as indicated in the Job Description. The appointment will be initially for five years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the post-holder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age. 

This appointment will support the important and rapidly growing cross-disciplinary area of Biomaterials, strengthen the existing Drug Delivery, Immunostimulation and Neuromodulation efforts, and support the rapidly growing field of Antimicrobial research. 

The successful candidate will conduct original research in the field of Biomaterials and will hold a doctorate in the general area of biomaterials, biomedical fluid mechanics, biomedical imaging or a cognate discipline. Candidates should have a proven research track record in the general field of Biomaterials, witnessed by peer reviewed publications and collaborations. They will contribute to research in biomedical engineering, supervise research students and research assistants, and obtain external funding to enable development of new and independent research. They will contribute to the teaching of core undergraduate courses in the Department of Engineering Science, which may include lectures, taught classes, practical laboratories, and the supervision of undergraduate design and project work. 

A job description, containing full details of the application procedure and duties, may be obtained below or by clicking ‘apply’. The job ref is: DF21STC. Please quote this in all correspondence. The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 21 October 2021. Interviews will take place on Friday 10 December 2021. 

For queries about the post that are not answered in the job description, please contact Professor Constantin Coussios, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at constantin.coussios@eng.ox.ac.uk. 

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

PhD position on computer mechanobiology of spinal surgery @Charité

A PhD position is available within the Computational Mechanobiology Group at the Julius Wolff Institute (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin). This position is funded through a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to investigate the mechanobiology of tissue regeneration following different spinal surgical interventions. The work will be carry out in the framework of a national consortium (DFG funded Research Unit) where clinicians, engineers, material scientists, mathematicians and biologists will be investigating the dynamics of the spine in healthy and pathological conditions and its relation to low back pain. Research goals will be addressed using computer modeling approaches coupled to in vivo and in vitro experimental data that will be provided by consortium partners.


The successful candidate will have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: mechanics, computational biology and/or computational mechanics. Strong programming and computer modelling skills are required. The position is available for three years.


The work will be conducted in a highly interdisciplinary research environment. As a PhD student, you will be associated to the Berlin-Brandenburg School of Regenerative Therapies (www.bsrt.de) and benefit from the interaction with international scientists.

Interested candidates should submit their application including two references by October 1st, 2021. Applications should be sent to: Prof. Sara Checa (sara.checa@charite.de)

Annual meeting of the Spanish Chapter of the ESB – 25-26 October 2021

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that, after a year on hiatus, we have decided to resume the annual meeting of the Spanish Chapter of the ESB, in the hope that we can do it normally, thus benefiting from all the advantages of being present.

The meeting will be held in Granada on October 25 and 26, 2021, as always, with the intention of encouraging the youngest with cheap registrations and rewarding the two best works. We invite you to send your abstracts by September 20. All the details are detailed on the congress website:

https://www.xcapitulo-esb-ugr.es

Contact: info@xcapitulo-esb-ugr.es or 958240037.

Waiting to meet again and share our work in person,

yours sincerely,

Guillermo Rus, on behalf of the organization committee.

PhD position on Computational model of guided growth in immature skeleton for custom-made correction of deformities @Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Limb deformities in children motivate frequently pediatric orthopedic consultations, because of angular (genus valgus / varus), torsional (internal / external torsion) or longitudinal (leg length discrepancy) bone growth disorder, or combinations thereof. We currently apply guided growth techniques with implants that temporarily block the physis. These techniques correctly solve genu valgus but are not as effective for genu varus or leg length discrepancy and are not effective for torsional or combined deformities. In addition, these techniques often lead to complications such as the emergence of deformities in other planes or the change of epiphyseal joint shape.

The objective of the present PhD project is to create a computational model of physical growth that allows to customize the treatment of a specific deformity through individualized designs of implant and the ability of the devices to correct the deformity with the greatest efficiency and the shortest time. It is part of a larger scale project that combines the physeal surgery in experimental animal (pig) and computer developments for the simulation model of physial growth, in collaboration with the children Hospital Sant Joan de Deu (SJDD), Barcelona.

The computational model development stands for the core of the proposed PhD thesis at BCN MedTech. It will combine image analysis and mechanobiological theories of epiphyseal bone growth, through finite element modelling, to simulate different growth guidance systems made of plates or screws. The model will be uniquely calibrated and validated against it ability to recreate and correct deformities against the experimental animal model. Eventually, it will be transferred to the physiological characteristics of the human bone, leading to a pipeline of models and simulations to properly plan the surgical correction of growth deformities in patients.

More information can be found here:

Application: Please send: · Full CV · motivation letter · two reference letters · Academic transcripts to jerome.noailly@upf.edu by August 31th, at the latest.

Post-Doctoral position in Mechanical multiscale modelling of the bone-implant interphase, @Université Paris-Est, France

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated post-doc to join the Biomechanics team in the Multi-Scale Modelisation and Simulation laboratory (MSME, Université Paris-Est, France). We propose a 1-year post-doc position to identify key relationships driving the (bio)mechanical response of the interphase, setting up a multiscale numerical model spanning the hierarchical scales of the biological tissue, in relation to experimental data.
More information:

Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr Sophie Le Cann and to submit their applications to sophie.le-cann@u-pec.fr (please include letter of motivation, CV, publication list, degree certificate, and name and contact information to at least one referee). The Postdoc is for 12 months, starting in the fall 2021 (oct-nov).