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2-year post-doctoral position in spine biomechanics @ University of Leeds

Do you have a strong technical background in experimental joint biomechanics with an interest in spine biomechanics? Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary institute to address a clinically-driven challenge?

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds, leading research on longer lasting joint replacements, tissue sparing interventions and biological scaffolds for tissue regeneration.

This role is created part of an EPSRC project aiming to characterise spinal facet joints biomechanics. In the UK, four out of five adults suffer from back pain at some point in their life, some of which require spinal fusion, an invasive intervention designed to stop the motion of the affected spinal area. After fusion however, facet joint degeneration can increase and create new symptoms and long term pain for one in four patients.

This project will develop novel testing methods and tools combining experimental and computational modelling to gain a better understanding of the degenerated facet joint biomechanics and how it changes following fusion. You will join a wider group developing in vitro and in silico preclinical models of musculoskeletal joints.

You will have a strong background in spine biomechanics or in experimental contact mechanics and have a proactive approach to working in an experimental and computational environment. You will join an institute that includes different expertise and substantial experience in supporting early stage researchers in a key phase of their career. We encourage an environment of collaboration, trust and wellbeing, which values difference of ideas and embraces diversity.

More info (job description and how to apply) available HERE
Contact: Marlène Mengoni

5 PhD positions @ MatureTissue

MatureTissue – https://dc-mature-tissue.at

CALL IS OPEN! APPLY HERE: https://dc-mature-tissue.at/application/

OPEN APPLICATION

MatureTissue offers a 4-year (48 months) employment contract for early stage researchers (PhD positions).
The goal of the DC MatureTissue is to train future leaders who will bridge engineering and biology to find solutions for a healthy and aging society.

APPLY HERE: https://dc-mature-tissue.at/application/

WHAT ARE THE GOALS?

Research into healthy aging not only means to investigate fast killers, like cancer or SARS-CoV-2, but also the musculoskeletal aches in our bodies. Aches may start small, but they can become severe and significantly impair the quality of life, especially at older age. This is a clear unmet clinical need, and well-documented joint research interest of the MatureTissue faculty members. MatureTissue is perfectly aligned with the overall research strategies of the Technikum Wien and TU Wien.

MatureTissue is underpinned by a consortium of researchers from the Technikum and TU Wien bringing together both applied and basic science focus; only by this bundling of expertise all essential topics are covered: bioreactorsmicrofluidicsbiomechanics, molecular biologyand analytical chemistry. We, the MatureTissue faculty, want to recruit 5 outstanding PhD students and work together to address important challenges of musculoskeletal conditions by maturing 3D cell constructs to functional artificial tissues of bone, tendon, cartilage and muscle by controlled mechanical stimulation.

Lecturer in Fluid Biomechanics @UTC Compiegne

The Biological Fluid Structure Interactions team (IFSB) of the Biomechanics and Bioengineering laboratory (BMBI) of UTC Compiegne, specialized in the study of physiological flows and therapeutic techniques associated with the cardiovascular system, is recruiting a Lecturer in fluid biomechanics, whether approached experimentally, numerically or theoretically. In particular, it wishes to strengthen research work related to blood macrocirculation.

The candidate must, if possible, demonstrate solid skills in hemodynamics in large vessels, with multi-scale and/or multi-physical approaches, or in connection with endovascular medical devices.

The team nevertheless remains open to any other proposal for a research topic related to the biomechanics of fluids.

Candidates with skills in the fields of fluid mechanics and/or fluid/structure interactions but with a proven interest in biomedical applications will also be considered.

More information: https://bmbi.utc.fr

Post-Doctoral Position on Biomechanics of soft fibrous tissue @Gustave Eiffel University and Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University

The Biomechanics and Impact Mechanics Laboratory (LBMC UMR_T9406) is a joint research unit of Gustave Eiffel University and Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University. Around forty permanent staff with complementary skills (solid, structural mechanics, surgeons etc.) work within the LBMC.

Based on societal challenges, the LBMC leads researches, on two research themes:

  • Facilitating travel (automated vehicles, autonomous travel)
  • Maintaining good health  (functional capacities, the repaired body: the implant in its environment).

The LBMC has a strong expertise in mechanical characterization of biological tissues. It is a member of the LabEx PRIMES and IMU, and co-leads the International Associated Laboratory (EVASYM) between Lyon and Montreal.
Statice, founded in 1978, has strong expertise in biomaterials and mechatronics, with applications in health field: medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic tools. Statice develops and produces innovative and customized implants and laboratory equipment in fields requiring advanced technologies such as cardiovascular, neurology, urology, oncology, ophthalmology, etc. Thanks to 30 staff members (PhD, engineers and technicians) and a mechanical and electronic workshop, Statice carries out around one hundred industrial projects per year. At the same time, its SRC label awarded by BPI-FRANCE/OSEO enables it to be involved in medium and long-term upstream research work. Statice is regularly an industrial partner in French and European research projects, to remain at the forefront of tomorrows technologies. Statice is thus recognized in Europe for its innovativeness.

The LBMC and Statice are involved in a new collaborative project supported by the France relance plan, with the aim of characterizing the microstructure and mechanical behavior of the tunica albuginea, and developing a biocompatible substitute produced by electrospinning. This collaboration also involves clinicians from the Urology Department of the Lyon Sud Hospital (Hospices Civils de Lyon). Within the framework of this project, the LBMC and Statice are recruiting a post-doctoral fellow for a period of 18 months.

The future employee tasks will be to:

  • Develop experimental protocols for the characterization of the tunica albuginea, including the quantification of its microstructural arrangement and mechanical behavior, at LBMC,
  • Plan and carry out a series of tests on tunica albuginea samples of cadaver or surgical origin, at the LBMC,
  • Process data with the development of dedicated scripts, at the LBMC and Statice,
  • Contribute to the definition of parameters for the development of prototype synthetic substitutes based on the knowledge acquired on tunica albuginea, at Statice,
  • Contribute to the development of synthetic fibrous tissues by electrospinning, at Statice,
  • Draft and present to the project stakeholders a mid-term and a final report,
  • Write and present scientific papers.

The candidate should have strong skills in experimental characterization and analytical modelling of the mechanical behavior of soft fibrous tissues. He/she will preferably have experience in applying these skills to materials developed using electrospinning or biological materials. Soft skills and good communication skills will be appreciated.

The candidate will be recruited by the Gustave Eiffel University for 18 months. The salary and benefits associated with the position are defined by this institution.

During the whole contract, the candidate will work half of the time at LBMC in Bron (69-France) and the other half at Statice (25-France) according to a schedule to be defined.

To apply, please send simultaneously to Karine BRUYERE (karine-bruyere-garnier@univ-eiffel.fr), Laure-Lise GRAS (laure-lise.gras@univ-lyon1.fr), Melanie OTTENIO (melanie.ottenio@univ-lyon1.fr) and Hugues MONDESERT (h.mondesert@statice.com) and before 24 January 2022, a letter of motivation, a CV and contact information for a recommendation.

PhD studentship on the mechanobiology of fibrosis using multiscale mechanics and imaging @Queen Mary University of London

The Institute of Bioengineering (IoB) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a fully-funded EPSRC PhD studentship on understanding the biomechanics of cutaneous fibrosis. Fibrotic scarring affects >100 million people every year, and targeted therapies do not currently exist. Fibrotic progression is critically influenced by the nanoscale mechanics of the fibrillar collagen network, but these mechanisms and their link to the cellular response are unclear. This project will uncover the nanoscale tissue-matrix biophysics and link to the fibroblast repair response, by combining micromechanics, in situ synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering and correlative functional imaging on an animal model.  It is a collaborative project between experts in i) nanoscale tissue mechanics (IoB-QMUL) and ii) the biology of fibrosis (at the William Harvey Research Institute, QMUL).

More information: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/uncovering-the-nanoscale-biophysics-of-cutaneous-fibrosis/?p139312

Full Professor / Chair in Biomechanics position available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Sheffield

Key features:

  • Join an ambitious and high-achieving Mechanical Engineering department working within the cross-disciplinary Insigneo Institute for Insilico Medicine.
  • An opportunity to lead our research agenda in Biomechanics.
  • Highly competitive salary and additional benefits.
  • Time to focus on your research – a reduced teaching and administrative load for the first two years.

More information: University Webpage and Jobs.ac.uk

PhD project on “Novel computational modelling for personalised treatment of osteoarthritis” @University of Edinburgh

An exciting fully funded PhD opportunity in collaboration with an industrial partner, 3D Metal Printing Ltd, is available at the University of Edinburgh. The project is in the area of biomechanics and is entitled “Novel computational modelling for personalised treatment of osteoarthritis”.  The project requires good mechanics and finite element modelling abilities. The project description is at:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/precision-medicine/app-process-eligibility-criteria/22-23-projects/novel-computational-modelling-for-personalised-tre

Applicants can apply at: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&id=919

Eligibility is available at:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/precision-medicine/app-process-eligibility-criteria

As you will see that oversees applicants are also eligible to apply.

If you are interested please contact me at pankaj@ed.ac.uk with your CV in the first instance.

Also note the deadline for applications is 20th January 2022.

2 PhD positions on computational modeling of blood vessel formation @TU Eindhoven

Are you fascinated by predictive computational modelling?

Are you eager to apply mathematics to a biomedical setting?

Then you might be our next PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering!

More information can be found here:

https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/phd-in-biomedical-engineering-905587.html

https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/phd-in-biomedical-engineering-905597.html

Postdoctoral fellowship on predictive simulations to inform personalized rehabilitation programs for knee OA patients @KULeuven

Our team is looking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow on predictive simulations to inform personalized, IMU-based rehabilitation programs for knee OA patients

https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/proxy/download/60073195

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