Category Archives: Job Opportunities

PhD position on Computer mechanobiology of mandibular reconstruction @Charité

A PhD position is available within the Computational Mechanobiology Group (Prof. Sara Checa) 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 biomechanics of mandibular reconstruction with fibular free flap. The aim is to use computer modeling approaches supported by clinical data to understand the mechanical conditions promoting mandibular repair.


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 an interdisciplinary research environment composed of engineers, biologists and clinicians. 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 curriculum vitae by 1st June, 2021. Applications should be sent to: Prof. Sara Checa (sara.checa@charite.de)

Postdoc position at TUEindhoven: Computational and experimental remodeling of heart valves

This vacancy is posted as part of RegMedXB, which stands for “Regenerative Medicine Crossing Borders”. RegMedXB is a virtual institute composed of universities, health foundations, governments and private companies in the Netherlands and Belgium. The partners work together to tackle some of the greatest challenges in regenerative medicine, while building a community of researchers and companies to realize health and economic benefits. The RegMedXB Cardiac Moonshot program aims at developing innovative strategies to regenerate the tissues of the heart, including the myocardium, heart valves and blood vessels.

The current project concentrates on preserving and regenerating heart valve function under non-physiological loading conditions. For this you will investigate the structural and biological remodeling of heart valves using a combination of experimental and computational research.
The experimental research will focus on establishing an ex vivo platform to investigate the remodeling and functionality of heart valves under various hemodynamic conditions.
The computational part focuses on simulating valve remodeling, with the aim of understanding and predicting experimental outcomes, and extrapolating findings to relevant in vivo situations.

If you are fascinated by the engineering aspects of regenerative medicine and eager to develop innovate models and strategies that will advance cardiovascular regeneration, we invite you to join us in this challenge. You will collaborate intensively with our partners in the RegMed-XB Cardiac Moonshot consortium, in particular with the University Medical Centers in Leiden and Utrecht on ex vivo tissue remodeling, and with other TU/e groups on computational modeling and tissue engineering.

More information can be found here: https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/postdoc-%E2%80%93-computational-and-experimental-remodeling-of-heart-valves-876785.html

PhD Position in Experimental Micro- and Nanobiomechanics @TUWien

We invite applications for a of a PhD position (University Assistant) in experimental micro- and nanobiomechanics. The position is set within a vibrant research group with a main focus on mechanics of individual collagen fibrils and micromechanics of collagen-rich tissues. The research project to be addressed is two-fold:

1) Conducting scientific research on the mechanics of individual collagen-fibrils as well as micro-mechanics of tissue sections as a function of age, pathology or chemical modification. We have a number of ongoing research projects in this context such that this part will be shaped according to the interests of the applicant.

2) Further development of experimental testing devices for micro- and nanomechanical characterization of individual collagen fibrils and microscopic tissue samples. This is based on a mechanical testing device for nanoscale fibres developed by our team.

Further information and link to apply for this position (deadline April 22nd 2021): https://jobs.tuwien.ac.at/Job/148900

For informal discussion please contact Philipp Thurner (Philipp.thurner@tuwien.ac.at)

PhD position on the characterization of anticipatory neuromuscular coordination during explosive movements @ University of Poitiers, France

We invite applications for a PhD position at University of Poitiers, France, entitled “Characterization of anticipatory neuromuscular coordination during explosive movements“.

Summary: The objective of this PhD thesis is to characterize anticipatory muscular coordination during iexplosive movements performed by trained female and male athletes. The Ph.D. student will conceive experimental protocols where human participants have to perform explosive dynamic movements. Data will be collected using both human motion analysis (infrared cameras & force sensors) and muscular physiology (electromyography & superfast ultrasound echograph) equipment. Anticipatory neuromuscular coordination recorded during explosive movements will then be analysed using multi-scale and multi-physic models. Joint torques and muscular lengths and activation patterns will be estimated from a personalised musculoskeletal model. Data collected with echographs will help refine the characterization of interactions between muscular and tendinous fibers.

Keywords: Human movement, Biomechanics, Neuromuscular coordination, Motion Analysis, Musculoskeletal Modelling, Experimental studies, Sport.

Supervisors: Dr. Floren COLLOUD & Dr Romain TISSERAND

Calendar:

Applications must be sent by email before April, 20th 2021.

Interview: from May 17th to May 21st 2021.

Project and funding will start October 1st 2021.

Further information: https://www.u-ldevinci.fr/simme/en/2021/03/04/characterisation-of-anticipatory-neuromuscular-coordination-during-explosive-movements/

For informal discussion please contact Floren Colloud (floren.colloud@univ-poitiers.fr)

Associate professor of Mechanobiology @ Mines Saint-Etienne – France

A permanent position of associate professor in mechanobiology is opened at Mines Saint-Etienne (France). Research will be developed at Sainbiose laboratory and will focus on experimental methods to study biological and mechanical evolution of tissues in the osteoarticular or cardiovascular systems.

More information and application at https://institutminestelecom.recruitee.com/o/concours-maitre-assistant-en-mecanobiologie

Application closure is April 23th 2021.

PostDoc in Computational Biomechanics @ TU-Wien

The Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics at TU Wien, Computational Biomechanics Group of Prof Dieter Pahr, is offering a full-time position (40 hours/week) for a post-doc university assistant for two years. The estimated starting date is June 1, 2021.

Tasks:

  • Conducting outstanding research work at an international level in the field of bone biomechanics
  • Supervision of Master and PhDs students
  • Writing grant proposals and acquiring third-party funds
  • Contributing to bachelor and master level teaching
  • Participation in teaching activities and administrative tasks of the institute

Your profile:

  • PhD in the field of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biomedical engineering or a related discipline with a specialization in biomechanics is a prerequisiteA highly motivated, resilient person with very good communication skills
  • The successful candidate will work in the field of computational bone biomechanics
  • Previous experience in bone biomechanics, image processing, finite element modelling, material modelling, computer programming (C++ and Python) are required
  • A very good command of English language skills as well as an appropriate publication record are also required
  • Desirable are experiences with lab experiments, German language skills, and project proposals writing
  • Interest in solving scientific problems in an independent and goal-oriented manner
  • The willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary and international scientific projects
  • Very good scientific communication and scientific writing skills

We offer:

  • A creative environment in one of the most livable cities in the world.
  • A young, highly motivated, and international team of researchers.
  • An internationally established working group.
  • A well-equipped work environment (soft- and hardware, biomechanics lab).
  • Continuing personal and professional education.
  • Opportunities for presenting research results at leading international conferences.

TU Wien is committed to increase female employment in leading scientific positions. Female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified. People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university (contact: gerhard.neustaetter@tuwien.ac.at)

Entry level salary as a postdoctoral researcher is covered by level B1 of the Austrian Collective Agreement for university staff, and receives a minimum of currently EUR 3.889,50 month gross, 14 times/year. Relevant working experiences may increase the monthly income.

We look forward to receiving your application until April 8th, 2021.

For inquires on the technical description please contact Prof. Dr. Dieter Pahr ( dieter.pahr@tuwien.ac.at ).

Application Documents: The application should include a motivation letter, a scientific CV, diploma certificates, list of publications, and a copy of the PhD thesis, all in electronic form. Applications are only accepted via our online system https://jobs.tuwien.ac.at/Job/146061.

PhD Position in Experimental Micro- and Nanobiomechanics

We invite applications for a of a PhD position (University Assistant) in experimental micro- and nanobiomechanics. The position is set within a vibrant research group with a main focus on mechanics of individual collagen fibrils and micromechanics of collagen-rich tissues. The research project to be addressed is two-fold:

1) Further development of experimental testing devices for micro- and nanomechanical characterization of individual collagen fibrils and microscopic tissue samples. This is based on a unique mechanical testing device for nanoscale fibres.

2) Conducting scientific research on the mechanics of individual collagen-fibrils as well as micro-mechanics of tissue sections as a function of age, pathology or chemical modification. We have a number of ongoing research projects in this context such that this part will be shaped according to the interests of the applicant.

Further information and link to apply for this position (deadline March 4th 2021): https://jobs.tuwien.ac.at/Job/145238

For informal discussion please contact Philipp Thurner (Philipp.thurner@tuwien.ac.at)

Postdoc position on multiscale soft tissue mechanics using SAXS and Tomography

The institute of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to couple synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and phase-contrast micro-tomography (pCT) to enable 3D imaging of fibrillar collagenous tissue in organs like joints and intervertebral discs. The bioengineering challenge is to determine the correlated 3D deformation and structural changes at the molecular-, fibrillar-, and cell-matrix length-scales under physiological load in intact tissue, and how these alter in ageing, injury and disease.

The position will be based on the Harwell Campus at Diamond Light Source (DLS), and is part of an international EPSRC-funded project (Tomo-SAXS) between QMUL, DLS, University College London, University of Manchester, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

More information can be found at: Postdoctoral Research Assistant – QMUL24137, https://tinyurl.com/y4y3lcrw

PhD position in multimodal and multiscale biomechanics of the bone-implant interface

The Multi-Scale Modelisation and Simulation laboratory (MSME, East-Paris University, France) proposes a PhD position in multimodal and multiscale biomechanics of the bone-implant interface. The aim is to setup a coupled experimental and in silico approach to determine how nanostructure and composition of the interfacial bone tissue evolve and drive the resulting mechanical strength of the interface.

More information:

If you are interested and wish to discuss more, please contact Sophie Le Cann (Sophie.le-cann@u-pec.fr) and Elsa Vennat (Elsa.vennat@centralesupelec.fr). To apply, please send a CV, motivation letter and past grades; applications will be reviewed as received, for a start of the thesis in sept-oct 2021.

Four PhD Positions at ETH Zurich: MSCA ITN “BioTrib”

Four collaborative PhD positions are available at the Institute for Biomechanics (Department of Health Sciences and Technology). The Institute for Biomechanics is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of the human body. We investigate the mechanics and material properties of the musculoskeletal system, as well as movement control, from a macroscopic (body/organ) scale to a microscopic (cell) scale.

Project background

The available position is funded under the EU MSCA Innovative Training Network program “BioTrib”. The overall aims of the research program are to develop advances in the performance of natural and artificial joints. The program’s focus is on biotribology, which includes friction, lubrication and wear in these interventions. The researchers will gain the necessary interdisciplinary skills demanded by industry to deliver timely and cost-effective solutions to some of the most intractable European healthcare problems in arthritis.

Job description

The focus of each research sub-project is outlined in the job advertisement on the central ETH Zurich website listed below:

PhD Position: Design of a Self-Lubricating Prosthesis

https://jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_mSUhxGFtq3OxYXYBoq

PhD Position: Boundary Lubrication of Fibrous Scaffolds

https://jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_ZLaGSe9E6PBvQAY5q8

PhD Position: Tribological Characteristics of Nanofibrous Electrospun Materials

https://jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_3H36CzKCMLpSTlxx7Q

PhD Position: Elucidation of Friction-Induced Failure Mechanisms in Fibrous Collagenous Tissues

https://jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_Pbfuiq745SbJSXvWw8

Your profile

You are required to have a master’s degree in a relevant field. Specific requirements for each position are given in the individual job advertisements linked above.

Eligibility is set by the regulations of the MSCA ITN framework. Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Therefore, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. The first positions are available from August 2021.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Covering letter with statement of motivation
  • CV
  • Copy of bachelor and master transcripts
  • Copy of MSc thesis

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online ETH Zurich application portal linked above. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Application deadline is 28.02.2021.

Further information about the Institute for Biomechanics can be found on our website www.biomech.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Stephen Ferguson, email sferguson@ethz.ch (no applications).