Category Archives: PhD/Master student positions

PhD & postdocs position in the biomechanics lab @Marquette University

The Biomechanics Lab in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin is recruiting PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Associates starting in Spring 2023 to work in biomechanics and biomedical engineering research.

The successful candidate for the postdoc positions will be expected to publish peer-reviewed journal papers and help mentor students and write proposals. The successful candidate will enjoy ample training and networking opportunities.

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The successful candidates for the Positions in Computational Modeling in Biomechanics Lab will work on and contribute to ongoing research that solves problems related to the cardiovascular and brain by developing multiscale/multiphysics computational models.

Candidates possessing the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
* Strong background in biomechanics, biomedical engineering, computational mechanics, or equivalent fields.
* Strong foundation in numerical methods, especially the finite element method. Proficient in python and C++ programming language. Special consideration will be given to candidates who are familiar with the open-source finite element library FeNiCS, cardiac or brain finite element modeling, medical image processing, and machine learning techniques.
* Special consideration will also be given to candidates possessing knowledge and experience in performing bio-related experiments.
* Excellent communication and written skills.

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The successful candidates for the Positions in Experimental Biomechanics will work on and contribute to ongoing research that solves problems related to the cardiovascular and brain by performing in vivo and ex-vivo small animal experiments.

Candidates possessing the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply:
* Strong background in biomechanics, biomedical engineering, physiology, or equivalent fields.
* Training and experience in designing, performing, and acquiring data in-vivo and ex-vivo small animal experiments e.g., biaxial tissue testing, biomedical imaging, and/or Langendorff experiments.
* Special consideration will also be given to candidates possessing knowledge and foundation in computational modeling.
* Excellent communication and written skills.

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Outstanding candidates are invited to submit a CV to Dr. Lei Fan at leifan0522@gmail.com.

PhD positions on biomechanics @ University of Bologna

Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Italy) invites applications for the admission to the 38th PhD programme in Health and Technologies. (https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/phd/2022-2023/health-and-technologies). 

The research projects about biomechanics cover in silico methodologies, deep learning, experimental and computational characterization of biological tissues and biomaterials, and imaging techniques.  Among the research projects advertised, you will find:

– I-BLOSSOM – Instrumented Biomarkers for LOngitudinal aSSessment Of Motor control development (Supervisor: Prof Stagni, rita.stagni@unibo.it)

– Development and perspective validation of an in silico methodology for the prediction of bone fracture risk to be used as clinical support system (Supervisor: Prof. Viceconti, marco.viceconti@unibo.it)

– Biomechanical evaluation of knee mechanical behaviour and interface stresses with a new concept of alignment for total knee arthroplasty (NEW- KNEE) (Supervisor: Prof. Cristofolini, luca.cristofolini@unibo.it)

– Computational modelling of vertebrae affected by metastasis for clinical diagnosis (Supervisor: Prof. Cristofolini, luca.cristofolini@unibo.it)

PhD candidates are expected to operate in a multidisciplinary team of engineers, biomaterials science, medical physics, computer science, biologists and clinicians. Each project will be conjointly supervised by a supervisor active in the technology field and one in the clinical field.

More details can be found in (https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/phd/2022-2023/attachments/38th-cycle-phd-programme-table-health-and-technologies/@@download/file/38_PhD%20Programme%20Table_Health_Technologies.pdf). 

The online application must be submitted by June 9th, 2022 at 11.59 pm (CEST).

Three totally founded PhD scholarships are available.

If you would like to apply, contact the coordinator of the PhD programme (prof. Marco Viceconti, marco.viceconti@unibo.it) or the supervisor of the project you are interested in and join the University of Bologna for a wonderful research experience.

Open Position: University Assistant in Biomechanics and Proteomics @TUWien

The Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB) of TU Wien invites applications for the position of a University Assistant (30h/week) in the area of biomechanics and proteomics. The successful candidate will conduct research towards a PhD thesis. In particular he/she will investigate healthy and degenerated meniscal tissue micro- / nano-mechanics using atomic force microscopy, spatially resolved micro-indentation and dedicated existing custom-made devices. Composition will be investigated via spatially mass-spectrometry methods under supervision of Prof. M. Marchetti-Deschmann of the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics of TU Wien. After successfully establishing correlated mechanics and compositional datasets, a further step would be to compare retrieved data, to chemical magnetic resonance images (MRI) available through a clinical partner. In the long run we envision this to become a tool for early detection of meniscal degeneration and osteoarthritis.

More information:

PhD position on cardiac tissue growth & remodeling @TUDelft

Heart failure is a progressive chronic condition under which heart tissues undergo detrimental changes in structure and function across multiple scales in time and space. Given the role that biomechanical stimuli play in the onset and progression of these remodeling processes, cardiac restraint devices are seen as a promising treatment strategy. However, given the limited understanding of the underlying cardiac tissue behavior, current designs fail to successfully counteract pathological remodeling in the long term.

To this end, the aim of this PhD project is to develop, implement, verify, calibrate, and validate a microstructurally and functionally informed cardiac tissue model for growth and remodeling using finite element analysis. The outcomes of the developed framework will be leveraged to design enhanced bio-informed cardiac restraint devices.

Within this project, the PhD candidate is expected to operate within a multidisciplinary team of engineers, biomedical scientists, and cardiac surgeons. The outcomes of this project will be disseminated to the scientific community and to a general audience through presentations at (inter-)national conferences and through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, the candidate is expected to take part in educational activities within the department (assist in teaching, act as a mentor for master students, supervise master thesis work, … ).

The PhD candidate will be supervised jointly by dr. ir. M. Peirlinck (dept. of Biomechanical Engineering) and dr. ir. Noël (dept. of Precision & Microsystems Engineering) at Delft University of Technology. Our labs have a strong network of national and international collaborators in both academia and industry.

More information:

https://www.tudelft.nl/over-tu-delft/werken-bij-tu-delft/vacatures/details/?nPostingId=2429&nPostingTargetId=6179&id=QEZFK026203F3VBQBLO6G68W9&LG=UK&mask=external

PhD position on the prestress exerted by the fascia on muscle tissue @LBMC, Lyon, France

The Laboratory of biomechanics and impact mechanics, in Lyon (France) has a PhD position on the Experimental analysis and modeling of the prestress exerted by the fascia on muscle tissue. Numerical human body models are an important tool for better understanding the phenomena involved in mobility or comfort. In order to be able to model movement, deformable models of the human body must properly reproduce muscle activation. The main objective of this thesis topic is to include the fasciae, in particular the fascia lata at the level of the thigh, in the lower limb model developed at the LBMC to improve its biomechanical response during muscular activation.

To meet this objective, fascia mechanical properties must be mathematically modeled with a constitutive law of the material to be integrated in the lower limb model, and the prestressing exerted by the fascia on muscle tissue should also be quantified and modeled.

Full description of the project in both French and English: https://lbmc.univ-gustave-eiffel.fr/fileadmin/redaction/LBMC/Documents/Theses2022/sujet_de_These_LBMC_Fascia_2022_Bruyere_Gras_VF.pdf

If you would like to apply or need more information, please send CV, cover letter, contact information for a recommendation, and masters transcripts to Laure-Lise GRAS (laure-lise.gras@univ-lyon1.fr).

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.

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

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

PhD position on investigating mechanical loading effects on postnatal development of articular cartilage @University College Dublin

Funding is available for a fully funded PhD position in UCD in Ireland from May or September 2022. Candidates can be from anywhere in the world. The project will be in close collaboration with the UCD Veterinary School and co-supervised by Prof Nowlan and by Prof Brama. The studentship includes stipend of €18,000 per annum (tax free) and fees (EU or international). Funding is available for four years.

Applicants should have a first class or upper second class degree (ideally a Masters) in Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Medical or Veterinary Sciences, or a closely related discipline. Candidates should have a keen interest in working with translational animal models, and also in the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.

This PhD project will investigate how mechanical loading affects postnatal development of articular cartilage in a goat model system. The research will involve an exciting combination of biological, imaging and engineering techniques. There will be opportunities for international travel and collaboration. 

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter summarising your experience and your interests in this specific PhD project to Prof Nowlan. The position is open until filled. 

Website: https://developmental-biomechanics.org/contact/