ESBiomech23 Congress in Maastricht

Registration now open: Workshop on “Biomarkers arising from nonlinear analysis of movement variability”, July 3-6, 2023, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The Laboratory for Movement Biomechanics (LMB – ETH Zurich) together with the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability (MOVCENTR – UNO Omaha) is organizing a 4-day workshop converging experts in the field for deeper discussions and future international level efforts and collaboration for development and validation of biomarkers arising from nonlinear analysis of movement variability. During the workshop, participants will learn about the underlying mathematics and real-world applications of latest techniques and tools for assessment of various nonlinear characteristics: Complexity, Divergence, Regularity and Recurrences in human movement research. The programme also includes keynotes from world leading experts, think-tank sessions to share opportunities and challenges for fundamental investigations in nonlinear analysis of movement variability and Consult with Experts sessions to meet one-to-one with experts to discuss and plan your research journey with non-linear analysis tools.

Participants with varied backgrounds (research scientists, clinicians, educators, and students) are welcome since we include a strong practical component with class discussions and hands-on practice to facilitate understanding of the methods. More info and registration here:

Postdoc vacancy in microstructural imaging of blood vessels and tissue biomechanics @Erasmus MC / TU Delft.

Interested in diving into the fascinating world of microstructural imaging of blood vessels and linking this to tissue biomechanics? There is an open position for a post-doctoral researcher in the Biomechanics Group at Erasmus MC / TU Delft.

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PhD vacancy in the field of experimental vascular biomechanics @Erasmus MC / TU Delft

Interested in diving into the fascinating world of vascular biomechanics and imaging? There is an open position for a PhD candidate in the field of experimental vascular biomechanics in the Biomechanics Group at Erasmus MC / TU Delft.

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PhD vacancy on the effects of footwear on the biomechanics of an arthritic foot @Mines Saint-Etiennes (IMT)

The INSERM U1059 Sainbiose laboratory is looking for a PhD student in the framework of a new French National Research Agency (ANR) project “Insole Optimization for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients” (coll. CHU Saint-Etienne, INRIA Alpes).

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common chronic inflammatory joint disease, with a prevalence of about 0.5%. RA is a peripheral polyarthritis that affects the hands and feet: foot function is compromised, which is accompanied by changes in plantar pressures and gait disorders that have a strong impact on daily activities. Foot pain and disability can be reduced with customized foot orthotics and therapeutic footwear. The mechanisms involved in this treatment lack methodological evaluation. In particular, the design of the insoles and their relationship to internal effects such as joint pressure and soft tissue deformities have not been studied due to the difficult nature of such studies in a clinical environment.
From a medical point of view, the INORA project aims to understand, through patient-specific numerical biomechanical models, the mechanisms of action of shoes and orthopedic insoles in order to propose a well-founded design methodology. From a more fundamental point of view, these models will allow the discovery of the mechanical determinants of pain relief, which will promote the long-term well-being of patients.

The thesis project will focus on the mechanical finite element modeling of a moving foot, and then the optimization of the medical device (sole, shoe) in order to minimize the stresses in the critical pain areas. We are looking for a (bio) mechanical engineer with good numerical skills, interested in health applications and able to integrate in a multi-disciplinary research team.

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Master Thesis in Biomechanics @Julius Wolff Institute, Charité


The Julius Wolff Institute is within the university structure of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. As a research institute, we run applications and basic research in the fields of orthopedics and trauma surgery. Our main research field is the regeneration and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.
Mandibular reconstruction after tumor resection is a challenging procedure usually performed using an autologous vascularized bone graft fixated with reconstruction plates (Figure 1). However, the non-physiological biomechanical environment induced at the injured site and donor site morbidity can negatively impact the healing outcome and patient quality of life. Tissue engineering allows exploring alternative solutions to traditional bone grafts such as scaffolds, i.e. structures able to support the formation of new functional tissues. However, if scaffolds can biomechanically support the bone healing process in mandibular reconstruction remains to be investigated.
Your Responsibilities
In this context, the Julius Wolff Institute is looking for a highly motivated individual for an internship or Master thesis. You will develop finite element models of reconstructed mandibles and design a scaffold to investigate its biomechanical impact on the healing outcome. The student will also simulate several biting tasks, design implant fixation and study their effect on the biomechanical environment within the mandibular defect. The project is part of a close collaboration with clinical partners.

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ESB Italian chapter meeting, 18-19 September 2023, Politecnico di Torino

The Solid and Fluid Biomechanics Group of Politecnico di Torino is delighted to announce that the XII Annual Meeting of the Italian Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB-ITA) will be held in Turin (Italy) on September 18-19, 2023.

The first day will be dedicated to the thematic symposium “Integrative biomechanics: advancing knowledge and technology from molecular to organ level”, while the second day to the advancements in the field of biomechanics in Italy.

Renowned international and national keynote speakers will deliver inspiring talks on frontier research and technologies in biomechanics.

The thematic symposium will focus on integrative biomechanics, which uses methods and tools in order to address fundamental and clinical problems throughout a multiscale approach, capable of considering the interaction of different scales of investigation.
In detail, integrative biomechanics entails the development of multi-scale and multi-organ, dynamic, interoperable, modular investigations, capable of accurately describing the individual patient patho-physiology, spanning different anatomical scales, from the molecular to cell, tissue, organ and systems level. Applications can range from the development of new biomechanical knowledge to the creation of cutting-edge technologies and approaches for health and wellbeing.

Best presentations of early stage and established researchers will be awarded.

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ESB Austrian chapter meeting – 23 May Salzburg

The ESB Austrian Chapter invites submissions of abstracts for short presentations for the
network meeting on May 23, 2023 to be held at the Paracelsus Medical University in

Please use the online-system for registration and submission of your abstract. Abstracts can
only be submitted via the online form until April 15, 2023 at the latest. You will receive a
notification about the acceptance of your abstract after the review, latest on May 8, 2023.

The best experimental, numerical or clinical studies will be awarded with a conference prize!

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3 postdoctoral job offers in Computational Bone mechanics @UPF, Barcelona

We are offering three postdoctoral positions in the area of Biomechanics & Mechanobiology at BCN MedTech, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, University Pompeu Fabra, Spain, to work in computational biomechanics applied to fragile bone fracture prediction in clinical cohorts:

  • Data science & surrogate modelling (1.5 years, full time): Junior postdoctoral researcher with expertise in machine learning applied to biomedical engineering: – Deadline March 7th 2023
  • Open-source finite element code development & implementation (2 years, full time): Postdoctoral researcher with expertise in open-source finite element software and computational continuum mechanics: – Deadline March7th, 2023
  • Patient-Specific finite element modelling and computational bone biomechanics (Junior leader, 2.5 years, full time): Senior postdoctoral researcher with at least two years of postdoctoral research experience in bone finite element analysis: – Deadline: March 7th, 2023

Newton Fellowship in computational cardiovascular biomechanics

Newton International Fellowships are prestigious postdoctoral fellowships for researchers who want to work in the UK. The scheme is accepting applications now with a deadline of 28th March 2023. The fellowship provides three years of research funding, and only those with a PhD from outside of the UK are eligible. More details and eligibility criteria are available at

Do you have background in computational tissue biomechanics? Are you interested in cardiovascular systems and the above scheme? If so, check our Computational Biomechanics Research Group page or my staff page for more information on our research. We would be happy to host excellent researchers with relevant background and interests. Email me at if you would like to discuss this fellowship opportunity.

PhD Position on Computational modeling of fibrotic scarring @Maastricht University

Regenerative medicine (RM) holds the promise to cure many of what are now chronic patients, restoring health rather than protracting decline, bettering the lives of millions and at the same time preventing lifelong, expensive care processes: cure instead of care. The scientific community has made large steps in this direction over the past decade, however our understanding of the fundamentals of cell, tissue and organ regeneration and of how to stimulate and guide this with intelligent biomaterials in the human body is still in its infancy. Materials properties such as elasticity, topography, hydrophobicity, and porosity have all been shown to influence cell fate, and the introduction of high-throughput combinatorial approaches is expediting research. However, in order to improve the design of synthetic biomaterials, it is crucial to understand the physiological cell-biomaterial interactions and how these influence the tissue remodeling process. This research project aims to use in silico models to simulate physiological and fibrotic cell-ECM interactions, including dynamic tissue remodeling through ECM deposition and alignment, to improve our fundamental understanding thereof and use the obtained knowledge to design improved synthetic matrices.  

Project description:

  • Computational modeling of tissue remodeling to inform the design of synthetic matrices
  • Multiscale modeling: coupling ABM to FEM to investigate the role of dynamic tissue compositions and alignment
  • Parameter optimization and sensitivity analysis
  • Analysis and integration of various in vitro/in vivo data for model calibration

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