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Postdoc position in mathematical modeling of heart ventricular function in the SofTMech Centre @ University of Glasgow

A team led by Dr Hao Gao from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow is seeking a Research Associate, who will make a leading contribution to a project funded by the British Heart Foundation (mathematical modelling right ventricular function in repaired Tetralogy of Fallot for predicting outcome and impact of pulmonary valve replacement). The post is based in the SofTMech Centre (www.softmech.org), a leading Centre of Mathematics for Healthcare, with primary support from the EPSRC since 2016.

This project will develop new computational models based on patient scan data using cutting-edge mathematical and statistical approaches to derive parameters of heart function of patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot, aiming to provide valuable insights into the cardiac condition for doctors and patients. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in nonlinear mechanics and computational modelling of the heart. A background in soft tissue mechanics and cardiovascular system would be advantageous. We are seeking a candidate with a background in applied mathematics or continuum mechanics or a closely related discipline. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

This position is full time and with funding for 36 months. The closing data is 24th August 2022. For more information and to apply online: https://my.corehr.com/pls/uogrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=092869. Please contact hao.gao@glasgow.ac.uk for further details about this project.

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.

Postdoctoral position in computational cardiovascular modeling @Michigan State University

The Computational Biomechanics Lab at Michigan State University is looking to fill fixed-term research associate positions. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in either mechanical, biomedical, aeronautical, civil engineering, or equivalent field with a strong foundation in programming (C++ and python), computational mechanics, and the finite element method. Special consideration will be given to candidates who are familiar with the open-source finite element library FEniCS, cardiac finite element modeling, medical image processing, and machine learning. The candidate is expected to possess excellent communication and writing skills. In this position, the candidate will work to develop multiscale/multiphysics formulations and code to solve problems related to the cardiovascular system. Additionally, the selected candidate will be expected to help mentor students and publish peer-reviewed journal articles. The successful candidate will enjoy ample training and network!

Outstanding candidates are invited to submit a letter of application detailing their relevant background, providing the names and e-mail addresses of at least three references, a CV to the webpage: careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/509746/research-associatefixed-term

For more information, please contact Dr. Lik Chuan Lee at lclee@egr.msu.edu

Post-doctoral position in Numerical modeling of the mechanical effect of a compression device on the leg @Mines Saint-Etienne

Academic Context: The post-doctoral fellow will join the STBio team, from the Centre Ingénierie et
Santé (Mines Saint-Etienne) and the SaInBioSE laboratory (INSERM U1059), whose research activities
are focused on soft tissue biomechanics. For several years, STBio has been working on the interactions
between medical textile devices and the skin, in order to better understand their mechanisms of action
and/or to prevent certain complications.

Background: The device under study is a very innovative system developed for the treatment of
lymphedema. It consists of a compressive envelope with a structured inner face. Although several
clinical investigations have shown its efficiency, its mechanism of action remains poorly understood. It
is based on the interface pressure, but also on its spatial and temporal variation, that is exerted on the
surface of the skin. The geometrical structure of the inner face determines these pressure variations.

Application deadline: 13 july 2022

More information: https://institutminestelecom.recruitee.com/l/en/o/postdoctorante-postdoctorant-modelisation-numerique-de-leffet-mecanique-dun-dispositif-de-compression-sur-la-jambe

Tenure track (junior professorship) in tissue Biomechanics @LMGC, University of Montpellier

As part of the development of research activities in biomechanics and teaching activities in mechanical engineering, the University of Montpellier is recruiting for a non-permanent position of junior research professor in soft tissue biomechanics. Through here/his project, she/he will increase our knowledge and understanding of poro-elastic fibrous tissues (with a focus on cartilages) and of the contact mechanisms between those tissues in joints. Understanding these behaviors, including fluid-structure mechanisms could lead to (i) better understanding of the mechanobiological behavior and growth of cartilage and (ii) better understanding and modeling of contact mechanisms within joints and thus propose strategies for rehabilitation. Robotic solutions, different imaging modalities (US, MRI, microCT, microsopy,…), biosensors and 3D bioprinting may be developed/used in here/his research project, with the help of collaborative research between labs of the University.

More information:

http://www.lmgc.univ-montp2.fr/spip.php?article275&lang=fr

Senior Scientist position human movement biomechanics @TU Wien

Senior Scientist and head of newly built and equipped human movement lab staff position for a biomechanical engineer with mechanical/mechatronics engineering background and interest in Human Movement Biomechanics and development of assistive devices, available at Vienna University of Technology. The position is initially limited to two years, extension to permanent position possible.

More information: https://www.ikp.tuwien.ac.at/biomech/news/EN/

Postdoctoral researcher position on articular cartilage developmental biomechanics @University College Dublin

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Developmental Biomechanics Group. The research project is focussed on cartilage development and healing, and will be in close collaboration with Prof Pieter Brama from the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. Experimental (wet lab, e.g., histology) experience (ideally) with musculoskeletal tissues is essential for the position. The funding available is for nine months, but every effort will be made to extend the duration of the position. The start date is asap, and latest July 2022.

More information: https://developmental-biomechanics.org/contact/

If interested in the opportunity, or for further enquiries, please email Prof Nowlan (niamh.nowlan@ucd.ie) your CV in the first instance. 

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

Research Fellow position on Data-driven fitting for the next generation of prosthetic sockets @University of Southampton

Join an exciting interdisciplinary research team of biomedical engineers, prosthetists, physiotherapists, healthcare psychologists, social scientists and software engineers, who are developing a method of designing the bespoke prosthetic ‘socket’ interface between a person and their prosthetic limb, using artificial intelligence (AI) to interpret data from expert clinical designers. 

You will work primarily with academics at the University of Southampton (Dr Alex Dickinson, Dr Cheryl Metcalf, Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall and Dr Peter Worsley) on a project led by company partner Radii Devices Ltd (Dr Joshua Steer), with prosthetics service provider Opcare / Ability Matters Ltd.

Application deadline: Monday 28 February 2022

More information:

https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=1700622DA&fbclid=IwAR1SKX7sFdqYbcG0_6nbBtzVteUZIWp9Ooul6aKXEwCwK6vtOmzS81hZBEE

Post Doc Position @KL Krems, Austria

The Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL) is part of an academic and research community located at the Campus Krems, and includes a network of comprising teaching hospitals in St. Pölten, Krems, Tulln and Eggenburg. KL is committed to raising its profile in specific areas of biomedicine, biomedical engineering, and biopsychosocial sciences by entering into strategic academic and research partnerships with other institutions.


From April 2022 the KL offers a 2-year research position at the Division „Biomechanics“ (Head: Univ. Prof. Dr. Dieter Pahr) with the option of getting permanent upon adequate performance:
Research Assistant/ Lab Manager (Post Doc) (40 h) (f/m/d). The Division Biomechanics is part of Prof. Pahr’s Interuniversity Biomechanics Laboratory, which also includes his research group at the TU Wien.


Your tasks:
• Independent experimental research activities in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics
• Publication activities and writing of applications for external funding
• Teaching and support in administrative tasks
• Supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students
• Administration and maintenance of the laboratory infrastructure
• Support of the laboratory head


Your Profile:
• Completion of a suitable doctorate (e.g. mechanical engineering, physics, biomedical engineering, …)
• In-depth knowledge in biomechanical testing (material and/or implant testing incl. programming of measurement data analysis)
• Appropriate track record of publications in scientific journals as well as conference contributions.
• Experience with clinic-related research and imaging techniques (CT or MRI) would be an advantage
• Good German and very good English skills, both written and spoken
• Process-oriented, accurate, structured way of working with a strong ability to prioritize
• Open, resilient and flexible personality with a professional attitude


Your Perspective:
You can expect a challenging job in a highly motivated team. KL is committed to an anti-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities and diversity. KL specifically encourages qualified people with different diversity characteristics (gender, age, ethnicity, denomination, sexual orientation, etc.) to apply. The minimum monthly gross salary for this position is 3,500 € (40 hrs) gross per month. Readiness for overpayment exists with appropriate experience and qualification.

Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae and credentials and should be mailed by 13th of March 2022 referring to jobnumber “2202” to Ms. Christina Schwaiger of the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria (bewerbung@kl.ac.at ).