Category Archives: PhD/Master student positions

PhD Scholarship on Optimal hip implant design with additively manufactured porous structures @Universidad de Navarra

Worldwide the increase in the geriatric population with musculoskeletal problems and the increase in the incidence of sports injuries and traffic accidents are contributing to the growth of knee, hip, or spine surgeries. Current surgical treatments, generally placing implants, significantly improve the quality of life of patients. However, patients who have had surgery at a young age are very likely to need revision surgery due to implant failure, with the complications that this entails due to the poor condition of the tissue around the implant. To meet the challenging demands of orthopedic implants, complex porous structures that improve the biomimicry between the implant and the surrounding bone tissue are gaining special interest thanks to the development of Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Within this context, the Mechanics of Materials and Advanced Manufacturing research group in TECNUN- Engineering Faculty of University of Navarra (San Sebastian, Spain) has recently been awarded a research project to optimize the design of hip implants through additively manufactured porous structures. The successful PhD candidate’s activities include the design, manufacturing and in-vitro validation of such structures, with special focus on exploring the possibilities of metal additive manufacturing for biomedical applications.

We are currently accepting applications from enthusiastic and highly talented candidates who meet the following requirements:

–             A MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar.

–             Experience in additive manufacturing and/or computational biomechanics is appreciated.

–             A research-oriented attitude.

–             Fluent in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Spanish will be appreciated.

Outstanding candidates are invited to submit a CV and a Motivation Letter to Dr Naiara Rodriguez-Florez (nrodriguezf@tecnun.es).

PhD position in Biomechanics & Modelling @Balgrist University Hospital and AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland

Pseudoarthrosis is a common complication of spondylodesis and occurs in 5-35% of all cases. Besides biological factors, mechanics play a key role in the success of treatment and must be ensured by appropriate fixations. Validated patient-specific computer simulations could help avoiding mechanics-related issues in spondylodesis and thus reducing pseudarthrosis rates.

Within this context, the Spine Biomechanics group of the Balgrist University Hospital (Zurich, Switzerland) and the Biomedical Development Program of the AO Research Institute Davos (Davos, Switzerland) are looking for a highly motivated individual holding a master’s degree in engineering to work as a PhD student at the two hosts in a shared setting and to be enrolled in the PhD program of ETH Zurich. The successful candidate’s activities will be focused on the development and validation of an analysis framework combining biomechanical testing, medical image processing and computer simulations.

The position is available for a duration of 4 years. For further details and application please visit:

https://careers.aofoundation.org/job/Davos-Platz/860647301/

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Varga (peter.varga@aofoundation.org). Note that no applications will be accepted via email.

PhD position on the role of hypoxia signaling in cartilage health @University of Oulu

Healthy cartilage functions in an environment with low oxygen levels (normoxia) and changes in oxygen sensing have been associated with osteoarthritis. This project aims to clarify hypoxia signaling in cartilage with varying mechanical loading and oxygen pressures. Ultimately our research aims to identify potential therapeutic molecules that can prevent cartilage degeneration and osteoarthritis.

The position is supervised by Dr. Mikko Finnilä, who has recently formed his own research group that studies musculoskeletal biomaterials. His group is focused on imaging and biomechanics of tissues and biomaterials to identify more effective materials for musculoskeletal repair. Group has active collaboration internationally as well as with local industry. The most important collaborators for this project are Prof. Marcy Zenobi-Wong (ETH Zurich) and Prof. Peppi Karppinen (Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine).

More information:

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&lang=en&id=000014020&jc=1

PhD scholarship on Integrating Four-Dimensional Synchrotron Imaging and Computational Modeling at QUT/UPEC/USASK

Institutes: Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia), University of Paris Est (UPEC, France), and University of Saskatchewan (USASK, Canada).

Supervisors: Prof. Peter Pivonka (QUT, peter.pivonka@qut.edu.au) and Prof. Vittorio Sansalone (MSME UPEC, vittorio.sansalone@u-pec.fr)

Résumé: We seek to better understand how cortical bone is affected by osteoporosis and drug treatments. Longitudinal experimental data in a rabbit model of osteoporosis will be collected by Prof David Cooper (USASK) at the Canadian Synchrotron. The successful PhD candidate will use machine learning algorithms to assess morphological changes in cortical bone and to track bone remodeling units over time using co-registration techniques based on provided synchrotron imaging data. Additionally, the candidate will develop a computational model to predict changes in cortical porosity and effects on bone matrix properties due to osteoporosis and other treatment regimens developing state-of-the-art bone adaptation algorithms.

Closing date: Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded, but applications will be assessed early October, 2022.

More information (salary, essential and desirable criteria, etc.) here:

PhD position in Neuroscience & Biomechanics @University of Limerick

The Esports Science Research lab in Lero at the University of Limerick was founded in 2019 and
is the first lab dedicated to pursuing excellence in esports health and performance science
research initiatives in Europe. With over 15 peer reviewed journal publications, multiple
industry collaborations and over 1.5 million in funding over the past 5 years, the lab, which
hosts a multidisciplinary team led by Professor Mark Campbell and Dr. Adam Toth, continues to
thrive and grow and is now proud to announce that it has been awarded funding to take on a
fully funded PhD student in the area of Neuroscience & Biomechanics under the supervision of
Dr. Toth and Professor Campbell.

More information:

PhD on Computational Assessment of Spinal Instability in Scoliosis @TUEindhoven

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a 3D deformity of the spine affecting previously healthy
children, substantially reducing their quality of life and creating a life-long burden of disease.
Till now, no curative treatment exists partly because its cause and disease mechanism are still
unknown. In this ERC funded project, we will uncover whether a complex perfect storm of
anatomical, biomechanical and mechanobiological causes in the intervertebral disc are
responsible AIS.

During the adolescent growth spurt, many changes are occurring in our spines. If tissue
maturation is not matched by increasing loads and changes in shape, this could lead to spinal
instability and excessive tissue strains. Until now this was not possible to study because AIS
only occurs in human children and there were no safe methods to image their spines
repeatedly during growth. In the ERC project, we are running a clinical study using newly
developed MRI-based synthetic CT imaging to collect such information in normal and AIS
children.

In this PhD research, we will first develop methods to generate subject-specific FE spine
models. These will be based on a combination of landmark recognition, statistical
shape/appearance modeling and machine learning methods. Once validated against imaging
and biomechanical data from cadaveric spines, subject-specific multi-scale motion segment
and spine models will be generated from the imaging data to explore spinal instability and
intervertebral disc deformations during growth in the children of the clinical study.

The PhD candidate will contribute to a multi-disciplinary team of biomedical engineers, imaging
scientists and spine surgeons, from the student to senior level, working on engineering,
biological, imaging and clinical studies. An educational and professional development program
is offered to all PhD candidates. You will also be involved in teaching courses, as well as
contribute to the supervision of bachelor and master students. Based on your research, you
will be expected to present at conferences, publish in scientific journals and write a doctoral
dissertation.

More information:

PhD position on modeling the effect of bleeding disorders on bone biology @University of Leeds

The multidisciplinary institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds is seeking a PhD applicant to study the effect of bleeding disorders on bone and joints biomechanics. The successful candidate will contribute to computational models of bone and joints, and assess how bone biology is affected by bleeding disorders. They will have a strong background in computational mathematics or engineering. More information available at https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1388-an-engineering-approach-to-assess-effect-of-bleeding-on-bone-for-patients-with-bleeding-disorders.

Please contact Dr Marlène Mengoni (m.mengoni@leeds.ac.uk) before applying online.

PhD position at LS2P lab, CEA, Grenoble, in collaboration with Mines Saint-Etienne, SAINBIOSE (France)

The LS2P laboratory (from its French name, Laboratoire des Systèmes Portés par la Personne) develops non-invasive devices for measuring physiological parameters such as heart rate, oxygen saturation or blood pressure. A strong integration is a key factor from the design stage of the sensors. This allows them to be integrated into bracelets, patches or headbands to make them compatible with their daily use. The robustness of the measurement is a key factor in the relevance of these devices. It is obtained thanks to sensor technology and the performance of on-board signal processing algorithms. It also requires a good understanding of the physiology of the person faced with the disturbances encountered in daily life. The design of these devices is based on the development and use of numerical models to simulate the behavior of the human body. The doctoral student will integrate the "pôle avatar numerical" team of the laboratory to study a deformable 3D model of the forearm and its vascular system. Digital signatures will then be defined to assess the influence of the persons position and movements on the dynamics of the vascular system. The results obtained will be validated by the analysis of experimental data. We are looking for a candidate with a solid experience in mechanics and numerical modeling (CFD, FEM). Good programming skills are required and preferably previous experience in the development of computational mechanics tools. Motivation and interest in bioengineering is recommended. Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required.

More information: 
https://www.theses-postdocs.cea.fr/offre-de-emploi/emploi-signatures-numeriques-du-systeme-cardiovasculaire-de-l-avant-bras_20149.aspx 

2 PhD positions in the Health & Technology PhD program @University of Bologna

The second 2022 call (PNRR) for the PhD positions at the University of Bologna is online:

https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/phd/2022-2023/health-and-technologies

Applications must be submitted before 23:59 of 2 August 2022. Two exciting projects are open at this time:

1) “Fusing clinical measures and data for the development of personalized musculoskeletal models”.  Tutors: Prof. Marco Viceconti (UniBo), Prof. Maria Grazia Benedetti (Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute)

2) “Computational modelling of vertebrae affected by metastasis for clinical diagnosis”  Tutors: Prof. Luca Cristofolini (UniBo), Dott. Giovanni Barrbanti (Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute)

More positions will probably be added in the next days… keep monitoring the website!

More information about the PhD program in Health and Technology can be found here: 

https://phd.unibo.it/hat/en/

While applying, candidates should indicate the project they mainly apply for, but they can also indicate other additional projects they are interested in.  

Please circulate this information to perspective candidates!

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.