Category Archives: Post-doc positions

Research Fellow in Synchrotron Tomographic Imaging of Joint Mechanics @UCL

This post will use tomographic and SAXS imaging and in situ rigs to quantify the impact of physiological loading conditions on the behaviour of our joints. You will further develop experimental methodologies and analysis codes to measure strains at the nanoscale using digital volume correlation (DVC). The post will also work as part of the CZI funded HiP-CT project scaling these techniques up to large animal and potentially human (ex vivo) joints (see https://mecheng.ucl.ac.uk/hip-ct/).

Location: London.

Advert closing on 15 Jan 2023.

More information: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/search-ucl-jobs/details?jobId=2801&jobTitle=Research%20Fellow%20in%20Synchrotron%20Tomographic%20Imaging%20of%20Joint%20Mechanics

Postdoc position in shoulder biomechanics @ETH Zurich

A post-doctoral research fellowship is available at the Institute for Biomechanics (ETH Zurich) under the guidance of Prof. Stephen Ferguson, in collaboration with the Schulthess Klinik represented by Prof. Philipp Moroder. The overarching goal is to establish a reference centre for shoulder biomechanics as a collaborative research group connecting the expertise of the partner institutions in clinical science, surgery, human movement analysis, experimental methods and computer simulation to better understand the mechanisms of shoulder injury and degeneration, to explore improved treatments of trauma and pathology and to establish objective measures of clinical outcome.

The post-doctoral research fellowship is available from 01. March 2023, initially funded for a period of three years, with the vision to extend this, contingent on the successful acquisition of additional third-party funding

For further details and application please visit:

https://www.jobs.ethz.ch/job/view/JOPG_ethz_y4jqbFuUYbH5kIYpcu

For more information, please contact Prof. Stephen Ferguson (sferguson@ethz.ch). Note that no applications will be accepted via email.

Postdoc position in Tomo-SAXS: Dynamic Tomographic and SAXS Imaging of Joint Mechanics @University College London

Closing date 30 september!

UCL is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to be part of an international, EPSRC funded project to couple synchrotron micro-tomography and SAXS to enable imaging of fibrillar tissue in 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. You will be based at Harwell Campus where Diamond Light Source is located, but will also work with collaborators at QMUL, Manchester, and ESRF (Grenoble). You will also work as part of the CZI funded HiP-CT project scaling these techniques up to large animal and human (ex vivo) joints (see mecheng.ucl.ac.uk/hip-ct/).

Your goal will be to adapt in situ rigs for physiological loading for CT and SAXS imaging and develop experiments and analysis codes to measure strains at the nanoscale using digital volume correlation. A second PDRF will lead the 3D-SAXS development.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic international multidisciplinary group of engineers, biologists, beamline scientists, post-docs and PhD students developing and applying synchrotron X-ray and other techniques to study biological systems. The project is led by Dr H Gupta at QMUL, and Prof. PD Lee leads the UCL component. You will be based at Harwell Campus, but will perform experiments at Diamond, ESRF in Grenoble, and other locations.

The position is available immediate for 2 years.

More information:

https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?amNvZGU9MTg4NjUyMCZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05NjUmb3duZXI9NTA0MTE3OCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJmpvYl9yZWZfY29kZT0xODg2NTIwJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQ&jcode=1886520&vt_template=965&owner=5041178&ownertype=fair&brand_id=0&job_ref_code=1886520&posting_code=224

Postdoc position on numerical modelling of additively manufactured alloys @Uppsala University

Project description
Magnesium-based alloys are some of the most promising materials for future degradable implants. With the help of additive manufacturing, patient-specific implants can be created. However, there is limited knowledge of how to manufacture these types of materials using additive manufacturing. One of the challenges is the high reactivity of magnesium, which leads to evaporation in the chamber and too high levels of intermetallic compounds, resulting in excessive degradation rates. One solution could be amorphous alloys. This project aims to use numerical models to develop such types of materials, and design alloys with appropriate degradation and mechanical properties.

Work duties
The work duties within this interdisciplinary research project include conducting high-quality research, in collaboration with other team members, from the design and manufacturing of the alloys, to characterization of the same, results analysis and finally publication of the work. The work involves, among other things, to plan and carry out different types of studies in numerical modelling of materials, in particular through thermodynamic calculations and the development of numerical nucleation and growth models and their implementation in finite element software. Some verification experiments are also expected to be completed, including through synchrotron and neutron studies. The work also includes analysing the results and, through scientific articles and presentations at international conferences, spread the new knowledge.

The position may include some supervision of students in undergraduate and postgraduate education.

More information:

https://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=542805

Application deadline: 25 October 2022!

Postdoc position on Biomechanics of the octopus arm muscle hydrostat in the Bioinspired Soft Robotics Center @ Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

At the Italian Institute of Technologies (IIT) we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times. You’d be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where engineers, computational scientists, and biologists experts collaborate, each with their own expertise, to carry out common research.

A Fellow position for Graduate students or Post-doc on the project: OctoNesys ‘Deciphering the novel principles of the octopus neuromuscular systems control’ is available in the group of Dr. of Letizia Zullo, researcher of the IIT Bioinspired Soft Robotics and Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (NSYN) of Genoa, Italy.

This research focus on investigating ‘Motor control of the Octopus vulgaris arm’ to gain inspiration for soft robotics using technique of muscle biomechanics, electrophysiology, motion kinematics, neural tracing and imaging. The successful candidate will have a strong background in muscle Biomechanics and/or

Neuroscience. Further experience on motion kinematics and coding (Matlab or Python) is an added value.

This position is full time, with funding for 12 months with a competitive salary and starting from October 15th. It may be subject to renewal based on founding availability. Graduate students and Post-doc are welcome to apply.

Job Location is the Center for Synaptic Neuroscience and Technology (NSYN) @ IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genova, Genova, Italy

For further details about this project please contact letizia.zullo@iit.it

To apply please send your cv and motivation letter to letizia.zullo@iit.it

For more information about the research group you can visit https://www.iit.it/it/web/guest/people/-/people/letizia-zullo

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.

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

Post Doc Position @KL Krems (IUBL Lab) 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 Autumn 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. Get some impressions of our recent work from our Youtube Channel!

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 3,670 € (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 to Ms. Christina Schwaiger of the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria (bewerbung@kl.ac.at ) referring to jobnumber “2202”. There is the possibility of an ongoing job application until a suitable candidate is found.

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ON MECHANOBIOLOGY OF BIOENGINEERED MICROVASCULAR NETWORKS @KU Leuven

Application deadline is June 21, 2022

The MAtrix / Mechanobiology & Tissue Engineering research group (www.mech.kuleuven.be/mechanobiology) is a bioengineering group that is pioneering the role of cellular forces for microvascular formation and function in health and disease. The group is led by prof. Hans Van Oosterwyck and is one of the few groups worldwide that has established 3D Traction Force Microscopy (TFM) routines and workflows for quantifying cellular force exertion in 3D, and routinely applies them to in vitro models of angiogenesis (endothelial invasion). Together with its research partners, it is currently developing novel in vitro models, compatible with TFM and other methods of cellular force inference, to study the interplay between cellular force exertion, matrix mechanics and fluid flow, and how this interplay contributes to endothelial cell phenotypic changes in the context of endothelial heterogeneity and specific (genetic) diseases that lead to microvascular malformations.
The group is looking for a postdoc with strong expertise in the in vitro bioengineering of microvascular networks to strengthen the research team.

The ideal candidate must have:
– a PhD in bioengineering or related fields.
– strong bioengineering skills relevant for 3D in vitro models of vascular biology, such as micro- or mesofluidics, micro- / biofabrication (e.g. 3D printing), 3D endothelial (co-) culture systems, hydrogel synthesis and functionalization, mechanical design.
– experience with optical microscopy, preferably live cell imaging in 3D (confocal microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, genetically-engineered fluorescent reporter systems).
– some experience with or exposure to scientific computing (such as finite element modelling) and programming (such as Matlab).
– a strong interest in mechanobiology and mechanotransduction, with a desire to learn TFM and related methods.
– a strong CV and willingness to apply for a personal postdoc fellowship (together with the PI).
– a collaborative attitude; we are looking for a real team player who is willing to help and co-supervise master and PhD students.

You will join a KU Leuven-funded project that is in close collaboration with profs. Liz Jones and Aernout Luttun (Centre for Molecular and Vascular Biology at KU Leuven) and that explores how organ-specific endothelial cell heterogeneity arises from the combination of genetic and mechanical signals. Your role is to explore the role of cellular force exertion in the establishment of organ-specific endothelial phenotypes in combination with extrinsic mechanical signals related to organ-specific matrix mechanics and fluid flow. Apart from using and optimizing recently established monolayer models available in our group, you are expected to develop novel 3D in vitro models of perfused vascular networks compatible with cellular force inference. Apart from the application to the study of endothelial cell heterogeneity, these models must also target the study of microvascular disease, in particular Cerebral Cavernous Malformations (CCMs) which are malformations of the brain microcapillaries. As to the latter, the Van Oosterwyck group has a strong partnership with the research group of dr. Eva Faurobert at the Institute for Advanced Biosciences (University of Grenoble, France), with whom you are expected to closely collaborate as well.

More information:

Application deadline is June 21, 2022.
Contact person: prof. Hans Van Oosterwyck (hans.vanoosterwyck@kuleuven.be).