24th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics @ WCB2018

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The 24th Congress of ESB will join the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics from 8 – 12 July 2018 in the Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland’s purpose built international conference and event venue situated in the very heart of Dublin city.

The World Congress of Biomechanics is held once every 4 years and is the premier meeting worldwide in its field. Many of the main international biomechanics societies will fold their 2018 annual meetings into the 2018 World Congress, hence you can expect to meet many of your colleagues in Dublin.

For further information including registration and abstract submission, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin!

ERC-Funded PhD Position in Computational Modelling of Bone Adaptation and Regeneration – ETHZ

The Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics headed by Prof. Ralph Müller at the Department of Health Sciences & Technology, Institute for Biomechanics at ETH Zurich is offering an
ERC-Funded PhD Position in Computational Modelling of Bone Adaptation and Regeneration
The aim of the research is to develop computational models of bone adaptation and regeneration incorporating data from the cellular to the organ scale. A range of computational models exist which propose a variety of mechanisms by which bone is adapting and regenerating at both tissue and the cell level. Simulations become especially useful when examining complex mechanically driven systems such as the bone remodeling process and therefore have been gaining momentum in the scientific community. Unfortunately, the insight, which can be provided by cell or tissue level models, is limited, while the two systems remain unlinked and validation with detailed cell-level data are still lacking. Within this position, therefore, novel computational tools will be developed to simulate the mechanoregulation in bone associated with adaptation and regeneration. A multiscale model will be developed combining three types of computer models: Boolean networks to model interaction between molecules and cells; cellular automaton to model bone microstructure; and micro-finite element analysis to calculate mechanical tissue loading; the mechanical signal for the bone cells. In the end, these simulations will be compared to in vivo data from an animal experimental study. This PhD project is embedded in a larger group effort funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through an ERC Advanced Grant called MechAGE, which aims to investigate in vivo single-cell mechanomics of bone adaptation and regeneration in the aging mouse.
The successful candidate holds or will soon receive a master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Applied Mathematics, preferably with some background in computational modelling with cellular automaton and Boolean networks. It is essential that the candidate is willing and motivated to work on the foundations of biological computer modelling and simulation. Additionally, excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) are required.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a motivation letter, CV, university transcripts and names and contact details of two references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the group please visit our website www.bone.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Patrik Christen by email patrik.christen[at]hest.ethz.ch (no applications).

PhD position in Biomechanics – Karl Landsteiner University of Health Science

 

Established in 2013, 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 and Tulln. The university offers degree programmes in Human Medicine, Psychotherapy, Counselling Sciences and Psychology, which are tailored to the requirements of the Bologna model, opening the door to new, cutting-edge health professions. 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.

Starting at January 2018, the department of anatomy and biomechanics (division of biomechanics, Prof. Dieter Pahr, dieter.pahr@kl.ac.at) offers a research position, which is limited to the duration of three years:

PhD Position in Biomechanics

Your responsibilities:

  • Participation in the funded research projects
  • In more detail, using of micro CT imaging, biomechanical testing, finite element simulations, and 3d printing
  • Programming of evaluation- and analysis scripts
  • Assistance in teaching in the fields of mathematics, physics, informatics and biomedical engineering
  • Engagement in other research projects

Your profile:

  • Degree in civil or mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, technical physics, or similar fields
  • Basic knowledge in programming, biomechanics, imaging (CT), experimental material characterization
  • Good English skills
  • Skills in script programming as well as experience in finite elements simulations of advantage
  • The willingness to support teaching, experience is of advantage
  • Self-responsible and reliable working approach
  • Interest on scientific working and writing a dissertation thesis
  • Friendly and team oriented personality

Your perspective:

  • You can expect a challenging job in an internationally recognized and highly motivated team

Research Topics

  • Biomechanical characterization and FEA simulations in the field of endochondral ossification for bone regeneration
  • Biomechanical investigation of the degradation behavior and FEA simulation in the field of biodegradable magnesium alloys for implants

 

The Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences is dedicated to achieving a balanced mix of male and female academic and non-academic staff. Consequently, applications from female candidates are particularly welcome. The minimum gross salary for this position is € 2,045. Overpayment based on the internal salary structure and individual qualifications and experience is possible.

 

Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and credentials and should be mailed by 19. November 2017 to Ms. Christina Schwaiger of the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences,

Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria (bewerbung@kl.ac.at).

The division of biomechanics is constantly looking for pre-doc candidates. Therefore, we also accept unsolicited applications after the deadline.

European Calcified Tissue Society Webinar: bone implant interface

ECTS Academy Webinar: Multiscale characterization of the biomechanical properties of the bone-implant

Live Webinar: 29 November 2017, 3-4pm CET

Webinar objectives:

Learn about the cutting-edge science and career paths of the most successful young scientists in Europe
Ask questions to better develop your own career plan
Learn from the questions of peers
Benefit from the knowledge of speakers on how to apply for ERC grants

Format:

25 min science presentation
10 min presentation of the career path
25 min Q&A

Speaker:

Dr. Guillaume Haiat

ECTS Academy Webinar

ESBiomech Newsletter Autumn 2017

We are pleased to present our 2017 Autumn Newsletter with the latest ESB news, reports from ESB conference and honouring award winning researchers, and updates from our corporate members.

Please contact us with ideas of items you would like to see on our website and newsletter and these will be considered as the society continues to expand. If you do not wish to receive mailings including the newsletter and other updates from the European Society of Biomechanics you can update your settings in the membership section of the website here:

I hope you find the newsletter useful and informative.

Mark Thompson – publication.chair@esbiomech.org

 

5th SIMBIO-M International Conference

5th SIMBIO-M International Conference
18-19 June 2018
Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
https://www.simbio-m.eu/

This conference is organized every other year, aiming at introducing new technologies, advances and tools in the fields of Biomechanics and Biomedical engineering. The focus is on research and in particular introduction of young researchers into the applications world.

ESB members receive a 50 euro (PhD students) to 110 euro (industry) reduction on the registration fee.

Research Assistant (Postdoc) position @ University of Portsmouth in bone regeneration

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a research assistant (RA) to contribute to the project “Development of first in vitro protocol for bone formation from osteoregenerative biomaterials”, resulting from a collaborative effort between two research centres at the University of Portsmouth (Zeiss Global Centre: http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-engineering/zeiss-global-centre/ and Biomaterials and Drug Delivery: http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-pharmacy-and-biomedical-sciences/research/biomaterials-and-drug-delivery/), one at the University of Southampton (Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/chdscr/about/academics/richard_oreffo.page) and the  commercial partner CellScale (http://cellscale.com/).

The project aims to develop the first in vitro protocol for bone regeneration induced by osteoregenerative biomaterials. This will be achieved through investigation of the relationship between the mechanical characteristics of the employed biomaterials and their ability to produce new bone in a biological environment. The research will provide a better understanding of bone formation when simulated physiological loading is applied, resulting in the development of optimised bone repair materials. In addition, correlative imaging combining confocal microscopy, x-ray microscopy and mechanical testing will ensure in-depth knowledge of the entire transition from cell activity to regenerated bone quality. Overall, the project will provide an initial platform aiming at substituting animal studies in the next future and representing a breakthrough methodological tool for the development of new bone treatments.

The successful candidate should have a strong background in at least two of the following areas: bioengineering, mechanobiology, x-ray/confocal microscopy, mechanical testing and biomaterial formulation. The RA will work in a dynamic environment and benefit from the existing collaborative research between partners.

The post is based at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, with the appointment effective from 2nd January 2018, or as soon as possible after offer. For informal enquiries about the project please contact Dr Gianluca Tozzi at gianluca.tozzi@port.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)23 9284 2514.

Applications should be submitted via the online application system at https://port.engageats.co.uk by the closing date. It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s online application system.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science and engineering. The University of Portsmouth holds an Athena Swan bronze award and is committed to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for men and women.

For detailed information about the vacancy, please select this link:ZZ004184 – Research Assistant.docx

PhD position with focus on muscle and tendon adaptation in youth athletes, Berlin, Germany

The Berlin School of Movement Science (BSMS), graduate school of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is offering a

PhD position with focus on muscle and tendon adaptation in youth athletes

for a period of 3 (4) years hosted at the Department of Training and Movement Sciences of the same university starting in January 2018.

Project description
The purpose of the research project focuses on the adaptation of muscle and tendon in youth athletes. In young, growing athletes, the development of muscle and tendon tissue is influenced both by maturation and mechanical loading. Recent evidence suggests that the interaction of these two driving stimuli could increase increased the risk of developing imbalances between the strength capacity of muscles during adolescence. However, to date no information is available on the effect of maturation and training in prepubertal children. Therefore, it is important to deepen our understanding of muscle and tendon adaptation during prepubertal maturation, not only with regard to the properties of the muscle-tendon unit as a determinant of sports performance, but also in respect of injury prevention.

The project aims to determine the development of muscle strength and architecture, and tendon mechanical properties of the plantar flexor and knee extensor muscle-tendon unit in prepubertal athletes and untrained children. Joint moments will be determined using dynamometry, inverse dynamics and electromyography, while muscle architecture and tendon elongation will be assessed using ultrasonography.

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in muscle and tendon biomechanics and the development of the musculotendinous system.

Qualifications
– Candidates should hold an MSc or equivalent in Sports Science, Biomechanics, Engineering, Biology or Medical Sciences.
– A very good biomechanical background, together with direct experience in dynamometry and ultrasonography.
– Previous work human muscle architecture and tendon biomechanics in vivo will
constitute an important reason for preference.
– Strong experience in the use of programming languages such as R or MATLAB are desired.
– Very good knowledge of the English language in speaking and writing is required.

Eligibility
– With the beginning of the scholarship the Master or equivalent studies must be completed.
– The latest degree may not date back longer than 6 years.
– At the time of the nomination the candidate may not be in Germany for more than 15 months.
– During the scholarship period, staying abroad is limited to 9 months in total and no longer than 3 months per year.

The position is funded with a DAAD scholarship (Graduate School Scholarship Programme) and it includes:
– Monthly scholarship of 1000.00 €.
– Health, accident and liability insurance.
– Funding of a German language course (2, 4 or 6 months).

Application procedure
The application can only be submitted electronically. It should be written in English and must contain the following:
– Letter of motivation
– Detailed curriculum vitae
– Letter of recommendation by two university professors from the home university, issued during the last 2 years (see the DAAD form attached)
– Copies of certificates or copies of translated documents:
o Copy of the school leaving certificate qualifying for admission to higher education in your own country
o Copies of certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university (transcripts of records)
o Copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications showing grades and explain the home’s grading system

– Certificates of internships (when available)
– The master thesis (or equivalent) and any publications or manuscripts

Contact information for this position
Dr. Falk Mersmann (falk.mersmann@hu-berlin.de, +49 (0) 30 2093 46010)
We invite you to apply before the 31st October 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. Please send your application document via email to: falk.mersmann@hu-berlin.de

The Department of Training and Movement Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin provides basic and applied research in the areas of training and movement sciences as well as biomechanics. Our main research fields include adaptation mechanisms of mechanical and morphological properties of muscles and tendons, plasticity of movement control and interaction between the neuronal and musculoskeletal systems in order to increase human performance and improve life quality.

PhD position with focus on the human neuromuscular function, Berlin, Germany

The Berlin School of Movement Science (BSMS), graduate school of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is offering a

PhD position with focus on the human neuromuscular function during perturbed movement

for a period of 3 (4) years hosted at the Department of Training and Movement Sciences of the same university starting in January 2018.

Project description

The purpose of the research project focuses on the neural control of the lower limb muscle-tendon unit function during perturbed motion in humans. According to daily life situations,

perturbation paradigms may be continuous and/or acute as well as unexpected and/or predictable. Different perturbations will be induced electro-mechanically by drops in surface height during contact phases of cyclic locomotion and acyclic movements (e.g. jumping) to challenge the system in different configurations of loading and muscle intrinsic properties (force-length-velocity relationship).

To investigate how the central nervous system organizes and uses specific muscle activation patterns (the so-called muscle synergies) to control the muscle-tendon unit behaviour and, thus, global stability, three techniques will be used. First, the electromyographic activity of relevant lower limb muscles will be measured and using a non-negative matrix factorization algorithm the muscle synergies will be extracted. Second, ultrasonography and kinematic analysis will be combined to assess vastus lateralis and gastrocnemius medialis muscle fascicles as well as respective muscle-tendon unit length. Lastly, the local dynamic stability will be estimated using the concept of the Lyapunov exponents.

We are looking for a PhD candidate interested in investigating the neurophysiological and muscle mechanical aspects underlying human motor control of perturbed movements.

Qualifications
– Candidates should hold an MSc or equivalent in Biomechanics, Engineering,
Mathematics or Sport Engineering
– A very good mathematics and physics background, together with direct experience in
signal processing are required.
– Previous work on measurements of surface electromyographic activity,
muscle/tendon ultrasonography and/or dynamic stability will constitute an important reason for preference.
– Strong experience in the use of programming languages such as R or MATLAB.
– Very good knowledge of the English language in speaking and writing is required.

Eligibility
– With the beginning of the scholarship the Master or equivalent studies must be
completed.
– The latest degree may not date back longer than 6 years.
– At the time of the nomination the candidate may not be in Germany for more than 15 months.
– During the scholarship period, staying abroad is limited to 9 months in total and no longer than 3 months per year.

The position is funded with a DAAD scholarship (Graduate School Scholarship Programme) and it includes:
– Monthly scholarship of 1000.00 €.
– Health, accident and liability insurance.
– Funding of a German language course (2, 4 or 6 months).

Application procedure
The application can only be submitted electronically. It should be written in English and must contain the following:
– Letter of motivation
– Detailed curriculum vitae
– Letter of recommendation by two university professors from the home university, issued during the last 2 years (see the DAAD form attached)
– Copies of certificates or copies of translated documents:

o Copy of the school leaving certificate qualifying for admission to higher
education in your own country
o Copies of certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university
(transcripts of records)
o Copies of certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications
showing grades and explain the home’s grading system

– Certificates of internships (when available)
– The master thesis (or equivalent) and any publications or manuscripts

Contact information for this position
Dr. Sebastian Bohm (sebastian.bohm (at) hu-berlin.de, +49 (0) 30 2093 46010)
We invite you to apply before the 31st October 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. Please send your application document via email to: sebastian.bohm (at) hu-berlin.de

The Department of Training and Movement Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin provides basic and applied research in the areas of training and movement sciences as well as biomechanics. Our main research fields include adaptation mechanisms of mechanical and morphological properties of muscles and tendons, plasticity of movement control and interaction between the neuronal and musculoskeletal systems in order to increase human performance and improve life quality.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bone and Joint Biomechanics, Sheffield, UK

Job Title:
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bone and Joint Biomechanics

Description:
A PostDoc position for a highly motivated research scientist to work on a study
funded by the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction
of the usage of animals in research (NC3Rs).
The project aims to enhance the assessment of bone and joint properties in
preclinical studies (mouse models), by combining longitudinal high-resolution
imaging, advanced image processing and computational modelling to non-
invasively measure bone strength from the in vivo images. In this project the
post-holder will create and validate computational models for the prediction of
bone strength at each time point in mice scanned with in vivo microCT that allows for high-resolution scans of the mice tibia. Moreover, the post-holder will adapt our protocols to study in details bone changes in the mouse knee to evaluate the effect of OA. Finally, they will be involved in the design and creation of an online service that measures automatically the bone properties in different portions of the tibia and that can be used worldwide by other researchers.
The post will be based at the Insigneo Institute for In silico Medicine and the
Mellanby Centre for Bone Research in Sheffield. Applicants should hold a PhD in
Engineering, Physics or related disciplines (or being close to submit), be familiar
with experimental, imaging, image processing and computational modelling
techniques for assessment of bone properties. Willingness to use the developed
skills towards the 3Rs is essential. The post is full time for 30 months. The post
holder will report to Dr Enrico Dall’Ara.

Contact: e.dallara@sheffield.ac.uk
Start position: 1 st Dec 2017
Duration: 30 months
Closing application: 24 th October 2017

Link Application (use in Keywords: “UOS017290”):
https://jobs.shef.ac.uk/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_unreg_job_search?sap-client=400&sap-syscmd=nocookie&sap-wd-configId=ZHRRCF_A_UNREG_JOB_SEARCH&sap-
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Salary: Grade 7; £30,175 to £38,183 per annum