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Post-Doc in Clinical-related Musculoskeletal Biomechanics @ Krems, Austria

POST DOC IN MUSCULOSKELETAL BIOMECHANIK (PROF. PAHR) 40 HOURS (F/M/D) -2 YEARS POSITION

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 programs in Human Medicine and Psychology and 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.

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 1aintenance 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 (or willingness to learn German in the short term) 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 an internationally visible and highly motivated team -we offer flexible working hours, home office options, a paid lunch break, health care and many other benefits . 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 encouraged. People with disabilities who meet the required qualification criteria are expressly invited to apply and are given special consideration. The minimum classification is € 3,700 (40 hrs) gross per month. Readiness for overpayment exists with appropriate experience and qualification. Fixed-term contract for 2 years, possibility of extension (path to permanency / tenure) in case of appropriate performance.

APPLICATION

Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae and credentials and should be mailed by 22 nd of Feburary 2023 referring jobnumber “2301” to Ms. Christina Schwaiger to bewerbung@kl.ac.at

Post-doc position in Computational Biomechanics @ University of Bologna

The specific goal of this post-doctoral research position is the further development, deployment, and clinical application of clinical digital twins for risk-based stratification of patients affected by musculoskeletal dysmetabolism (osteopenia and sarcopenia). This is the context of Heal Italia projects, a national research project funded by the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan. The project aims to apply precision medicine approaches by developing risk-based stratification algorithms and providing scientific open-access evidence to health policymakers.

The post-doc is expected to translate existing digital twin technologies developed in other projects into use in specific clinical studies on osteopenia and sarcopenia. This will require some adaptations to the modelling technology, their deployment to appropriate infrastructures, and their use to conduct specific clinical studies where the models’ predictions are used for risk-based stratification.

The ideal candidate would have these qualifications:

  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Documented experience in patient-specific biomechanical or mechanobiological modelling.
  • Experience with finite element analysis and/or multi-body dynamics in biomechanics.
  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, Movement Science, or Computer Science, not strictly required though.

Eligibility:

The selected post-doc will mainly work on:

  • Develop further computational biomechanics patient-specific models.
  • Deploy them on dedicated infrastructures that enable their use in clinical studies.
  • Run clinical studies based on these Clinical Digital Twins.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team coordinated by Prof. Marco Viceconti, and in collaboration with a large national consortium.

Application: 

More info and how to apply here: 

https://bandi.unibo.it/ricerca/assegni-ricerca?id_bando=66174

The deadline for applications is 06 February 2023.

The research will be conducted both at the University of Bologna and at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna.

Further information:

If you are interested or want more information, please contact Alessandra Aldieri: alessandra.aldieri@polito.it

PhD position on Computational and Experimental Analysis of the Parametric Left Atrial Appendage to Assess the Risk of Thrombus Formation @ UCL

EPSRC DTP PhD studentship

Duration: 4 years of funding

Project description:

Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia, affects 9% for individuals over 65 years, and it is the leading cause of thromboembolic events, such as stroke and vascular dementia. 90% of thrombi responsible for thromboembolic events during AF originate in the left atrial appendage (LAA), a protrusion of the left atrium (LA).

The project aims at analyzing different morphologies of the LA+LAA district with computational and experimental methods to perform a systematic analysis of the sensitivity of each geometrical parameter (e.g. number/dimension of lobes and trabeculae, orifice shape/dimension) influencing the fluid-dynamics, and therefore thrombus formation.

The objectives are: 1) Creating a generalised parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) model of the LA+LAA district. 2) Developing Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) models, imposing physiological and pathological (i.e. AF) conditions, investigating the relations between LA+LAA shape and heamodynamics with the risk of thrombus formation. 3) Manufacturing physical models with optically transparent compliant polymers mimicking LA/LAA tissue distensibility, to perform experimental tests using dyes in a specifically adapted hydro-mechanical pulse duplicator system (ViVitro Systems Inc.) to validate the computational model. The final result will be a practical classification tool supporting clinicians in the stratification of patients at risk of thrombosis, easy to immediately translate into practice.

This project is highly interdisciplinary, involving engineering experimental and computational skills, in constant contact with cardiologists and clinical morphologists, exposing the PhD student to a multidisciplinary engineering approach to tackle a very timely clinical problem. The student will take advantage of a well set-up network of collaborations among different UCL Departments (Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Institute of Healthcare Engineering) and Clinical Institutions (The Barts Health NHS Trust – the largest Trust in the UK – and UCLH). Applicants should ideally have experience in: • FE/CFD/FSI modelling • Experimental testing • Matlab/Python/C++ programming • Machine learning

Link with info

https://ucl-epsrc-dtp.github.io/2023-24-project-catalogue/projects/2228bd1126.html

Link to apply

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/epsrc-doctoral-training/prospective-students/apply-ucl-epsrc-dtp-studentship#funding

Postdoc Position in Multiphoton Intravital Imaging of Heterotopic Ossification @ETH Zurich

The postdoctoral position is embedded within the SNSF Sinergia project SLIHI4BONE (Nr. 213520, project start 01.04.2023) focusing on a newly-proposed mechanism explaining the formation of bone in soft tissue, also called heterotopic ossification (doi:10.1016/j.mattod.2018.10.036). According to this mechanism, tissue mineralization may provoke a sustained local ionic homeostatic imbalance (SLIHI), and this local decrease in extracellular calcium may modulate inflammation to trigger bone formation. The general project aim is to assess the validity of this mechanism and to use it for healing large bone defects.

For the multiphoton intravital imaging work package within SLIHI4BONE, we are looking for a motivated Postdoc to join the Institute for Biomechanics at ETH Zurich. The successful candidate will closely interact with the Sinergia collaboration partners at RMS Foundation and ARI Davos:
• Development of intravital imaging protocols for HO and impaired bone healing using time-lapsed micro-computed tomography and multiphoton microscopy
• Extension of intravital imaging technology to include ratiometric imaging for the quantification of bone marrow interstitial pH and calcium concentrations
• Imaging support for in vivo experiments

Further information about the Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics can be found on our website www.bone.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Ralph Müller at ram@ethz.ch (no applications).

PhD Position in Advanced In Vivo Imaging of Heterotopic Ossification @ETH Zurich

The PhD position is embedded within the SNSF Sinergia project SLIHI4BONE (Nr. 213520, project start 01.04.2023) focusing on a newly-proposed mechanism explaining the formation of bone in soft tissue, also called heterotopic ossification (doi:10.1016/j.mattod.2018.10.036). According to this mechanism, tissue mineralization may provoke a sustained local ionic homeostatic imbalance (SLIHI), and this local decrease in extracellular calcium may modulate inflammation to trigger bone formation. The general project aim is to assess the validity of this mechanism and to use it for healing large bone defects.

For the advanced in vivo imaging work packages within SLIHI4BONE, we are looking for a motivated PhD candidate to join the Institute for Biomechanics at ETH Zurich. The successful candidate will closely interact with the Sinergia collaboration partners at RMS Foundation and ARI Davos. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the PhD program of ETH Zurich. Tasks and activities will include:
• Development of advanced in vivo imaging protocols for HO and impaired bone healing using time-lapsed micro-computed tomography and multiphoton imaging
• Extension of internal Python-based computational framework for 4D image analysis and morphometric quantification
• Imaging and computational support for in vivo experiments


Further information about the Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics can be found on our website www.bone.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Ralph Müller at ram@ethz.ch (no applications).

Post-doc position in Computational Biomechanics @ University of Bologna

In the relation to the start of the EDITH project, an EU-funded Coordination and Support Action on the ecosystem for Digital Twins in healthcare, there is a new open post-doc position at University of Bologna in the In Silico Medicine group cordinated by Prof. Marco Viceconti (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/marco.viceconti/). 

EDITH is a Coordination and Support Actions (https://www.edith-csa.eu/) project founded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL-2021-DEPLOY-01-TWINS-HEALTH). The project aims to foster an inclusive and sustainable ecosystem for Digital Twins in healthcare (DTH) in Europe. EDITH will pave the road to the next revolution around In Silico Medicine. This is a unique opportunity to be an actor in the digital transformation of the European healthcare!

The selected post-doc will mainly work on:

– Map DTH resources (i.e., models, datasets, methods, best practices, infrastructures, services).

– Analyse current regulatory pathways for the qualification and technology assessment of DTH technologies.

– Further develop, validate, and deploy digital twin methodologies that use a subject-specific FE models for orthopedic applications.

Eligibility:
The ideal candidate would have these qualifications:

– PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science and in possession of a scientific-professional curriculum suitable for carrying out research activities.

– Very good English language knowledge.

– Advanced knowledge in computer modelling and simulation, digital twins, and health data.

– Experience with finite element analysis and biomechanics.

– Some programming experience, ideally in Python

Application: 

More info and how to apply here: https://bandi.unibo.it/ricerca/assegni-ricerca?id_bando=66139

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2023.

The research will be conducted both at the University of Bologna and at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna.

Further information:

If you are interested or want more information, please contact Cristina Curreli: cristina.curreli@unibo.it

PhD position in computational cardiovascular mechanics @ University of Glasgow

I am looking for motivated students to join my research group and work towards their PhD in the area of computational cardiovascular biomechanics. Interested candidates are encouraged to email ankush.aggarwal@glasgow.ac.uk to discuss further. More details of the PhD position are provided below.

Project Summary: Almost 30% of all deaths globally are related to cardiovascular diseases. The overall aim of computational cardiovascular biomechanics is to help improve the diagnosis of these diseases (faster, earlier, more precise), provide better surgical outcomes, and design devices that last longer. To achieve that aim, we study the biomechanical properties of tissues and cells comprising the cardiovascular system using a combination of in-vivo imaging, ex-vivo and in-vitro testing, and in-silico modeling. Several project topics are available, which can be categorized into model development (at organ and cellular scales) and method development (based on imaging and using data science approaches). A few examples of specific projects are:

1) Predicting aneurysm development from ultrasound images using growth and remodeling simulations
2) Modeling of endothelial cells based on in-vitro experiments
3) Uncertainty quantification of biomechanical properties based on combined ex-vivo and in-vivo dataset
4) Gaussian process modeling for cardiovascular tissue mechanics
5) Development of a digital twin of the thoracic aorta

During this project, the student will have opportunities to:

  • Develop skills necessary to work at the interface of engineering and biomedical science
  • Publish papers in high-quality journals
  • Present research results at international conferences
  • Learn about nonlinear finite element analysis, nonlinear mechanics, multiscale modeling, image-based analysis, data science, and other numerical techniques
  • Learn about experimental and clinical validation
  • Collaborate with our international academic and industrial partners
  • Interact within the Glasgow Centre for Computational Engineering with other researchers (GCEC) and across departments with biomedical scientists and clinicians

Eligibility: Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Computing Science, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent final grade. A background in mechanics and knowledge of numerical methods (such as finite element analysis) would be necessary. Programming skills will be required for computational modeling.

Application: The deadline for applications is 31 January 2023, and the application process consists of two parts:
1) On-line academic application: Go to https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/infrastructureenvironment/ and click on the ‘Apply now’ tab. Applicants should attach relevant documents such as CV, transcripts, references and a research proposal.
2) School of Engineering EPSRC/School Scholarship Application via online portal: https://www.gla.ac.uk/ScholarshipApp/]gla.ac.uk/ScholarshipApp/ To complete the scholarship application, students will need a supporting statement from the proposed supervisor. Any queries about application procedure can be directed to eng-jws@glasgow.ac.uk

Further information: If you are interested or want more information, please contact me at my email (ankush.aggarwal@glasgow.ac.uk) before starting the formal application. Please visit Computational Biomechanics Research Group page or my staff page for more information on our research.

Call for Huiskes Medail nominations

Call for Huiskes Medal nominations

We are pleased to launch the call for nominations for the Huiskes Medal for Biomechanics, which will be awarded at the 28th ESB congress in Maastricht, 2023. This award is the ESB’s highest scientific tribute, presented in honour of Prof. R. Huiskes, and awarded to senior researchers who have contributed significantly to biomechanics throughout their careers.

Candidate nominations in consideration for the Huiskes Medal for Biomechanics should include:

  1. a letter of nomination that highlights, in maximum 2 pages, the candidate’s career achievements and contributions to biomechanics. The nomination letter should have the following structure and contents:
    • the pioneering, game changing, and/or translational aspects of the research of the candidate, including explicit references to seminal journal articles
    • the impact that the specificity of the Nominee research have had on the biomechanics community, and in specific fields of science, technology and/or medicine
    • Role in scientific societies, founding research groups, service to the scientific community, international acknowledgement, ability to inspire excellent scientists
  2. a full publication list, or a link to an up-to-date online publication list.

The deadline for nominations for the Huiskes Medal for Biomechanics is February 6th, 2023. Submit your candidate nominations to the Chairperson of the ESB Awards.

More details here

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Biomechanics in Sheffield, UK

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield (UK) is looking to expand its academic team in a number of areas. Our priority in this recruitment call is to bring in excellent individuals working in emerging areas within their field who are also able to contribute to our cross-disciplinary efforts in tackling global challenges. This specific post requires an expertise in Biomechanics, but please bear in mind the overall aim of the call when putting together your application.

Biomechanics is one of our main research themes and we are particularly interested in candidates who can benefit from and complement existing expertise, for example by collaborating with colleagues on new research initiatives that extend our capabilities in this area.

You will have expertise in biomechanics. We are particularly interested in extending our capabilities in the areas of gait biomechanics and wearable sensors, experimental tissue biomechanics, multiscale and data-driven computational modelling.

As Lecturer, you will conduct a programme of research, attracting external funding from a range of sources, publishing work in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and attending conferences and seminars. You will also carry out teaching duties including designing, delivering, assessing and reviewing teaching programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Initially you will be allocated a lighter than average teaching load (for example one 10 credit course) and reduced administrative duties to allow focus on establishing a research career and developing as a teacher. We will also provide a generous support package to ensure rapid progress in research activity.

Interested candidates can apply here.


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