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PhD-Position: FE Modelling of Knee Joints (Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin, Germany)

Position ID: DM.131.19b

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to perform cutting edge science to improve patient care in a collaborative project of the Charité-Berlin and the ETH-Zürich, while working on a worldwide unique dataset that includes measurements of in vivo knee loading and kinematics. The research project “In vivo knee joint loading and kinematics – the interplay between movement and loading at the patello-femoral and tibio-femoral joints” aims to extend the understanding of the complex mechanical interactions in the knee joint by combining in vivo measurements with detailed computational modelling. The position entails the possibility to pursue a doctorate degree. The position is placed mainly in Berlin, a vibrant city that is very attractive to young people due its rich cultural life. Regular visits at the ETH-Zürich to combine the expertise in this collaborative project are also part of the position.

Your area of responsibility
•    Finite element modelling of the dynamic contact of a total knee prosthesis at the tibio-femoral and patello-femoral interfaces
•    Coupling of finite element models to musculoskeletal multibody models which provide boundary conditions, like forces and kinematics
•    Development of an automated pipeline to generate and simulate modified versions of a reference finite element model in a systematic process
•    Reconstruction of 3D joint kinematics from fluoroscopic image data using available tools and eventually extending them

Your profile
•    MSc degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or in a related field
•    Experience in finite element modeling, preferably of dynamic contact problems in Abaqus.
•    Preferably experience in automated generation of finite element models and the aggregation of the simulation results
•    Preferably experience in registration of medical image data and image processing
•    Ideally general purpose and scientific programming skills in a common language like: C++, Python, Matlab, R.
•    General interest in musculoskeletal biomechanics and mechanical simulation
•    Good English skills (oral and written)
•    Highly motivated, flexible, curious to learn and able to work independently

The tariff classification will be done according to the personal conditions of salary group 13 (65 %) of the tariff TV-Charité. You can find our collective agreements (Tarifverträge) here:

The candidate should be able to begin his employment by early fall 2019. The fixed-term work contract will expire with the end of the project on July 31, 2022.

Interested candidates should submit a motivational letter, CV, academic transcript and references by July 31, 2019. Applications should be sent to Dr. Adam Trepczynski (

Dr. Adam Trepczynski
Julius Wolff Institute
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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