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:

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Varga ( Note that no applications will be accepted via email.