PhD Position in Robotics, Engineering – Aalborg, Denmark

    PhD Position in Robotics, Engineering - Aalborg, Denmark

    PhD Stipends in Robotics and Ultrasound – Based Measurements of 3D Knee Joint Stability is available at Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Denmark.

    Deadline to Apply

    Sept 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Mechanical engineering
    – Biomedical engineering
    – Robotics
    Scholarship“According to standard norms”
    WorkplaceDepartment of Materials and Production,
    Aalborg University,
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateJan 01, 2022


    • You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work in a small team and who is prepared to stay with other network partners for extended periods of time
    • You have a master in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, robotics, or equivalent
    • You have experience in mechanical design, software programming (Matlab and Labview) and signal processing
    • You have to be fluent in English both oral and written
      Desired qualifications
    • You have experience designing mechanical systems with a human interface
    • You have experiences with performing experiments on humans
    • You have experiences with control algorithms of electromechanical systems
    • You have experiences with ultrasound data acquisition


    • The purpose of the PhD project is to develop a novel robotics- and ultrasound-based 3D knee stability measurement technology and apply it to quantify the full 3D stability profile of healthy as well as stable and instable knees following TKA
    • This will leverage previous and ongoing research at Aalborg University within 3D stability measurement technology and the obtained stability profiles will inform the design of the adjustable knee implant
    • The research is performed in close collaboration with other research staff in the project at Aalborg University on the implant design as well external project partners Materialise and KU Leuven both situated in Belgium

    How to Apply?

    The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button mentioned above.

    About the project/department

    The research project: Knee osteoarthritis is a frequently occurring joint disease that causes pain, joint deformity, reduced quality-of-life and walking disability. At advanced stages, joint replacement, so-called total knee arthroplasty (TKA), may be necessary. Although TKA is generally considered successful, 16-30% of patients are dissatisfied. There are multiple causes for this, but some of the most frequent reasons for revision are instability and joint stiffness. During surgery, the surgeon attempts to balance the surrounding soft tissue in order to stabilize the knee joint. However, this approach is highly subjective and limited by intraoperative constraints.

    To mitigate these issues, the PhD stipend is part of a research project that has the overall aim to develop a postoperative adjustable implant that can balance the stability and stiffness of the joint following surgery by incorporating actuators and electronics into the implant. To accomplish this, it is of paramount importance to understand the stability of healthy as well as stable and instable knees following TKA so that the implant is designed to be able correct instable knees. To this end, a novel robotics- and ultrasound-based 3D knee stability measurement technology is developed in the project and applied to measure healthy and post-operative TKA knees and used to inform the implant design performed by other project partners. The project has two external partners: Materialise, Belgium and KU Leuven, Belgium.


    • For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:,  phone: +45 9940 7993
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    Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen,
    Tel: +45 30354170,

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    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday September 16th, 2021 (GMT+9)