Postdoc Position in Design of an Active Knee Replacement Implant is available at Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Deadline to Apply
Sept 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Mechanical engineering|
– Biomedical engineering
|Salary||According to standard norms|
|Workplace||Department of Materials and Production,|
|Contract Period||3 Years|
|Starting date||Jan 01, 2022|
- You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work in a small team and who is prepared to stay with the other partners for extended periods of time
- You have a scientific qualifications at PhD–level in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, robotics, or equivalent
- You have experiences with electromechanical system design
- You have to be fluent in English both oral and written
- You have experiences with implant design
- You have experiences with knee biomechanics and in particular knee instability
- You have experiences with cadaver experiments
Responsibilities/ Job Description
- The purpose of the PostDoc project is to develop the adjustable knee implant and test it in a cadaver study together with the project partners. This will include designing, selecting and manufacturing the mechanical and electronic components and, therefore, requires skills within both mechanical and electronic design.
- The research will be performed in close collaboration with Materialise, who are experts in additive manufacturing in general and custom implants for various medical applications, and KU Leuven that have extensive cadaver facility for conducting the tests of the implant. Both Materialse and KU Leuven are located in Leuven, Belgium and extended stays in Leuven should, therefore, be expected during the project.
How to Apply?
The applications are only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button mentioned above.
The application must contain the following:
- A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated
- A current curriculum vitae
- Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation
- Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications
- Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like
- Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations
- Personal data
About Research project
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 aim of this project is 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. The amount of adjustments required will be informed based on 3D laxity measurements performed by other staff members of the project and the finale design will be evaluated in cadaver studies. The project has two external partners: Materialise, Belgium and KU Leuven, Belgium.
About the Department
The Department’s mission is to meet the future’s demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials’ applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, as an employee at the Department you will become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building and interdisciplinary collaborations.
For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Human Resources by mail email@example.com . Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here
Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen,
Tel: +45 30354170,
Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday September 16th, 2021 (GMT+9)