Post-Graduate Research Scientist Position in Bone Remodelling

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Post-Graduate Research Scientist Position
in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery,
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
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Numerical and Clinical Evaluation of
Bone Remodelling Processes
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The Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery is searching for a highly
motivated, ambitious engineer to support the musculoskeletal
biomechanics division of our research laboratories.

Improved knowledge of the internal loading environment of both
the bone and soft tissue structures in human joints is considered
a key element for optimising clinical outcome. This project is the
continuation to a highly sucessful study, which considers the
influences of joint reconstruction and surgical approach on the
short and mid-term clinical functional outcome after total joint
arthroplasty using knowledge of validated joint contact and muscle
forces, as well as the interaction of soft tissues, total joint
replacements and bone. This approach may help both routine and
borderline clinical cases to be optimally planned and reliably
reconstructed.

Specifically, the project will involve the construction of patient
specific finite element models that are capable of remodelling,
and an assessment of their validity against clinical data. Through
a close collaboration with our colleagues from both the orthopaedic
and trauma clinic of the Charité, we aim to establish a scientific
basis for developing new strategies in surgical therapy and
musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

The successful candidate should exhibit a strong background in
biomechanical engineering, work well in a team environment and
possess strong problem solving skills. Experience with Finite
Element modelling and knowledge of hip biomechanics is essential.
Familiarity with the ABAQUS, PATRAN, AMIRA and geomagic software
packages, C / C++ programming, as well as mechanical testing,
would also be considered valuable assets. It is expected that
the candidate will pursue a Ph.D. during their employment hours.

Since their conception some ten years ago, the research laboratories
of the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery have grown into a group of
over 40 personnel under the guidance of Professor Georg N. Duda. The
successful applicant will therefore become part of a highly motivated
interdisciplinary team in an extremely successful scientific working
environment.

The working languages in the group are both German and English.

For more information about our group please see:

http://www.charite.de/cmsc

and click on the flag (top right) for an English version, if necessary.

Interested candidates should send a CV, including recent publications,
with cover letter to:

Dr. W. R. Taylor
Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Free and Humboldt-University of Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
D-13353 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 450 559 529
Fax: +49 30 450 552 995

Email: bill.taylor@charite.de

Our group will also be present at the ORS in San Diego in Feb 2007, which
may provide the opportunity for meeting and allow interviews to be held.