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03-17-2004, 11:47 PM
"Compatibility of active implants with medical imaging systems –
biomechanical effects"

Pain is the single most common reason patients seek medical care. In
United States, approximately 5 million Americans are disabled by back
problems. Chronic pain accounts for more than 100 million workdays lost
for men alone, and at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic
recurrent headaches. Intrathecal infusion systems inject the medication
(e.g. for pain, cancer treatment etc.) directly to the spinal cord. For
that reasons, small doses are required (typically a ratio 1:300) compared
to oral or intravenous methods. In this project the next generation
medical devices for pain treatment will be developed and its compatibility
with existing imaging technologies and effect on surrounding tissue
evaluated.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Fellowship position in the
Computational Biomechanics Group at the M.E. Müller Center for Orthopaedic
Surgery, University of Bern. The group is involved in a variety of
research and industry projects where appropriate methods (numerical
analysis combined with experiments) are used to study current problems in
basic and clinical medical science. The successful applicant will join a
project-team directly involved in the development and validation process
of the device.

Candidates with an PhD or equivalent in Biomedical Engineering or a
closely related field should apply. Experience with any of the following
would be a distinct advantage: imaging technology and analysis (CT, MRI),
CAD and finite element analysis, and mechanical/biological testing
equipment and procedures. Excellent spoken and written English as well as
knowledge of German or French is a distinct advantage. A competitive
stipend is offered and will be commensurate with qualifications and
experience. The position is available immediately.

Please send letters of application stating your research interests, resume
with your university transcripts and references to:


Dr. Björn Olsen
MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery
Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics
University of Bern
Murtenstr. 35, P.O. Box 8354
CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland
Tel: +41 31 632 8688
Fax: +41 31 632 4951
Email: Bjorn.Olsen@MEMcenter.unibe.ch
http://www.MEMcenter.unibe.ch/
http://cranium.unibe.ch/