View Full Version : Post-doctoral position in Biomedical Engineering, ETH Zurich,Switzerland

Harry Van Lenthe
01-10-2007, 06:29 AM
The Institute for Biomechanics at ETH Zurich is seeking to appoint a highly
motivated post-doctoral fellow to perform research on:


One of the reasons why implants (screws, nails, etc.) perform worse in
osteoporotic bone is the limited support due to reduced bone mass.
Engineering principles tell that implant stability depends on the fixation
to the bone, and on the amount and quality of the bone close to the implant;
however, the precise mechanisms underlying implant anchorage and implant
failure are still unknown.

To better understand the "Basics of implant fixation" we have started three
research positions. This advertised position is the third in that series,
targeted to the "Quality of the bone-implant interface". This project is
aimed at a proper characterization of the bone-implant interface, which is
critical knowledge in understanding the precise implant failure
characteristics. Experimental work will focus on determining the size and
location of the bone-implant contact areas, and on the quality of these
contact areas. In addition to advanced experimental work, computational
modeling will be needed to assess the potential benefits of surface
treatment and bonding characteristics (physical, chemical, biological) to
primary and secondary stability.

The other two positions (already filled) will focus on: 1. bone structure
and bone quality close to the implant; and 2. bone deformation and
implant/bone failure during implant loading. All three positions are part of
a large Clinical Priority Program, as funded by the AO Foundation, and with
participation of several research groups around the globe.

More information on this Program can be found at:
> Clinical Priorities
> Fracture Fixation in Osteoporotic Bone

The advertised position will start as soon as possible and will initially be
granted for two years, with a possibility to extend with another two years.
During this period the candidate will be given the opportunity to form
his/her own research team. Salaries are highly competitive and in accordance
with ETH regulations.

The applicant should have a recent PhD in Physics, Material Science or other
relevant discipline. Good skills in both spoken and written English are
mandatory to work in an international, young and dynamic team. Experience in
atomic force microscopy is highly advantageous; knowledge of German and a
background in biomedical engineering are beneficial. Candidates should be
able to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Further information about the Institute for Biomechanics can be found at
http://www.biomech.ethz.ch/ and http://www.biomechanics.ethz.ch/

Informal enquiries may be made to
Prof. Harry van Lenthe, (tel: +41 44 632 45 91, +32 16 32 2595 /7096,
Prof. Ralph Müller (tel: +41 44 632 45 92, ram@ethz.ch)

Application letters including a complete curriculum vitae, a list of two
references, and a statement on your background and research interests,
should be sent to (preferably by email) to vanlenthe@ethz.ch.

Prof. Harry van Lenthe, Ph.D.
ETH Zurich
Institute for Biomechanics
Moussonstrasse 18
8092 Zurich, Switzerland

+41.44.632 4591 / 1214 (tel/fax)