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04-02-2007, 02:20 AM
Collaborative Research Centre 760
Biomechanics and Biology of Musculoskeletal Regeneration

>From Functional Assessment to Guided Tissue Formation

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has established the Collaborative
Research Centre 760
at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. The long term goal
of the SFB initiative is the
understanding of the basic mechanisms involved in bone regeneration to
efficiently stimulate the
healing process. The SFB initiative transfers basic knowledge from
material science and molecular
biology into treatment options in the field of musculoskeletal
regeneration. By characterizing the
endogenous process of regeneration in the clinic, as well as in small
and large animal models
(project section C), the initiative is organized along two fundamental
pathways: the biological
mechanisms underlying bone regeneration on a cellular level (project
section A), and the physical
mechanisms underlying bone regeneration on a structural level (project
section B).

Within the SFB initiative, we offer the position as outlined below:

Postdoctoral Position in Knee Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

The research group "Musculoskeletal Biomechanics" (Dr. M.O. Heller) at
the Center for
Musculoskeletal Surgery, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin currently
has an opening for
a biomechanical engineer. This project (C4) considers the influences of
knee joint reconstruction
and joint preservation surgery on short and mid-term clinical functional
outcome using validated
analyses of the interaction of bone and soft tissues. The project is
devoted to the understanding
and characterization of both normal physiological and pathological
loading conditions and
kinematics, as well as to the assessment of how therapies are able to
optimally restore
normal musculoskeletal function and loading.

Strong background in biomechanics, specifically in computational
mechanics of the knee

The successful candidate must also:
- exhibit a strong background in theoretical and computational mechanics

- have had exposure to inverse and/or forward dynamics
- be able to integrate the biological aspects of regeneration within the
project framework
- work well in a team environment and possess strong problem solving
- be able to assume responsibility for all phases of the project with
little or no supervision
- possess a minimum of a Ph.D. degree
- have excellent oral / written communication and interpersonal skills

Through a close collaboration with our colleagues from both the
orthopaedic and trauma
clinic of the Charité, the successful candidate will work closely with
an interdisciplinary team
of engineers, surgeons and radiologists, as well as having interaction
with patients.

Salary grade BAT IIa (full position; approx. € 42,000 pa commensurate
with qualifications, family status and age)

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.
For more information about our group please see:


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. Markus Heller
Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
Tel: +49 (0)30 450 559 159
D-13353 Berlin