View Full Version : Two PhD positions available at the Swiss Federal Institute ofTechnology in Lausanne (EPFL)

12-01-2008, 12:51 AM
Two PhD positions are available at the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) for an interdisciplinary project
involving the Laboratory of Biomechanical Orthopedics (EPFL-LBO), the
Laboratory of Automatics (EPFL-LA), the Department of Musculoskeletal
Medicine (CHUV-DAL) and the Neuromonitoring & Neurosurgery Unit (CHUV-
UNN) of the University Hospital of Lausanne.

The main goal of the project is to develop a neuromusculoskeletal
model of the shoulder and to analyze the effect of neuromuscular
diseases on the incidence of osteoarthritis. The model will be based
on nonlinear control theory applied to the sensory-motor system of the
shoulder joint. In addition to control theory, the project will
require a deep understanding of clinical orthopedics, neuromuscular
physiology and biomechanics of the shoulder.

The project is divided in two main parts. One part concerns clinical
orthopedics, neuromuscular physiology and biomechanical modeling,
while the other part concerns more specifically the mathematical/
numerical control modeling. The first part will be supervised by the
EPFL-LBO and the other part by the EPFL-LA, but the entire project
will have to be done in strong collaboration between these two labs
and also with the other two research units (CHUV-DAL & CHUV-UNN). Each
PhD will be associated to one part, and will have different
supervisor, either from the EPFL-LBO or the EPFL-LA.

The EPFL-LBO PhD will have to propose a schematic description of the
model, identify sensory-motor control mechanisms, implement the
control algorithm into the neuromusculoskeletal model, and answer the
initial clinical question. The EPFL-LA PhD will mainly focus on the
mathematical and numerical aspect of the control mechanisms.

Both positions require highly motivated candidates with a MSc either
in Physics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Bio-engineering or
any related engineering field.

This project is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation

Start Date: First quarter of 2009.

Application, including curriculum vitae, statement of interest and
three references, should be submitted only by e-mail to alexandre.terrier@epfl.ch
We also suggest that the candidates check the conditions of the EPFL
doctoral school (phd.epfl.ch).

Joint Biomechanics Group
Laboratory of Biomechanical Orthopedics
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Lausanne, Switzerland