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11-17-2009, 10:20 PM
Marie Curie Fellowship (Experienced Researcher) Vacancy

SPINEFX: A University–Industry Network for the Training of High-quality Multidisciplinary Researchers to Deliver Enterprising, Cost-effective Surgical Solutions for Spinal Disease and Trauma

The SPINEFX Initial Training Network supported by the Marie Curie Action has a vacancy for a high-quality, experienced researcher (ER) in the field of computational biomechanics and biomedical engineering. This position is announced by AnyBody Technology A/S, Aalborg, Denmark.

General Person Specification

Essential:
• A high quality postgraduate degree in mechanical engineering or adjunct subjects (minimum of a UK 2i or equivalent).
• IELTS and German equivalent
• Fulfill the eligibility criteria for the Marie Curie ER as outlined below


Preferred:
• A PhD in Mechanical Engineering
• Previous research experience in the area of computational biomechanics, Finite Element Analysis and musculoskeletal simulation.
• A thorough understanding of mechanics, object-oriented software development and/or biomechanics
• Preferably knowledge of programming in AnyBody and/or ANSYS.
• Knowledge of programming in C++, OpenGL, will be an advantage
• Very good communication skills: Fluency in English, customer orientation, and presentation skills
• Independent problem solving skills, a sense of humor, and the ability to interact in a small, dynamic business environment.

We imagine that the ideal guy/girl for the job contributes to the organization with a lot of energy, curiosity and professional pride.

On the other hand, we expect to present an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to be part of a growing, market leading company.

Please send your application to careers@anybodytech.com, subject: SPINEFX


Eligibility Criteria

1. Experienced researchers must, at the time of recruitment either be in possession of a doctoral degree, irrespective of the time taken to acquire it, or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience, This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally allowed them to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the host country (irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged).

2. Researchers are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Two general rules apply to the appointment of researchers in a network:
a) Researchers can be nationals of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization where they will carry out their project; however nationals of countries outside the EU and Associated States can only be recruited by hosts that are located in Member States or Associated States.
b) Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. This rule does not apply in cases where a researcher is subsequently appointed in another node of the same network within the same country.

Appointment Details

The appointment is for a period of two years. Applicants are employed as a salaried member of staff within AnyBody Technology. The salary for the ER is set according to EU and local guidelines, adjusted to Danish standard. In addition the ER is allocated a travel allowance, which depends on the distance between the ERs country of origin and Aalborg, Denmark, and a one-off career development allowance. The working place is located in Aalborg, Denmark.
The ER will undertake the research outlined in project description, including its dissemination and collaboration with SPINEFX partners, and attend a number of Network wide workshops to enhance his/her subject specific and complementary skills. The ER is also expected to engage in local training opportunities provided by the host institution.

Project Description

Spine Model

Host Organization: AnyBody Technology A/S, Aalborg, Denmark
Collaborators: Technical University of Vienna, University of Berne, TUHH Hamburg University of Technology;

Purpose: A key input for predicting vertebral fractures and assessing potential treatments is the detailed loading regime that acts upon the spinal segment. In this project an existing musculoskeletal model of the lumbar spine will be improved and tools will be developed to combine musculoskeletal simulations with the AnyBody Modeling System™ (AMS) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Furthermore, methods will be implemented that facilitate the use of medical image data to create patient specific models.

Methods: This project includes the implementation of new tools for FEA interfaces and patient specific modeling as well as the improvement of existing musculoskeletal models. A script-based interface between the AMS and FEA will be developed with special emphasis on the geometrical discretization of the muscle attachment areas. A facility to include CT-data in the AMS to create patient specific models will be implemented. Several scaling and morphing techniques will be used to fulfill this purpose. The existing musculoskeletal model of the lumbar spine, implemented in AnyScript will be refined to incorporate advanced joint definition, partly based on experiments conducted in other work packages, and altered spine kinematics due to pain and degeneration will be numerically investigated.

Impact: These developments will result in a major step understanding the spinal biomechanics. In combination with patient specific modeling, a coupling of musculoskeletal simulation and detailed FEA will ultimately result in more reliable fracture predictions and an analytical tool to investigate new treatment options.

Institution Description

AnyBody Technology (ABT) A/S, Aalborg, Denmark: ABT develops and markets the unique software the AnyBody Modeling System™ and offers consultancy, training and technical support to users. The AnyBody Modeling System™ is a breakthrough invention for simulating man-machine or other man-environment interaction and how it affects the human body. The AnyBody Modeling System™ renders the user able to determine muscle and joint forces and other biomechanical aspects of the body’s interaction with its environment. The AnyBody Modeling System™ is an open system where the user can build his own models, or the user can draw model resources from a public domain repository comprising a vast amount of models, and an entire body model totaling more than 1,000 individual muscles.
Website – www.anybodytech.com


Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (ISTB) – UBE - Switzerland: Budget – CHF600M (CHF145M from research), 13,000 students, 1,800 faculty members. University affiliated to Inselspital - largest teaching hospital in Switzerland. ISTB: 20 doctoral students and 5 post-doctoral fellows in the fields of medical image analysis, biomechanics, mechanobiology and computer assisted surgery. ISTB is co-leader of the Swiss National Science Foundation Research Network “Co-Me”, a 12 year research collaboration for computer aided medical interventions - 13 institutions and over 100 researchers – and places a high priority on initial training of young researchers, skills which will be transferred to this program of research.
Website – www.istb.unibe.ch

Institute of Light Structures and Biomechanics (ILSB) – Technical University of Vienna - Austria: Technical University of Vienna is the largest such Austrian institution - 12th highest European University in the Times Higher Education Ranking, 2006. VUT: 12,000 students, 150 professors, 1500 scientists & budget €186M. ILSB is located within Dept. of Mech. and Indust. Engineer. which graduates 55 Masters & 25 PhD students, annually. ILSB has an international reputation in tissue biomechanics based on the application of computational methods and the establishment of a laboratory for nano-biomechanics.
Website – www.ilsb.tuwien.ac.at

Institute of biomechanics (bim) – TUHH Hamburg University of Technology - Germany: TUHH is highly regarded for being at the forefront of developing innovative industry-academic collaborations and is an active member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), coordinating the ECIU Graduate School. TUHH has 200 staff, 5,000 students and budget in excess of €75M (€25M is research income). bim has leading reputation in training and research with significant links to major medical device companies. It currently supports training for 11 doctoral researchers.
Website - www.tu-hamburg.de/bim



SPINEFX Overview

SPINEFX will deliver a unique multidisciplinary training program which will provide the European Union with future research leaders and entrepreneurs who will have the capacity to overcome the challenges posed by major diseases of the spine. These researchers will have the necessary subject-specific knowledge and the wider complementary skills demanded by industry with which to deliver timely and cost-effective solutions to some of Europe’s most urgent healthcare problems: those of back pain and immobility caused by vertebral insufficiency fractures and spinal trauma.
The human spine is truly the backbone of musculoskeletal health, providing the framework for upright posture, locomotion, mobility and normal daily activity. The vertebral column derives its function predominantly from the integrity of the bony vertebrae and intervertebral discs, which together form a stable yet highly mobile column. However, the spine is associated with a number of chronic pathological conditions that place considerable demands on EU healthcare systems including vertebral fractures associated with osteoporosis, metastases and spinal trauma. These fractures, which are the subject of this ITN, constitute a staggering societal burden with the life-time risk of osteoporotic fractures being 50 % in women and 20 % in men at the age of 501. Indeed vertebral fractures are the most common symptom of osteoporosis2. Further, up to 80 % of patients with certain cancers experience spinal metastases, many of which will lead to fracture. The incidence of spinal cord injury is approximately 40 people per million with the figure for vertebral trauma being ten times higher. Whilst the personal and social costs of these pathologies are severe, the economic consequences are also alarming. EU expenditure due to osteoporosis exceeds €30 billion with a predicted rise to over €75 billion by 2050. The lifetime direct costs for each spinal trauma patient exceed €1 million. These costs are rising fast as the burden expands due to the aging population, rising patient expectation and successful procedures being practiced in younger patients. Both the UN and WHO recognize this challenge and endorsed the present decade as the ‘Bone-and-Joint Decade’. This pressing problem has provided significant challenges to medical companies, particularly Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in recruiting skilled researchers who can deliver innovative solutions in a timely and economic manner. A key issue here is the lack of personnel who are trained in key knowledge transfer skills.



Best Regards,

Casper Gerner Mikkelsen
Business Manager
AnyBody Technology A/S
Niels Jernes Vej 10
DK-9220 Aalborg East
Denmark
Phone: +45 96 35 42 86
Fax: +45 96 35 45 99
mailto:cgm@anybodytech.com