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    Ph.D. Studentship

    MEM Research Center
    Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics
    University of Bern
    Bern, Switzerland

    "Femero-Acetabular Impingement as an Initiator of Hip Joint Degeneration"

    Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Biomechanics group at
    the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics, MEM Research
    Center, University of Bern. The group comprises a multi-disciplinary
    research team with projects in the areas of orthopaedic implant design and
    evaluation, the development of new techniques for orthopaedic surgery,
    computational modelling (finite element analysis), soft-tissue mechanics
    and tissue engineering. The successful applicant will join a project aimed
    at evaluating current hypotheses of the mechanical link between acetabular
    labrum pathology and the onset of hip joint degeneration. Through an
    interdisciplinary approach, methods will be developed for co-registering CT
    and MRI three-dimensional image datasets to facilitate patient-specific
    estimates of joint range of motion, the internal mechanical environment
    within the cartilage layers of the pathological hip will be simulated
    during labrum impingement, and the effectiveness of proposed treatment
    strategies will be evaluated by simulating the post-operative correction.
    Research will include laboratory testing and computational modelling.

    The position is available immediately. Candidates with an MSc or
    equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely
    related field should apply. Experience with any of the following would be a
    distinct advantage: mechanical testing equipment and procedures, Labview,
    CAD and FEM software and image analysis. Knowledge of the German language
    is not required but would be advantageous. Funding is available for three
    years.

    Interested candidates should send their resume with references and
    university transcripts to:

    Stephen Ferguson, Ph.D.
    Division Head - Biomechanics
    MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery
    Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics
    University of Bern
    Stauffacherstrasse 78
    CH-3014 Bern, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 31 631 5925
    Fax: +41 31 631 5960
    Email: Stephen.Ferguson@MEMcenter.unibe.ch
    http://www.MEMcenter.unibe.ch/

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