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    Post-doctoral position in Biomedical Engineering
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    The Institute for Biomechanics at ETH Zurich is seeking to appoint a highly
    motivated post-doctoral fellow to perform research on:


    Together with an aging population the problem of osteoporotic fractures
    increases tremendously; despite all pharmaceutical efforts roughly 1.5
    million people suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture each year.
    Treatment can be complicated, and often leads to poor functional outcomes.
    One of the reasons why implants (screws, nails, etc.) perform worse in
    osteoporotic bone is the limited support due to reduced bone mass; however,
    the precise mechanisms underlying implant anchorage and implant failure are
    still unknown.

    To better understand the basics of implant fixation we have started several
    research projects. Currently, our research is focused on experimental
    assessment of implant stability and on modeling peri-implant bone
    architecture and its quality. We wish to expand our efforts with
    computational analyses of implant stability. We aim to create finite element
    models of implant-bone interaction that take the full trabecular bone
    architecture as well as realistic implant geometries into account. Recent
    advances in microarchitectural bone imaging coupled with multi-level
    microstructural finite element analyses offer powerful tools to create and
    solve such detailed large-scale models on parallel computer systems. We
    expect that this will lead to a deeper understanding of the relative
    importance of bone failure and failure of the bone-implant interface. A
    specific target of our modeling efforts is to assess implant stability in
    differing degrees of 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 Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical
    Engineering, Physics, or other relevant discipline. A strong background in
    finite element analyses is mandatory; experience in non-linear and
    microstructural analyses, as well as programming skills on parallel computer
    systems are highly advantageous. Good skills in both spoken and written
    English are expected; knowledge of German is beneficial. Candidates should
    be able to work both independently and as a member of a team.

    Informal enquiries may be made to
    Prof. Harry van Lenthe
    tel: +41 44 632 45 91, +32 16 32 89 90,

    Prof. Ralph Müller
    tel: +41 44 632 45 92,

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

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

    +41.44.632 4591 / 1214 (tel/fax)