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    PhD students for patient-specific musculoskeletal and numerical bone

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disabling disease, affecting the joints of 40%
    or more of the population over 60. Fully degenerated joints can be
    replaced with a prosthesis: well over 1,000,000 joint replacements are
    performed annually in the EU.

    Clinical results of shoulder prostheses are less good than the results
    of hip or knee prostheses. To optimize the function and longevity of
    shoulder prostheses, a pre-operative planning system is being developed
    that uses patient-specific biomechanical models for optimal placement of
    the prosthesis.

    The Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering (TU Delft) is looking for two PhD

    1. Numerical bone models
    2. Musculoskeletal models

    PhD candidate 1:

    Your task will be to create and validate patient-specific integrated
    biomechanical models by integrating numerical bone models and a
    musculoskeletal model (Delft Shoulder and Elbow Model). The numerical
    bone model will be scaled based on available radiographic patient data
    and using three-dimensional statistical shape models. Results will be
    used for patient-specific predictions of longevity of the prosthesis.

    PhD candidate 2:

    Your task will be to scale the morphological parameters of the Delft
    Shoulder and Elbow Model based on statistical shape models of the soft
    tissues in the upper extremity, in order to obtain patient-specific
    predictions of the functionality. The results will be compared with
    functional recordings of ADL motions, and will be input for the
    numerical bone models (see PhD candidate 1).

    Both PhDs will perform their research in a multi-disciplinary team
    based at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Faculty of 3mE ,
    TU Delft, and at the Department of Orthopaedics of Leiden University
    Medical Center. The project is part of a 7th Framework Project of the
    European Union.

    We are looking for candidates with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering,
    Biomedical Engineering or Human Movement Sciences. PhD candidate 1
    should have experience in finite element and continuum modelling of bone
    and implants. The candidate should have experience working with tools
    such as MARC and MSC Patran. In addition, the candidate should be able
    to work in a LINUX environment using parallel computing strategies on a
    computer cluster. Experience in modelling of the musculoskeletal system
    and image processing is a pre. PhD candidate 2 should have experience
    with musculoskeletal models, neuromuscular control, motion recording and
    EMG systems. Experience with image processing is a pre.

    Both candidates should be able to communicate fluently in English.
    Experience with working in a multi-disciplinary research environment
    where engineers and clinicians collaborate is considered important.

    Please send your job applications to:

    Prof.dr. Frans C.T. van der Helm

    Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering

    Delft University of technology



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    Prof. Frans C.T. van der Helm, PhD

    Biomechatronics & Bio-Robotics group

    Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering Biomechanical Engineering

    Fac. of Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Mechanical

    Delft University of Technology University of Twente

    Mekelweg 2 P.O. Box 217

    2628 CD Delft 7500 AE

    The Netherlands The Netherlands

    tel. (+31)-15-2785616 tel.

    fax. (+31)-15-2784717 fax.


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