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    Dear Biomch-L readers,

    I forward the job offer within a European Network which is a great
    opportunity for early stage researches. Please respond directly to Dr.
    Gerd Huber.

    Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, Biomch-L co-moderator

    The Institute of Biomechanics, TUHH Hamburg University of Technology
    is offering a temporary (3 years) position for an Early Stage
    Researcher starting latest November 1st 2010.

    The position is part of the SpineFX Marie Curie Initial Training
    Networks (ITN) giving early-stage researchers the opportunity to
    improve their research skills by joining established research teams in
    order to enhance their career prospects.

    EU - Early Stage Researcher (ESR)
    Salary grade according to EU ITN regulation, ID-No.: S-10-28.4

    TUHH tries to increase the percentage of women at the institution.
    Therefore, women are especially encouraged to submit their
    application. The salary depends on the candidate’s personal situation.
    The overall employee related funding of the EU, including special
    payments will range from approximately 42.000 € to 48.000 €. This
    funding will cover the gross salary and the employers’ share (~20%).

    Job description:
    This is a training-through-research position as part of an
    international University-Industry-Network. The participant will work
    on personalised projects within the frame of the research topics
    defined by the network. This job offer is dedicated to:

    Interface of Fixation Devices

    Treatment of spinal trauma with conventional implants places high
    demands on the interface between the implant and bone. Screw loosening
    or pullout and intervertebral device subsidence or migration can
    result if there is a breakdown of the implant-bone interface. A
    further challenge which precludes the use of these implants in the
    elderly arises, when the bone is weakened due to osteoporosis or
    metastases. In this project the goal is to improve the interface of
    fixation devices, through novel implant design, enhanced materials and
    the use of new hybrid fixation systems. Improvement of fixation
    interfaces may also be accomplished through cement reinforcement.
    Within this project a team of two early stage researchers (clinician
    and engineer, university) and a experienced researcher (industry)
    centre on the generation of a new range of implants to provide optimal
    hold in the cancellous core of the vertebra or the posterior pedicles.
    A survey concerning interface failure and a comprehensive program of
    design and experimental verification of different concepts for
    interface enhancement will be the basis for the project. Numerical
    Simulation of the performed experiments on multi-level spine FEMs is
    required to gain additional insight into the project results and
    improve the development. The most promising prototypes will undergo an
    in vitro preclinical testing on cadaveric specimens including
    characterisation of surfaces and performance.
    An important aspect of this position is the collaboration with the
    members of the project team and the network partners in different
    countries. The candidate will be expected to have at least one
    secondment to one of the partners. The partners mostly involved in
    this project are Ulrich medical (Ulm, Germany), BoneSupport (Lund,
    Sweden) and the Legal Medicine Department of the University Hospital
    Eppendorf (Hamburg, Germany).
    Bi-annual training events will be delivered by SpineFX partner
    organisations in the different countries and are mandatory to be
    attended. Each ESR will have a Personal Career Development Plan,
    designed with the supervisor at the beginning of the fellowship,
    covering training needs (including complementary skills) and
    scientific objectives. The successful applicant will have the
    opportunity to enrol into a PhD program.

    A higher-than-average Masters degree in engineering or physical
    sciences is expected. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    are essential. The candidate has to demonstrate work flexibility and
    has to show readiness to travel to collaborating partners. The network
    language will be English. Therefore a good knowledge of English
    language is mandatory and basic knowledge of German language is
    Self-motivation and curiosity is essential to be part of an
    interdisciplinary team of surgeons, engineers and other scientist.
    Disabled person with same qualification will be favoured.

    In addition certain eligibility criteria apply in a Marie Curie ITN program:
    a) Early-stage researchers are defined as those in the first four
    years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, starting at
    the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to
    embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was
    obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided,
    irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.
    b) Candidates have not resided or carried out their main activity in
    Germany for more than twelve months in the three years immediately
    prior to their recruitment.
    c) Candidates should not be a national of Germany (there are two
    exceptions: researchers with more than one nationality can be
    recruited if they have not resided in Germany during the previous five
    years; researchers who have legally resided and have had their
    principal activity (work, studies, etc) in a third country for at
    least three out of the last four years).

    Informal enquires to:
    Dr.-Ing. Gerd Huber
    TUHH Hamburg University of Technology
    Institute of Biomechanics (M-3)
    Denickestraße 15
    21073 Hamburg, Germany

    Candidates are asked to supply meaningful job application documents
    including CV in table form, testimonials and references. To simplify
    the process PDF-documents via e-mail are favoured (address below,
    please copy to The deadline will be July 31st, 2010.
    Please add the ID-No.: S-10-28.4. TUHH will not send application
    documents back. Please submit copies only.
    Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
    - Personalreferat PV 322.6 -
    21071 Hamburg, Germany