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  • Early Stage Researcher Position for Medicals - EU SpineFX Marie Curie Fellowship

    The Institute of Biomechanics, TUHH Hamburg University of Technology is offering a temporary (one year) position for a ‘Clinical Early Stage Researcher’ starting between November 1st, 2011 and February 1st, 2012. 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 internationally established research teams in order to enhance their career prospects by gaining the opportunity to produce a doctor’s dissertation and/or publications. This is a great opportunity to gain basic biomechanics knowledge and enter into the international research community by working with the SpineFX university and industry partners that are located across six European countries.

    EU - Early Stage Researcher (ESR)

    Salary grade according to EU ITN regulation, ID-No.: SD-11-31

    The salary depends on the candidate’s personal situation. The employee related funding of the EU, including special payments will result in a gross salary of approximately 35.000 € to 39.800 €. Women are especially encouraged to submit their application.

    Job description:

    This is a training-through-research position as part of an international University-Industry-Network. This job offer is dedicated to:

    Spinal Biomechanics and Load Sharing

    The preservation of a normal load distribution between the anterior and posterior structures of the spine is critical for the prevention of vertebral fractures due to anterior column overloading caused by fatigue or impact. Normal load distribution is also important in fracture healing by moderate stimulation of bone tissue. The optimal method for this preservation to occur is heavily dependent on the pathology to be treated. The aim of this project is to determine the physiological and pathological load sharing between anterior and posterior lumbar spinal structures under a range of complex physiological loadings.

    In vitro experiments using a servo-hydraulic testing machine will be performed in order to investigate the structural response of spinal segments under complex, multidirectional, physiological loading. It is intended to apply clinical treatments to the specimens in order to investigate the resulting changes in load sharing compared to native and injured spines for different pathologies.

    These specimen tests will be performed in collaboration with the members of the project team and in close cooperation with University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Potential participation of network partners in different countries and secondments to one of the partners will be welcome. The partners mostly involved in this project are TU Wien (Prof. Zysset, Vienna, Austria), UNIV Leeds (Prof. Hall, Leeds, England), ETH Zürich (Dr. Ferguson, Zürich, Switzerland) and the Legal Medicine Department of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Prof. Püschel, Hamburg, Germany).

    Training events will be delivered by SpineFX partner organisations in the different countries and participation of international conferences is anticipated. 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 submit a medical dissertation and/or articles for international publication.


    A higher-than-average medical degree or comparably university degree is expected. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Work place flexibility and a willingness to travel to collaborating Partners are needed. Self-motivation and curiosity are essential to be part of an interdisciplinary team of surgeons, engineers and other scientists.

    A disabled person with the same qualifications will be favoured. Additional eligibility criteria established by the Marie Curie ITN program include:

    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 Germany, 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 send a copy to

    Submit your application within the period of July 1st, 2011 to August 31th, 2011. TUHH will not send application documents back. Please submit copies only.

    Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg

    Personalreferat -PV 32/G-

    21071 Hamburg, Germany
    Last edited by Miklós Ivicsics; June 29th, 2011, 03:12 PM.