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  • PhD student position in Biomechanics in Stockholm

    I am currently looking for 1-2 new PhD students in projects combining motion analysis with simulation within a general theme of patient-specific biomechanics. Please see the announcement below or the home page. Deadline Dec 11.

    Position announcement: http://www.kth.se/om/work-at-kth/vac...265891?l=en_UK

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    PhD student position in Biomechanics at the Department of Mechanics

    Experimental and numerical investigations of human movement

    KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15,000 first and second level students and more than 1,600 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4,300 employees.

    The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as physics and mathematics, to engineering mechanics with applications such as aeronautics and vehicle engineering. We also offer University degree programs in engineering Physics, Vehicle engineering, Engineering and Education, and “Open Entrance”, as well as a number of International Masters Programs as well as PhD Programs.
    Project

    The biomechanics group within the Department of Mechanics is looking for a strong candidate for a PhD student position in the field of Human Movement Biomechanics. The Biomechanics group within the Structural Mechanics group has staff with a range of backgrounds and expertise, including human movement science, orthopaedics structural engineering, optimization and simulation.

    Biomechanical models frequently used in research and in clinical settings today are nearly always based on a generic scaled model, i.e., healthy adults, while their applications are very often in patient populations whose anatomy can be expected to deviate. This renders such models inaccurate and unreliable, and vastly limits their application.

    This project aims to improve such models’ applicability to patient populations with motion disorders. The objectives are thus to develop person-specific models, thus taking into account an individual’s deformities, altered muscle architecture, etc,. The project has two main parts: the creation of person-specific musculoskeletal models, and the computation and simulation of movement resulting from individual muscle activity.

    The Biomechanics group has close collaboration with clinical and medical professionals. The project may entail both experimental motion data collection as well as computational modeling and simulation.

    Qualifications:
    The applicant should have
    • An MSc degree in Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent.
    • Good knowledge of mechanics
    • Very good ability to communicate in English (written and oral).
    • Willingness to learn Swedish
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
    Prior experience with human motion capture and analysis is seen as a merit.

    Employment:
    A successful candidate is expected to join the Biomechanics and Structural Mechanics Group at the Department of Mechanics. The Biomechanics and Structural Mechanics Group is one of several research groups within the PhD Program in Engineering Mechanics. The position will include about 80% research and 20% teaching assistance.

    Form of employment: Time limited.
    Start date: According to agreement.
    The salary follows the directions provided by KTH.

    Application:
    Application deadline: 2011-12-11
    Employer's reference number: S-2011-0811
    Applications via email to:
    Carolina Eneqvist, carolina@mech.kth.se

    Write reference number in the email subject.

    Applicants about to finish their M.Sc. degrees may be considered for the position. The final decision is expected to be taken in January 2012.

    Application shall include the following documents in PDF format:
    1. A personal letter where the applicants describe themselves, their qualifications and interests. Of particular interest for this position is experience of human movement analysis and should be pointed out explicitly (pdf)
    2. Curriculum Vitae, incl. names and addresses of two references (pdf)
    3. Grade transcripts from university/university college (pdf)
    4. Example of technical writing, e.g. essay, course report or paper (pdf)

    Contact:
    Queries concerning the project content can be directed to:
    Associate professor Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik
    Phone: +46 8 790 7719
    E-mail: lanie@mech.kth.se


    Trade union representative:
    SACO
    Lars Abrahamsson
    Phone: +46 790 50 58
    E-mail: lars.abrahamsson@ee.kth.se
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