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  • PhD Position - Musculoskeletal Modelling and Simulation of Upper‐limb Biomechanics

    Supervisors: Prof. Margit Gföhler, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    Prof. Marcus Pandy, University of Melbourne, Australia

    A research scholarship is available immediately for an appropriately qualified individual to
    pursue a PhD degree at Vienna University of Technology working on an exciting new project
    funded by the Austrian Science Foundation FWF. The goal of the research is to design and
    build a novel wheelchair propulsion system using state‐of‐the‐art methods in computational
    musculoskeletal modeling and optimization theory applied to biomechancis of the human
    upper‐limb. Gait analysis experiments will also be performed to validate the musculoskeletal
    modeling procedures and to test the performance of the new wheelchair propulsion system
    design.

    Candidates for this position must hold a master's degree in mechanical engineering,
    biomedical engineering or a related discipline. The successful candidate will have a strong
    background in rigid‐body mechanics and demonstrable skills in computer programming. A
    working knowledge of musculoskeletal biomechanics is also desirable.

    The research project is a collaboration between Vienna University of Technology, University
    of Melbourne, Australia, and the AUVA Rehabilitation Center “Weisser Hof“, Austria.
    The proposed commencement date is September 1, 2013, and funding is available for 3
    years.

    Interested candidates should send their application in English including a complete CV and
    an accompanying letter detailing the candidate's motivations, his or her previous experience,
    and relevant skills, preferably by email to: margit.gfoehler@tuwien.ac.at.
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