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Research Intership/Master Thesis in Biomechanics, Berlin

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  • Research Intership/Master Thesis in Biomechanics, Berlin

    The Julius Wolff Institute is within the university structure of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. As a research institute we run applications and basic research in the fields of orthopaedics and trauma surgery. Our main research field is the regeneration and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system as well as the improvement of joint replacement.

    Your Responsibilities
    Aseptic loosening is one of the most common complications after total hip replacement. It is often caused by resorption of the bone surrounding the implant due to stress shielding (the partial unloading of the bone). For the patient, the consequence of prosthesis loosening may be severe pain which usually results in cost-intensive revision surgery. Therefore, maintaining a load distribution in the femur as near as possible to the physiological situation is an important factor for permanent anchorage of the hip prosthesis in the bone. In this project, the design of a newly developed anatomical prosthesis will be investigated.

    In this context, the Julius Wolff Institute is looking for a highly motivated individual for an internship or Master thesis. You will develop finite element models of the hip implanted with the newly developed implant and determine alterations in bone tissue strains compared to the healthy situation (intact femur). You will simulate different activities of daily living, such as walking and stair climbing. Investigations on implant design and positioning of the implant during surgery will be part of your goals. The project is part of a close collaboration with clinical and industrial partners.

    Your Profile
    - Student of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related discipline
    - Knowledge of finite element modelling
    - Team player and strong communicator
    - Work on own initiative
    - Quick learner and willing to share knowledge
    - Excellent grades are expected

    Contact Dr. Sara Checa
    Julius Wolff Institute, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin