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  • postdoc position at Delft University of Technology on patient-specific modeling

    Maximum employment Maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE)

    Duration of contract 2 years

    Salary scale €2861 to €3755 per month gross

    The 3ME Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 
Biomechanical Engineering is an education and research department at the Delft University of Technology, located in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE). The Department of Biomechanical Engineering coordinates education and research activities in the field of mechanical engineering techniques, such as modeling and design, to analyze the interaction between biological and technical systems

    We are seeking a full-time post-doc for the FP7 Research Project “Neurological and Neuromuscular diseases”, which is part of the European “MD-Paedigree” programme, started in march 2013.
    The MD-Paedigree programme focuses on the development and evaluation of a scaling method for children, to be applied in existing NMS models used in clinical gait analysis (CGA), taking into account subject specific bony deformities. Also anthropometric measures and DXA will be explored and pathology specific muscle parameters will be taken into account. We will re-use the HBM Motek model for real time CGA, in order to assess the function and performance of the underlying muscle activation, muscle forces, and joint loads to unravel the etiology of the pathological gait pattern of patients. Finally, MD-Paedigree will integrate the pre‐processing of imaging and gait analysis data into a full musculoskeletal model through NMS Builder and the OpenSIM musculoskeletal modeling environment to attain 3 disease-specific predictive biomechanical models supporting:
    ▪ Ethiopathological reasoning
    ▪ More effective scoring of disease severity
    ▪ Treatment planning

    You will bring in your expertise on musculoskeletal modeling, preferably on the lower extremity, and will work in a multidisciplinary team divided over TU Delft, the VU medical center and MOTEK-Medical in Amsterdam. Your main objective will be to integrate HBM and Opensim and to work on the pipeline from medical imaging through parameter extraction to musculoskeletal model individualization.


    • Experience with musculoskeletal modeling, preferably of the lower extremity
    • Extensive programming skills (e.g. Matlab or C++), and preferably experience in imaging techniques
    • PhD in Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering, Human Movement Science or other related fields.
    • English level C1 or higher.

    We offer a challenging postdoc position for two-years. TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible workweek, free high-speed Internet access from and the option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 

    For more information about this position, please check, or contact Prof. dr. H.E.J. Veeger, e-mail:
    To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by December 1, 2013 to M.J.B. Kole,
 When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy Postdoc Paedigree/BMechE