At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark, a two year Post doc position is available within the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) "KNEEMO" Project. The position is open for appointment from June 1, 2015 or soon thereafter. Department of Health Science and Technology carries out multidisciplinary research, teaching and dissemination within biomedical engineering, sports science and medicine. The department has more than 200 employees and is responsible for more than 1200 students. More than 90 PhD students are enrolled in the doctoral school affiliated to the department. The researchers are organized in a number of research groups and centres, and the department has at its disposal laboratory and clean room facilities for 3D movement analysis, respiratory and circulatory examinations, sensory and motor functions analysis, cell growth, molecular biology, brain analysis, etc. The study programmes include bachelor and master programmes within Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, Medicine, Medicine with Industrial Specialisation, and Sports Science; master programmes within Clinical Science and Technology, Public Health, and Sports Technology, as well as part-time master programmes within Health Informatics and Sexology. A new part-time master programme within Pain Science and Multidisciplinary Pain Management will start 2014. All study programmes at Aalborg University involve problem-based learning, organized around cases and projects. For more, see:

Job description
KNEEMO is an ITN funded by the European Union under the Marie Curie Actions in Framework Programme 7. It aims to train up a new generation of research leaders in the field of knee osteoarthritis (KOA), focussing on prevention and personalised interventions. KNEEMO is led from Glasgow Caledonian University, and includes VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, University of Münster, Aalborg University, University of Southern Denmark, Paracelsus University Salzburg, XSens and Peacocks as full partners.

Research project
Current knee models are typically based on generic information on human anatomy, physiology and mechanics and are, therefore, of limited applicability when studying specific research questions related to biomechanical impairments and mechanisms, risk factors and health outcomes in KOA. The objective of the present work is, therefore, to develop personalised joint models for KOA which include anatomical structure, physiology and the impact of adverse biomechanics. You will work with advanced computer modelling and simulations in the AnyBody Modeling System and Finite Element Analysis packages, with input from real patient data collected elsewhere in the KNEEMO consortium. The development and validation of the model will be carried out using anatomical, physiological and biomechanical data.

Required qualifications:
  • You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work in a small team and who is prepared to stay with other network partners for extended periods of time as required by the ITN.
  • You have a PhD in mechanical, biomedical engineering or equivalent or at least four years of research experience within one or more of these areas.
  • You have experience in Finite Element Analysis and multi-body dynamics.
  • You have experience with knee modelling.
  • You have to be fluent in English both oral and written.

As required by ITN:
  • You have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience counted from the diploma that gives the rights to embark in a doctoral degree.
  • You have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Desired qualifications:
  • You have experience with mechanobiology.
  • You have knowledge of Osteoarthritis (OA) and ideally modelling of KOA.
  • You have experience with musculoskeletal modelling with software packages like AnyBody or OpenSim.
  • You have experience with segmentation of CT scans and MRI.
  • You have experience with motion capture and EMG.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Mark de Zee ( or Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen (

Qualification requirements:
Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:
  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD).
  • Scientific qualifications.
  • A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The application is only to be submitted online by using the following link: