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MSc and PhD positions at University of Western Ontario (Biomechanics)

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  • MSc and PhD positions at University of Western Ontario (Biomechanics)

    Dr. Ryan Willing is seeking MSc and PhD candidates in the areas of Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Biomechanics in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada).

    Candidates will perform research in the areas of joint biomechanics (motion, contact mechanics) and design (e.g. novel implants) related to orthopaedic surgery, with applications to the knee, shoulder or elbow. Examples of current ongoing studies include:

    1. Multiobjective design optimization of reverse shoulder replacement implants
    2. In-vitro characterization of the individual contributions of bone / implant shape and soft tissues to knee stability and kinematics (with similar studies planned for the elbow)
    3. In-vitro and computational analyses of total elbow replacement durability

    Candidates will ideally have a background in Mechanical Engineering, and prior experience in the broad areas of biomechanics, computational methods (e.g. FEM, computational biomechanics, 3D image analysis) and design (CAD, design optimization, design under uncertainty) would be considered assets. Candidates will have the opportunity to perform research on a state-of-the-art AMTI VIVO joint motion simulator, work alongside orthopaedic surgeons and fellows, and participate in activities related to the Western Bone and Joint Institute. Depending on the candidate’s previous experience and future goals, studies may be weighted more towards computational methods or experimental methods.

    If interested, please contact Dr. Ryan Willing (

    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Ryan Willing, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    (starting July 1 2017 at UWO; currently at Binghamton University)