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  • Research Engineer in joint simulation, Leuven, Belgium

    The Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Training (IORT) of the University Hospitals Leuven/KU Leuven invites applications for a
    Research Engineer - Dynamic In-Vitro Simulations of Lower-Limb Joints

    The Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Training (IORT) is a multidisciplinary group associated with KU Leuven and the University Hospitals Leuven. We work primarily in the Department of Orthopaedics, with the goal of leveraging cutting edge research with clinical expertise to ultimately enhance surgical protocols and improve patient outcomes. We work toward this goal by providing opportunities for surgical training while conducting innovative research.

    In this endeavour, in vitro joint simulators have proven to be some of our most useful tools. In vitro joint simulators have the ability to impose controlled motion and physiological loading on cadaveric joints. They provide unprecedented insights into how joint mechanics are affected by orthopaedic procedures, leading to fundamental insights, supporting improved patient outcomes. Two such in vitro simulator systems are currently available at KU Leuven: a knee joint simulator and a foot- ankle complex simulator.

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    The candidate will be expected to implement and validate technological advancements for both simulators in terms of hardware, software (including data collection, processing and storage), and control system design. Furthermore, he/she will be optimizing and unifying the start-to-finish operational flow surrounding both simulators in view of future research projects as well surgical training sessions. Finally, the candidate may also have an active role in the design and execution of experiments as well as the scientific dissemination of their results. Through this, you will contribute to further strengthening and consolidating our close collaborations with industry, clinicians and researchers in our ambition to improve outcome of surgery. Furthermore, by integrating this platform into our current surgical training and education programs we aim to, for the first time, provide trainees with unique biomechanical feedback, thus greatly improving its effect on surgical quality.

    This funded project involves multi-disciplinary collaborations between the IORT (Prof. L. Scheys), the Human Movement Biomechanics Lab (Prof. I. Jonkers), the division of Biomechanics (Prof. J. Vander Sloten and Prof. L. Labey) and the Anatomy Skills Center (Prof. P. Herijgers). In obtaining the project goals the successful candidate will be advised and supervised by a senior researcher appointed to this project, as well as the involved academic staff.


    Highly motivated applicants with a masters degree in mechanical engineering, biomechanical engineering, mechatronics or related discipline with expertise in human joint biomechanics (preferably knee or ankle) are invited. Proficiency in control system design, mechanical design, and scientific programming languages (Matlab, Labview, Python,…), as well as knowledge of musculoskeletal simulations are strong surpluses. We expect the candidate to demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills in English. Furthermore, we value sense for teamwork, experience in planning and implementation of (in vitro) laboratory measurements, as well as the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.


    The position will be available from 1st October 2017 onwards and is being offered for 2 years. Extension as well as the possibility to obtain a PhD is subject to the candidate’s performance and availability of funding. Salary will be offered full-time, according to university regulations and depending on level of qualification. Location of work will primarily be in University Hospitals Leuven – campus Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.

    Additionally, we offer:
    • a young, highly motivated and international team of researchers,
    • a modern, dynamic working environment,
    • in a state-of-the-art laboratory conveniently located within the centre of Leuven, Belgium,
    • a strong supervisory team with room for own initiative,
    • the possibility for unique interactions with high-level, research-oriented orthopaedic surgeons,
    • integration in our international network of academic and industrial partners.


    Please send your complete application (including a CV, degree certificates and a short statement of research interests and experience) through the online application tool of the KU Leuven.

    To discuss any questions concerning the job profile please contact:
    Lennart Scheys, Director of the Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Training (IORT) (Tel. +32 (0)16 34 08 85). Email:

    You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2017 via the
    online application tool