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Post-doctoral or advanced research scientist position in foot biomechanics at University of Geneva

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  • Post-doctoral or advanced research scientist position in foot biomechanics at University of Geneva

    The Service of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Patient Education of the Geneva University Hospitals and University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland) is hiring a post-doctoral researcher or an advanced research scientist for a project in collaboration with the Ecole polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Kinesiology laboratory at the University of Geneva.
    Applications are welcome from early career scientists with an outstanding track record or strong interest in the field of: Prevention of diabetic foot ulcers and foot off-loading

    The aim of the project is to develop a smart footwear with intelligent pressure off-loading for patients with diabetes to prevent foot ulcers and amputations:

    The position is part-time (60%) and is offered for an initial term of two years, with the possibility of prolongation for up to four additional years. The position is actually funded by Swiss National Science Foundation Bridge Discovery funding program ( The successful candidate will work in collaboration with medical doctors, engineers and specialists in foot biomechanics.

    Your role
    The successful candidate is expected to perform the following tasks:
    • Investigating the role of foot biomechanics in increased plantar pressure and in designing therapeutic shoes with an intelligent off-loading technology in people with diabetes mellitus.
    • Designing and performing a clinical study both in healthy volunteers and diabetic patients, with recently developed shoe prototypes.
    • Evaluating the impact of the shoes on plantar pressure and spatio-temporal gait parameters.
    • Disseminating results through scientific publications and conferences
    • Preparing new research proposals to attract industrial, national and international projects
    We’re looking for person driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place! Candidates need to have a Licence degree in a field related to biomechanics/human movement science. The ideal candidate for this position should have a background in foot biomechanics in diabetes and interest in clinical gait analysis. Speaking French is not mandatory but will be considered an advantage.

    Application selection & Selection Process
    Only applications received before July 1, 2021 will be considered.Candidates should send to
    1. A two page CV
    2. A list of publications (authors, title, journal/conference name and date of publication).
    3. A one page motivation letter explaining why their skills, knowledge and experience make them a particularly suitable candidate for the given position.
    4. A 500 words research proposal on the problematic described above.
    5. Contact details of three referees (do not send reference letters).
    Deadline and starting date:
    Applications will be considered starting from April 12, 2021, and then continuously until the position is filled. The position will be available from September 1, 2021.