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Fully Funded PhD or Post-Doc Position in Musculoskeletal Modeling & Machine Learning for Surgical Planning (University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

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  • Fully Funded PhD or Post-Doc Position in Musculoskeletal Modeling & Machine Learning for Surgical Planning (University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

    Lab & Project: The Orthopaedic Technologies and Biomechanics Lab at the University of Victoria is seeking applicants for either a PhD or post-doctoral position starting in January or May 2022. Canadian and International applicants are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will further develop existing OpenSim musculoskeletal multi-body dynamic models of the shoulder and work together with machine-learning experts to develop a biomechanics-informed patient-specific pre-operative surgical planning technology for Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. The successful applicant will become a key member of a grant-funded inter-disciplinary team that includes mechanical engineers, computer scientists, machine learning experts, orthopaedic surgeons, and exercise scientists ( see project description on funder website ).

    The successful candidate will join the Orthopaedic Technologies and Biomechanics Lab, which is composed of a diverse group of graduate, undergraduate, and co-op students all working on fundamental biomechanical research, the development of novel technologies for musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, or improving surgical planning. We conduct our research and development through a combination of ex-vivo experiments, computational/statistical modeling, and mechatronic device design. As well, we conduct in-vivo research in collaboration with exercise scientists at the University of Victoria. The lab recently moved into a completely renovated Biosafety Level 2 space with state-of-the-art equipment, and is supported by a range of government and non-government funding sources (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, CFI, Rick Hansen Foundation, etc.). For more details, please visit
    our website.

    Applicant Skills/Qualifications: We are seeking a motivated trainee that has completed a Master’s or Doctoral degree in engineering with a focus on biomedical or biomechanical research. The ideal candidate will have existing knowledge and skills in:
    • musculoskeletal biomechanics
    • computational modeling
      • For PhD applicants, some knowledge of neuro-musculoskeletal modeling (e.g. OpenSim) is preferred but not required
      • For Post-Doc applicants, existing strong expertise in neuro-musculoskeletal modeling IS REQUIRED, preferably with experience in model development
    • computer programming (e.g. Python, MATLAB, etc.)
    • optimization methods
    • machine learning methods at introductory level (would be an asset but is not required)
    • statistics and related software (would be an asset but is not required)
    Competencies: The successful candidate will have demonstrated competencies in:
    • teamwork,
    • leadership,
    • self-motivation,
    • problem-solving,
    • independence of thought,
    • working and solving problems independently,
    • communicating clearly (written and oral) to technical and non-technical audiences.
    Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for contributing to the success of a recently funded inter-disciplinary research project. If the successful candidate is a Post-Doctoral researcher, they will be expected to be able to support and mentor more junior lab members. Alternatively, for a Doctoral trainee, mentorship of other trainees may become a responsibility later in their degree. The successful candidate will be responsible for positively contributing to the environment and collegiality of the lab and team.

    Funding & Academic Program: If the successful candidate is undertaking a PhD, they will receive $40k per year in funding support for 4 years. If the successful candidate is undertaking a Post-Doc, they will receive a 2 year contract with a salary of $70k per year. When eligible, the successful candidate will be supported to apply for external scholarship/fellowship opportunities (e.g. Canadian Graduate Scholarship, CIHR/MSFHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship, etc.). PhD students will also benefit from additional funding through the opportunity to act as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria. For PhD student applicants, please refer to the
    Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies website for details on the academic program and eligibility requirements.

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Our laboratory group is committed to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in line with the
    University of Victoria's policy. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. Our group strives to create a safe and inclusive working environment in which team members from diverse backgrounds and with diverse goals can thrive. We support our team members in achieving work-life balance.

    About the University of Victoria & Victoria, British Columbia: The successful candidate will become a member of the University of Victoria,
    which consistently ranks highly among Canadian universities in terms of the impact of its research. Furthermore, they will join a vibrant Mechanical Engineering Department, which is ranked in the Top 10 in Canada by Times Higher Education. As well, the candidate will be able to live in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The city has a population of approximately 360,000 making it the 15th most populous urban region of Canada. Victoria is an attractive and popular tourist destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. The city is also in the top twenty of world cities for quality-of-life. Victoria has a large national and international student population. With ocean views and mountain vistas, Victoria enjoys a temperate climate and is among the Canadian cities with the highest number of sunny days each year.

    Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with application review beginning on Oct 1st, 2021.

    Interested persons should contact Prof. Giles providing their CV, academic transcripts for all previous degrees, and a brief statement of interest (no more than 1 page):

    Prof. Joshua W. Giles, PhD, PEng
    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria
    Scholar, Institute on Ageing and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria
    Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar
    Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia
    Investigator, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
    Affiliated Researcher, Vancouver Island Health Authority

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