Ph.D. Studentship

MEM Research Center
Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics
University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland

"Femero-Acetabular Impingement as an Initiator of Hip Joint Degeneration"

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Biomechanics group at
the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics, MEM Research
Center, University of Bern. The group comprises a multi-disciplinary
research team with projects in the areas of orthopaedic implant design and
evaluation, the development of new techniques for orthopaedic surgery,
computational modelling (finite element analysis), soft-tissue mechanics
and tissue engineering. The successful applicant will join a project aimed
at evaluating current hypotheses of the mechanical link between acetabular
labrum pathology and the onset of hip joint degeneration. Through an
interdisciplinary approach, methods will be developed for co-registering CT
and MRI three-dimensional image datasets to facilitate patient-specific
estimates of joint range of motion, the internal mechanical environment
within the cartilage layers of the pathological hip will be simulated
during labrum impingement, and the effectiveness of proposed treatment
strategies will be evaluated by simulating the post-operative correction.
Research will include laboratory testing and computational modelling.

The position is available immediately. Candidates with an MSc or
equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely
related field should apply. Experience with any of the following would be a
distinct advantage: mechanical testing equipment and procedures, Labview,
CAD and FEM software and image analysis. Knowledge of the German language
is not required but would be advantageous. Funding is available for three
years.

Interested candidates should send their resume with references and
university transcripts to:

Stephen Ferguson, Ph.D.
Division Head - Biomechanics
MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery
Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics
University of Bern
Stauffacherstrasse 78
CH-3014 Bern, Switzerland
Tel: +41 31 631 5925
Fax: +41 31 631 5960
Email: Stephen.Ferguson@MEMcenter.unibe.ch
http://www.MEMcenter.unibe.ch/

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