Location: at the Orthopeadic Research Laboratory of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Researchers in the field of orthopaedic-biomechanics can apply for an ambitious visiting research position for a period of maximally 2 years. The position is available within the Excellence Initiative of the Radboud University and is linked with the fact that Prof. Nico Verdonschot obtained a European Research Council (ERC) Grant from the European Union. The ERC project ‘BioMechTools’ aims to develop diagnostic and evaluation tools for orthopaedic patients. Imaging modalities (dynamic MRI, CT and ultrasound) are used to define geometries and deformations of tissues in the lower limb. Musculoskeletal simulations are utilized to simulate muscle actions and to simulate effects of surgical interventions. Finite element models are created to assess pathologies and surgical variations at a detailed level (ACL injury, meniscectomy, patella-femoral surgery, etc). Innovative ambulant and ultrasound based kinematic measurements systems are under development to quantify true lower limb kinematics under clinically acceptable conditions. Ultimately, these tools are applied to patients to diagnose their pathologies and optimize treatment protocols.
Applicants should have the following profile:
- Candidates should have a strong background in one of the following areas: finite element modeling of the knee, musculoskeletal modeling of the lower limb, 3-D pre-planning of orthopaedic surgery, generation of patient specific surgical guides, kinematic assessment of patients, population based modeling, statistical shape modeling.
- A CV showing that the candidate belongs to the top 10% of his/her field.
- Candidates should be non-Dutch researchers who are based outside of the Netherlands.
- Fellowships are intended for researchers who received their doctorate between two and twelve years ago.
Applicants can expect:
- A funded research position for maximally 2 years
- A unique possibility to get international research experience
- An excellent infrastructure to perform research in the finite element and/or musculoskeletal simulations area
- For researchers within this Excellence Initiative many additional activities are organized to enhance the profile of the research and to promote cross fertilization of research amongst different disciplines.
- Fellows of the Radboud Excellence Initiative become a member of staff at the university. They receive remuneration in line with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities. They will be entered into scale 11 which allows for their monthly pre-tax salary to be between €3,299 and €4,500. As well as this, the Fellow (and their family) is entitled to travel and moving costs as well as personal assistance with relocation.
- Potential applicants can contact Prof. Nico Verdonschot before April 1st 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For further information about the funding scheme see http://www.ru.nl/excellence/practical-0/selection-process