Vacancy: Scientific development engineer orthopedic surgical instrument

  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • Initial employment will be for one year, with the prospect of a two-year position
  • Date of publication: 25 April 2019
  • Deadline: 15 May 2019
  • Scale 10: max € 60864 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
  • First interview scheduled: 20 May 2019

Please go to the original vacancy post on the Radboudumc website and use the “apply to job” button to submit your application.

Job description

Patients with advanced cancer frequently develop skeletal metastases, which can cause severe pain and pathological fractures of the long bones or spinal cord compression. The current gold standard in treatment is external beam radiotherapy, but if conservative treatment fails or if the risk of a pathological fracture is considered to be high, prophylactic surgical stabilization of the lesion is performed. Surgical stabilization results in immediate pain relief and eliminates the risk of pathological fractures.

The Orthopedics department of Radboudumc is starting a two-year project to develop a minimal invasive surgical treatment for skeletal metastases, to drastically decrease the strain on the patients, while still providing the added benefits of immediate pain relief and stabilization of the bone when compared to radiotherapy. Within this project, we have a vacancy for a scientific researcher.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • You will further develop the prototype instrumentation and surgical technique to perform minimal invasive surgical stabilization of metastatic lesions;
  • You will evaluate the efficacy of the treatment by analyzing its effect on the fracture risk;
  • You will evaluate clinical feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the new surgical intervention;
  • You will report on your research in reports to the grant institution (KWF), in presentations at (inter)national conferences, and in international scientific journals.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • An MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related discipline;
  • Experience in the design of surgical instruments and/or medical equipment;
  • Experience in computational biomechanics and finite element analyses (e.g. MatLab, MSC.MARC, Abaqus, AnyBody);
  • The capacity to participate in an interdisciplinary, international, and translational research environment;
  • Experience and interest in training and supervising junior scientists;
  • The capacity to participate in an interdisciplinary, international, and translational research environment;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


The Orthopaedic Research Lab (ORL) of the Radboudumc performs fundamental and applied research in the field of orthopaedic biomechanics. Our multidisciplinary team consists of engineers, biomedical scientists, physicians, and technical physicians. The ORL is embedded in the Radboudumc Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS).


Radboudumc strives to be a leading developer of sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of people and society in the Netherlands and beyond. This is the core of our mission: To have a significant impact on healthcare. To get a better picture of what this entails, check out our strategy. Read more about what it means to work at Radboudumc and how you can do your part.

Employment conditions

Salary will be in accordance with the relevant national labour agreement (Cao umc) and based on research experience and qualifications.

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be, depending on the type of job, a screening based on the provided cv. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

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Comments and contact information


We request applicants to send a motivation letter explaining their interest and qualifications regarding the position, their prior research/work experience, a CV, and contact information of two professional references.


All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dennis Janssen, assistant professor, via +31 (0)24- 361 69 59 or

Please go to the original vacancy post on the Radboudumc website and use the “apply to job” button to submit your application.

Please apply before 15 May 2019.

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