Vacancy: Postdoc

  • 32.4 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • One year contract with the possibility to a permanent employment contract
  • Date of publication: 28 February 2019
  • Deadline: 22 March 2019
  • Scale 10: max € 60864 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
  • First interview scheduled: 25 March 2019

Job description

Within national and international consortia, the Orthopaedic Research Lab is developing computational tools to predict and evaluate the outcome of orthopaedic interventions. Within this research track we develop, improve and apply computational tools to evaluate the performance of orthopaedic implants in the pre-clinical stage. For this purpose, we combine experimental testing, musculoskeletal modeling, and finite element analyses, with the ultimate aim of improving the survival of joint replacement. To make the simulations more robust, we want to deploy population-based analyses and statistical shape modeling, which allows us to investigate the effects of patient- and surgery-related variability.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Supervise the PhD students working on various projects related to fixation of total joint replacement;
  • Responsible for the development of a workflow to perform population-based analyses of implant performance;
  • You are expected to report on your research at international conferences and publish in international scientific journals;
  • Write and assist in writing of grant proposals for new research.


  • A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related discipline;
  • Experience in computational biomechanics and finite element analyses (e.g. MatLab, MSC.MARC, Abaqus, AnyBody);
  • Preferably experience in population-based analyses and/or statistical shape (and appearance) modeling;
  • A strong academic track record including publications in leading (inter)disciplinary journals;
  • 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

  • Initial employment will be for one year, with the prospect of a permanent position;
  • Salary will be in accordance with the relevant national labour agreement (Cao umc) and based on research experience and qualifications;
  • The start date for this position is as soon as possible;
  • 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.
  • Read more about the Radboudumc employment conditions and what our International Office can do for you when moving to the Netherlands.

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 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 22 March 2019.

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