10/04/2017

PhD in biomedical engineering & computational tissue engineering

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    17/11/2017 22:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/01/2018

A recently started European INTERREG project, PROSPEROS, aims to develop personalized bioactive implants for functional recovery in order to significantly improved Quality of Life in an aging population by enabling patients to maintain active mobility at an advanced age.  An optimal design of patient specific implants involves the optimization of both the macro level (tissue/organ scale) as the micro level (cell). The macro geometry refers to the general shape of an implant where a personalized design of the implant will lead to increased implant stability (better fit), integration and (mechanical) functionality. Micro geometry refers to the topology and the interaction of the implant with cells inside and outside of the implant. Is has been shown that cells respond (in a positive and negative way) to specific surface topographies and properties, an property that is exploited in the quest for optimal scaffold design in the context of Tissue Engineering. The research team of Prof Geris has ample experience with macroscopic and microscopic implant design for a variety of degradable and non-degradable biomaterials (including metals and calcium phosphates) for skeletal applications (see also http://www.biomech.ulg.ac.be). In the context of the PROSPEROS project, 2 PhD students will build on this accumulated expertise and translate the already developed models to new applications (hip & spine) and materials (biodegradable metals).  Design optimization (of both the micro and macro design) will be carried out in silico and subsequently 3D printed to be tested in vitro and in vivo by project partners (academic institutions and companies in Flanders and the Netherlands), providing additional input to optimize the computer models. 

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

For this position we are looking for a biomedical engineering with a keen interest and proven ability in computer modeling or a applied mathematician/physician/computer scientist with a keen interest in biological problems. The candidate should be skilled in the use of formal computational languages or software (e.g. R, Matlab) and have experience with the use of commercial or free finite element software and/or computational fluid dynamics software. The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in a team of both modellers and experimental biologists/clinicians. 

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
KU Leuven
Belgium
Leuven
3000
Herestraat 49

EURAXESS offer ID: 209099

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