Four collaborative PhD positions are available at the Institute for Biomechanics (Department of Health Sciences and Technology). The Institute for Biomechanics is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of the human body. We investigate the mechanics and material properties of the musculoskeletal system, as well as movement control, from a macroscopic (body/organ) scale to a microscopic (cell) scale.
The available position is funded under the EU MSCA Innovative Training Network program "BioTrib". The overall aims of the research program are to develop advances in the performance of natural and artificial joints. The program's focus is on biotribology, which includes friction, lubrication and wear in these interventions. The researchers will gain the necessary interdisciplinary skills demanded by industry to deliver timely and cost-effective solutions to some of the most intractable European healthcare problems in arthritis.
The focus of this research sub-project is to explore methods to mimic the natural lubrication regime of human joints, which includes self-pressurisation of interstitial fluid under load, in a synthetic prosthesis. Employing structural and flow simulation methods, mechanical "unit cell" concepts will be developed, which provide specific flow characteristics supporting load-induced fluid pressurisation. These unit cell components will be combined into a joint-scale system to explore fluid film development, dispersion and depletion over a typical loading cycle. Prototype systems will be constructed using additive manufacturing methods and validated experimentally. You will communicate the results of your research in peer-reviewed journal articles and at international conferences.
You are required to have a master's degree in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering or related relevant field. Also to have demonstrated experience with fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, biomechanical testing, and finite element analysis. Experience with CFD and additive manufacturing methods would be advantageous.
Eligibility is set by the regulations of the MSCA ITN framework. Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Therefore, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. The position is available from January 2022.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Institute for Biomechanics can be found on our website www.biomech.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Stephen Ferguson, email firstname.lastname@example.org (no applications).
|Titel||PhD Position: Design of a Self-Lubricating Prosthesis|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Veröffentlicht||Januar 13, 2021|
|Jobart||PhD/ Doktorand/in  |
|Fachbereiche||Biotechnologie,   Biomedizinische Technik,   Strukturbiologie,   Strömungsphysik,   Maschinenbau  |