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Postdoc to design a novel total knee replacement to resolve instability issues

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production, a position as postdoc in orthopedic biomechanics is open for appointment from December 1st, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for a period of 2 years and 7 months. Department of Materials and Production (MP) has a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department's mission is to meet the future's demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials' applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, biomechanics and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators, several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, as an employee at the Department, you will become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Job description

The research area of the postdoc position will be within orthopedic biomechanics and you will be part of the biomechanics research group. Your research will be within the project Total Knee Arthroplasty Implants Optimized for Post-operative Stability financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project is a collaborative effort between Aalborg University, Radboud University Medical Center, The Nederlands, University of Twente, The Nederlands and the companies AnyBody Technology A/S, Denmark and Orthosensor Inc, United States.

The research project:

Knee osteoarthritis is a frequently occurring joint disease that causes pain, joint deformity, reduced quality-of-life and walking disability. At advanced stages, joint replacement, so-called total knee arthroplasty (TKA), may be necessary. Although TKA is generally considered successful, 16-30% of patients are dissatisfied. There are multiple reasons for this, but some of the most frequent reasons for revision are instability and joint stiffness. A possible explanation for this is that the implant geometry is not optimized to ensure joint stability in the individual patient. This we wish to change in this project by developing a new patient-specific implant optimized to ensure knee stability and implement it using intraoperative sensors to ensure an optimized result. This methodology we will compare against traditional TKA to document that we obtain better post-operative knee stability.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The purpose of your PostDoc project is, therefore, to develop this novel TKA implant and compare its performance against traditional TKA in cadavers. To tailor the implant to the patient-specific biomechanics, you will create patient-specific musculoskeletal models based on pre-operative data, such as medical imaging and laxity measurements and optimize the implant geometry to obtain the desired knee biomechanics.

Limited teaching within the area can be expected, but also in other study programmes at the University.

Required qualifications:

  • You are a highly motivated candidate who is able to work in a small team and prepared to stay with other network partners for extended periods of time
  • You have scientific qualifications preferably at PhD–level within mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, robotics, or equivalent
  • You have experience in mechanical design, computational modelling and optimization
  • You have to be fluent in English both oral and written.

Desired qualifications:

  • You have experience with knee modelling
  • You have experience with implant design
  • You have experience with cadaver experiments
  • You have experience with additive manufacturing. 
You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen, Phone: +4530354170 and email: msa@mp.aau.dk.

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact HR-Partner Lise Søndergård Jacobsen by email est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9567.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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