Postdoctoral position - Dynamic Musculoskeletal Function in Spinal Deformity
The Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Training (IORT) is a multidisciplinary group associated with KU Leuven and the University Hospitals Leuven. We work primarily in the Department of Orthopaedics, with the goal of leveraging cutting-edge research with clinical expertise to enhance diagnostic work-up, surgical protocols and postop rehabilitation with the ultimate aim to improve patient outcomes. We work toward this goal by providing opportunities for surgical training while conducting innovative research. In this endeavour, we are currently striving to enhance our insights in subjects with spinal deformity through a combined three dimensional analysis of musculoskeletal structure and function. Hereto, we leverage instrumented motion analysis, as a tool to assess function, with image-based subject-specific musculoskeletal models, documenting the aberrant musculoskeletal structure of spinal deformity subjects. Further simulations have the ability to provide unprecedented insights in
the complex interplay between spinal and lower limb musculoskeletal mechanics and how they are affected by spinal deformity and/or its treatment. Through these insights we are seeking to improve orthopaedic surgical care and rehabilitation to improve patient outcomes.
The candidate is expected to further advance our ongoing research line on dynamic functional analysis of spinal deformity patients. He/she will oversee and further develop translational activities with an existing network of clinical and industrial partners, including the use of clinical balance scales, motion analysis and subject specific musculoskeletal modelling. Furthermore, the candidate will take up an active role in scientific dissemination of ongoing and planned research and contribute to defining the future valorization and grant application strategy.
This funded project involves multi-disciplinary collaborations between the IORT (Prof. L. Scheys, Dr. L. Moke, Dr. S. Schelfaut), Clinical Motion Analysis Laboratory (Prof. K. Desloovere), the Human Movement Biomechanics Lab (Prof. I. Jonkers). In obtaining the project goals the successful candidate will assist in supervising an existing multidisciplinary team of researchers appointed to this project.
Highly motivated applicants with a doctoral degree (PhD) in rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy, biomedical sciences, biomechanics or a related discipline are invited. Profound knowledge of motion analysis, human joint biomechanics, musculoskeletal simulations are useful assets and candidates will be asked to demonstrate his/her expertise using dedicated software tools (e.g. Opensim, FEbios, Abaqus, Anybody) at the time of the interview. We expect the candidate to demonstrate strong communication and writing skills in English. In addition to the interest in solving scientific problems through in-vivo biomechanical analysis, experience with, or affinity for, the clinical translation of biomechanical research in collaboration with clinical or industrial partners is highly valued. A creative mindset, strong team-oriented work ethic, and willingness to develop new skills are a must.
The position is being offered for 2 years. Extension is subject to satisfactory progress. Salary will be offered full-time, according to university regulations and depending on level of qualification. Location of work will primarily be in University Hospitals Leuven - campus Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.
Additionally, we offer:
* a young, highly motivated and international team of researchers,
* a modern, dynamic working environment,
* a state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory conveniently located within campus Pellenberg, Belgium,
* a strong supervisory team with room for own initiative,
* the possibility for unique interactions with high-level, research-oriented orthopaedic surgeons,
* integration in our international network of academic and industrial partners.