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Postdoctoral Researcher in Biomechanics
Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Royal Veterinary College
University of London
Nr. Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
Posted: Oct 20, 2017

Salary: £33,739
Inclusive of London Weighting
Closing Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Interview Date: Thursday 07 December 2017
Reference: CBS-0243-17

This is a fixed term contract until 30 September 2021.

We are searching for a highly motivated, independent, multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Researcher who will work in the Structure & Motion Lab. You will, in coordination with external collaborators, another postdoc, a technician and an administrative assistant as well as the project’s Principal Investigator, conduct comparative biomechanics research investigating the evolution of locomotion in terrestrial vertebrates (specifically, archosaurs; the lineage including crocodiles, birds, Mesozoic dinosaurs and other groups). The work will heavily involve biomechanical analysis including analysis of experimental data such as 3D imaging using x-ray fluoroscopy ("XROMM"), CT and other scan data of recent and fossil animals, plus computer simulation of locomotor biomechanics.

You will lead in all stages of the research. This includes collection and analysis of cadaveric/existing experimental data and implementing Good Research Practice and Health and Safety practices. Skills in biomechanical analysis involving (essential) dynamic computer simulation of locomotion (e.g. OpenSim), and (desirable) experimental analysis of locomotion (e.g. XROMM; inverse dynamics analysis; Matlab programming) are essential to the project and must be evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications demonstrating these skills.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD qualification (awarded, not pending examination) and with extremely relevant research experience in biomechanics or a closely related field, who also have experience of conducting world class research.

In return we offer a generous reward package, including free use of our new Sports and Wellbeing Centre.

This "DAWNDINOS" project is funded by the ERC (EU Horizon 2020) and is led by the PI, Prof. John R. Hutchinson, along with other collaborators.

Apply online.




Two Assistant Professor Positions
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Posted: Sep 27, 2017

The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education is seeking applications from outstanding academic research scientists for two (2) tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the Exercise Science program. The Department is the #2 ranked doctoral program in the country by the National Academy of Kinesiology and is committed to a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We are seeking candidates whose research, teaching, or service prepared them to contribute to this commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Competitive candidates should have a specific interest in one or more of the specialty areas of biomechanics and neuroscience, including, but not limited to, gait mechanisms, neuromuscular control, neurological impairments, rehabilitation, or motor learning/development, with applications across the lifespan from pediatrics/adolescence to older adults.

The ideal candidates will have a research agenda that leverages our core biomechanics/motor control and learning laboratories. Available key equipment includes a Motek gait system, V-Gait 3D instrumented split-belt treadmill and Virtual Reality system, multiple force plates, Delsys EMG, and Vicon motion capture systems. These are complimented by a departmentally-controlled, 2,500 sq. ft. exercise training facility along with core physiology laboratories to support a range of biochemical assays, metabolic rate, body composition (DXA), and other assessments.

There are numerous opportunities for collaboration both within the Department and across the College of Education and the University. The Dell Medical School and the Dell Pediatric Research Institute provide outstanding access to clinical populations across the lifespan. The Exercise Science faculty is highly interactive and maintains multiple strong collaborations with faculty in education, nutrition, biomedical and mechanical engineering, pharmacy, neuroscience, medicine, public health, and psychology. For additional information about the department, see https://education.utexas.edu/departments/kinesiology-health-education.

Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated track record of publications reflecting evidence of an existing line of scholarly research and a record of external funding or strong potential to obtain external funding. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue an active research agenda leading to publications in quality refereed journals and external funding. Postdoctoral training or independent research experience is strongly preferred. A strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, as well as outstanding leadership, organizational and communication skills, are essential.

The position is supported by a competitive start-up package, which includes competitive compensation, attractive laboratory space, and access to state-of-the-art core facilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Exercise Science or a closely related field.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Review of applications will begin October 21, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please provide all requested materials by October 21.
Applicants should upload the following items to the Interfolio system:
  • Cover Letter with contact information
  • Full C.V.
  • Research Statement that includes research accomplishments and future research direction
  • Teaching Statement
  • up to 3 representative publications
  • a list of 3 references with contact information
For questions regarding the application process, please contact Beverly Anderson (512) 232-6023 or beverly.weems@austin.utexas.edu. Questions about the positions can be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Hirofumi Tanaka at hatanaka@austin.utexas.edu.




Postdoc position in computational modeling
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden
Posted: Sep 9, 2017

We invite applications for 2 computational modelling postdoctoral appointments of minimum two years each (with the possibility of extension) in the Vascular Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University, Sweden. The postdocs will perform their research under the supervision of Computational Biologist Dr. Katie Bentley in close collaboration with the experimental labs of Profs. Lena Claesson Welsh, Christer Betsholtz, Elizabetta Dejana and Dr Taija Mäkinen. This is an exceptional opportunity to develop integrated, predictive computer simulations with ongoing experiments at the cutting edge of biological research.

The general area of research is mechanisms of cellular adaptive behaviour during blood vessel formation in developmental and pathological conditions with a particular emphasis on vascular junctional dynamics and permeability. The overall goal is to develop new therapeutic strategies for diseases involving vascular leak and malformations such as cancer, retinopathy and cerebral cavernous malformations.

The major aim is to design and construct new, predictive spatiotemporal computer models to run alongside wetlab experiments to advance our understanding of the complex, multiscale dynamics involved and reveal new biological mechanisms. As such, a pre-requisite is advanced competence in computer programming and experience in developing and working with spatial computer simulations. A PhD in computing, mathematics or a related physical sciences subject is required. Due to the integrated nature of the project with biologists, cross-disciplinary communication skills and an interest to learn and share new ideas and techniques is essential. A passion for creative problem-solving will be highly valued. Experience or interest in specific modelling techniques, including but not limited to one or more of the following, would be a particular advantage: agent-based or lattice modelling methods, biomechanics, flow modelling, dynamical systems, graphics programming, C++, vascular modelling. A background in Biology or Biological modelling would also be an advantage, but not essential; highly computationally proficient applicants from other physical or natural science disciplines are also strongly encouraged to apply and consider how their skills may be applied to this exciting and important area.

The roles come with many opportunities to travel and gain experience working with different high-level collaborators on an international setting, due to the Bentley groups highly integrated approach and dual, transatlantic lab locations in the USA (Boston University) and in Europe (Uppsala University). As such, these postdoc positions are perfectly suited for highly motivated, aspirational individuals who would like the opportunity to work at the forefront of international, interface research and to demonstrate a higher level of independence in their research, as career development opportunities are highly encouraged and prioritized by Dr. Bentley.

Furthermore, the positions come with attractive benefits and salary packages, the opportunity to become part of the strong, dynamic and supportive research community in the Department aswell as gain access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and resources for advanced life sciences as Uppsala University is part of the Swedish consortium, SciLifeLab.se (www.scilifelab.se).

To apply, please send your CV together with the names of three references and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and motivation to join the group to: katie.bentley@igp.uu.se.




Software Engineer (Protein Design, Structure Bioinformatics)
DNASTAR, Inc.
Madison, WI
Posted: Aug 28, 2017

Due to company growth, we are seeking a highly talented and motivated Software Engineer to join our Structural Biology team in the area of computational structure prediction, protein design, and structural bioinformatics. The successful candidate will collaborate in the research, development, and scientific validation of new modeling and simulation techniques for membrane proteins as well as the commercialization of software workflows with these tools. It is expected that the candidate will work in a team environment using an Agile software development process. These efforts will provide better descriptions of protein stability, specificity, and flexibility to customers -- ultimately leading to an increased understanding of structure-function relationships and an improved ability to enrich protein design experiments with desired traits.

Required:
  • Masters, PhD, or equivalent in biochemistry, computational biology, computer science, molecular biology, structural biology, or a related discipline
  • Expert skills and experience in Java or C++ and related tools
  • Strong understanding of object-oriented design and development
  • Working experience with the experimental or computational aspects of protein structure, function, and design
  • Proficient in tools and algorithms used for computational design and analysis of proteins
  • Proven ability to work productively on a team
  • Commitment to quality in product and code (e.g. Agile and test-driven development)
Desirable:
  • 1 or more years of commercial software development or equivalent industry experience
  • Proficiency using Windows, macOS (OS X), and Linux platforms
  • Experience developing for the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP)
  • Experience developing software for multiple platforms
  • Experience developing software for life scientists
  • Leadership in identifying and adopting new technology
  • Experience interfacing with computer clusters, preferably cloud-based
  • Comfortable with large, complex datasets and machine learning algorithms
DNASTAR is a leading developer of desktop computer software for molecular and structural biologists. Established in 1984, our products are used by pharmaceutical, biotech and academic researchers in more than 90 countries. We have a team oriented work environment, along with a competitive health, dental and 401k benefits package.

To apply, visit our LinkedIn Jobs page: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/cap/view/423466399/?pathWildcard=423466399&trk=mcm
For more information, please contact Dr. Steve Darnell (darnells@dnastar.com, no calls please).




PostDoc: Musculoskeletal Modeling for Lower Limb Orthotic and Prosthetic Technologies
Posted: Feb 17, 2017

Salary according to TV-L (initially limited to 3 years, with possibility of being extended to 2 more years, full-time)

The post holder will work at the Clinics for Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University Medical Center Göttingen (http://cuop-umg.de) and will be hired as part of the newly established BMBF INOPRO project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project is coordinated by OttoBock HealthCare GmbH, world-leading company in orthotic/prosthetic technologies and includes a research consortium of 11 academic and industry partners. For more information please visit this link.

The candidate should hold a master’s degree in biomedical or mechanical engineering or an equivalent degree and a PhD degree or equivalent qualification (at least one year of research experience) in the area of biomechanical modeling with experience in musculoskeletal modeling and simulation and application to wearable assistive technologies including lower limb orthoses and prostheses.

The successful applicant will have accomplished work involving one or more of the following areas: musculoskeletal modeling and simulation, model-based synthesis of bipedal locomotion, identification of muscular/articular impedance, locomotion neuromechanics and energetics, motor learning, and system identification and control.

One of the post holder’s key responsibilities will be the development of computational model-based approaches for the synthesis of human motor skills into advanced orthotic and prosthetic technologies. Candidates must have good programming knowledge including C/C++, Python, and MATLAB programming/scripting packages.

The successful post holder will work towards the following tasks:
  • Developing computational frameworks for musculoskeletal modeling and simulation.
  • Translating insights from musculoskeletal modeling into biologically inspired control systems for wearable technologies.
Previous experience in a scientific environment will be a great advantage. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. This job represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual with a team-oriented spirit and a high level of intellectual and scientific competence. Please send via email a (1) cover letter, clearly stating qualifications for the position, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of research objectives/interests, and (4) the names of three professional references.

Please apply until 10.March.2017 to: Ms Carmen Modrok, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Klinik für Unfallchirurgie, Orthopädie und Plastische Chirurgie, Von-Siebold-Str. 6 37075 Göttingen Tel.: +49 (0)551 / 39-20101 Fax: +49 (0)551 / 39-20110 E-Mail: carmen.modrok@med.uni-goettingen.de

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