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PhD position: Using advanced imaging and modelling techniques to investigate the functioning of the musculoskeletal system

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    Prof E Vereecke
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Muscles & Movement group is a small research team of KU Leuven who is active on the campuses in Bruges and Kortrijk (Belgium) and who carries out fundamental and applied research on the functioning and malfunctioning of the musculoskeletal system, such as thumb osteoarthritis. Our team consists of engineers and biologists who work together on different research projects on the human and nonhuman primate musculoskeletal system. Current techniques in our group include medical image-based 3D kinematics, 3D Geometric Morphometrics, FEA, computational modelling, motion tracking, sensors and biomechanical cadaver experiments. We typically combine in vivo, in vitro and in silico approaches in our studies.


In our research projects, we use advancedimaging and modelling techniques to investigate the functioning of themusculoskeletal system. Recently, we have developed an image-based approach toquantify the 3D kinematics of the thumb and wrist joints. We want to furtherexpand this Python-routine so that it can be applied to different joint systems, suchas the shoulder joint complex. Together with the development of rigid bodysimulations this will enable us to evaluate the effect of specific configurationsof the shoulder joint on the biomechanical behaviour of the joint (e.g.kinematics, intra-articular pressure distribution) and contribute to a betterunderstanding of the pathomechanism of rotator cuff tears.


- You have obtained a Master degree in Engineering (Mechanical/Biomedical) or Movement Sciences or similar by experience and you graduated with excellent grades (minimal requirement: Distinction).
- You have experience with computer programming (e.g. Python, Matlab)
- Experience with image and signal processing and sensors (IMUs) is an added value.
- You have a good insight of (bio)mechanical concepts.
- You are fluent in English (written and spoken).
- You are interested in the functioning and evolution of the human body.
- You are eager to acquire new knowledge and skills and you like to take initiative.


- A young, dynamic and multidisciplinary research team.
- International collaboration within the project and the possibility to present your work at international conferences and meetings.
- Training in transferable skills offered by the Biomedical Doctoral School, KU Leuven.
- Possibility to be involved in undergraduate teaching.
- Independence, flexibility and a dedicated thesis supervisor.
- The opportunity to develop your own research project.
- A full-time PhD position for 1 year starting in February-March 2020; extension to 4 years is subject to obtaining competitive funding.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Evie Vereecke, e-mail: [Email Address Removed].

You can apply for this job no later than January 31, 2020 via the online application tool:

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at [Email Address Removed].

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