International Society of Biomechanics
Gold sponsor

Postdoc position in musculoskeletal modelling (Montreal)

14 Dec 2017
14 Dec 2017
Montréal, QC
Université de Montréal

Research topic: Musculoskeletal modeling: theoretical development and application to health and safety at work.


Duration: 12 months

Start: March 2018

Funding: between 32,000 and 40,000$CAD depending on experience + social benefits



The S2M team develops new knowledge on human movement based on measurements and simulation models for applications ranging from rehabilitation to sports performance.

The S2M laboratory is known internationally for his work on the shoulder and the many issues associated with this joint.

Two research assistants, three master students, eight doctoral students and one postdoctoral fellow use on a daily basis the high-end equipment available in the laboratory (eighteen Vicon cameras, sixteen Delsys EMG, including indwelling electrodes, Contrex isokinetic dynamometer, instrumented treadmills, instrumented manual handling box).


Projects descriptions:

1. Musculoskeletal modeling in health and safety at work:

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) of the shoulder is a public health issue. Women, as well as new or young employees are more prone to upper limb injuries.

An understanding of shoulder biomechanics in manual handling task would lead to recommendations in health and safety at work.

This project aims to evaluate the sensitivity of a biomechanical model of the shoulder during manual handling task through two analyzes contrasting men vs. women, and experts vs. novices.

The mid-term objective is to use the model to estimate the risk of injury in the workplace.

The candidate will work with the students already active on this project (Romain Martinez, Jason Bouffard and Élodie M. Dubreuil) on the biomechanical data (kinematics, EMG, force) already collected (about 90 participants).


2. Innovate in musculoskeletal modeling:

The laboratory has developed an algorithm for estimating muscle forces from kinematics and EMG (Bélaise et al., 2017). This algorithm allows to identify the muscular parameters such as the maximum isometric force by means of maximal isometric and isokinetic test.

The candidate's objective, in collaboration with the students already active on the project (Colombe Bélaise and Benjamin Michaud) will be to pursue these developments or to apply the method to the lower limb.


Required skills:

- Good writing skills

- Musculoskeletal modeling (Opensim, Anybody or other)

- Programming (Matlab or Python)


Application: interested candidates are invited to send their application (a covering letter, a complete CV and two letters of reference) to: and