International Society of Biomechanics
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PhD student - Statistical Shape Modelling and Analysis of knee structures

PhD position
08 Feb 2019
08 Feb 2019
Antwerpen, Vlaanderen
Universiteit Antwerpen

Imec-Visionlab and the Orthopaedics research group at the University of Antwerp have an open position for a PhD candidate to work on developing innovative methods for Statistical Shape Modelling and Analysis of knee structures. This multidisciplinary project will be supervised jointly by prof Jan Sijbers (Imec-Visionlab) and prof Peter Verdonk (Orthopaedics research group at the University of Antwerp).

The aim of the project is to develop an innovative treatment algorithm for patients after a meniscectomy and to provide anatomical input for a novel meniscus implant design by means of statistical shape modelling.

Statistical shape modelling is a technique to capture the natural variation within a population of shapes. It has a wide range of applications in medicine, industry, and science. In this PhD project, new methods will be developed to recommend a specific type of meniscus implant based on the shape of various knee structures.

The project consists of two main tasks. First, a statistical shape model of the knee joint is to be created in order to represent the knee shape in a compact and concise way. Second, this statistical shape model is to be integrated with machine learning techniques in order to recommend a specific choice of meniscus implant.

This PhD project will proceed in coordination with MEFISTO: a large EU-funded Horizon 2020 project involving 4 Universities and 9 Companies throughout Europe. Various opportunities will be presented within this PhD position to collaborate with top researchers and industry partners.

Interested candidates are invited to send a motivation letter, a detailed CV (including followed courses, honours, grades, previous work, programming skills, publications, …) and contact info of two references to with cc to and with subject ‘PHD_MEFISTO_2019’.