International Society of Biomechanics
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Shoulder Biomechanical Research

Post doc and PhD positions
27 Mar 2019
27 Mar 2019
Cape Town, n/a
South Africa
University of Cape Town

Purpose: Applications are invited from suitable candidates for a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab at the University of Cape Town, carrying out research into the effect of Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA) prosthesis design changes on post-surgical glenohumeral biomechanics. The successful candidate will be required to commence the fellowship in April 2019. The identified research fellow would be working with both Department of Human Biology and Orthopaedic Research Unit (ORU). The fellowship is funded for a six-month period and the project is funded by ‘VC’s Research Leadership Project 2030’.

Call for Application: The applicants should possess in-depth knowledge in the following areas for being considered for the fellowship;
•Prior knowledge of glenohumeral/upper arm biomechanics
•Computational modelling of human body
•Finite element analysis using ABAQUS/ANSYS
•Medical device development
•Cadaver trials
•At least one publication in peer-reviewed journal

Conditions of Award:
Eligible candidates 
•must have achieved their doctoral degree within the past five years, and may not have held prior full-time permanent academic or professional posts,  
•will be required to register as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town and to comply with relevant policies, procedures and practices, 
•will be expected to produce at least two peer-reviewed publications in ISI-rated journals. 
•will be requested to participate in limited teaching and/or co-supervision duties, 
•must be available to commence with the Fellowship as soon as possible.

Value of Award:
•The value of the Fellowship is of the value R120, 000 for the total six months. This amount will not increase in subsequent years. 
•The fellowship is compliant with SARS policies/rules and is therefore exempt from taxation. 
•The fellowship is tenable for six months, with no possibility for renewal. 
•There are no benefits or allowances included in the value of the fellowship.

Academic Criteria:
Applicants must have received a PhD degree in mechanical engineering/biomedical engineering within the last five years and must be actively involved in research on shoulder joints. Previous experience in developing computational models of synovial joints (musculoskeletal and finite element) is a pre-requisite for this fellowship.

Application Requirements:
Suitable candidates are required to submit the following: 
•a letter of application stating areas of expertise, research interests and experience; 
•a CV, including a list of publications/scholarly outputs; 
•copies of academic transcripts, including proof of completion of the doctoral degree; 
•Referee letters from 2 reviewers

Enquiries and complete application packages should be submitted to The closing date for submission of applications is 31 March 2019. Eligible and complete applications will be considered by the Faculty research board.


The University of Cape Town reserves the right to:
•Disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications,
•Change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.