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Clinical Biomechanics Postdoctoral Fellow (Teaching & Research)

14 Jun 2019
14 Jun 2019
Cape Town, WC
South Africa
University of Cape Town
Purpose: Applications are invited from suitable candidates for a Clinical Biomechanics Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellowship at the Division of Biomedical Engineering and the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town, carrying out research on upper limb biomechanics. This post also requires the candidate to be involved in teaching postgraduate and undergraduate courses. The successful candidate will be required to commence the fellowship on the 1st of August 2019. The fellowship is funded for a two-year period by the Department of Human Biology, UCT based on satisfactory progress by the candidate.
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 biomechanical modelling of human body.
•Experienced in working with orthopaedic surgeons and understand their clinical needs.
•3D modelling of human bones from CT/MRI scans.
•Finite element analysis using ABAQUS/ANSYS.
•Medical device development for clinical needs.
•Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience.
•Experienced in designing tests and tutorials.
•Cadaver trials and/or bench testing of medical devices experience will be preferred.
•Knowledge in 3D printing will be preferred.
•Proven track record of conference and peer-reviewed publications.
Conditions of Award:
Eligible candidates
•must have achieved their doctoral degree in the field of Biomedical Engineering or Biomechanics or Exercise Science or Sports Medicine within the past five years, and may not have held prior full-time permanent academic or professional posts,
•must be willing to travel abroad and stay for lengthy periods outside South Africa for research and teaching purposes.
•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 teaching and/or co-supervision duties.
•must be available to commence with the Fellowship by the specified date.
Value of Award:
•The value of the Fellowship is R300, 000 per annum for a period of two years. This fellowship is renewable for maximum period of five years and might be eligible for incentives based on performance.
•The fellowship is compliant with SARS policies/rules and is therefore exempt from taxation.
•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 research experience in developing computational models of synovial joints (musculoskeletal and finite element) is a pre-requisite for this fellowship. Teaching experience is a plus and must be willing to travel and settle in a foreign country for research and teaching.
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;
•names (and contact details) of at least two academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant.
Enquiries and complete application packages should be submitted to The closing date for submission of applications is 21st June 2019. Eligible and complete applications will only be considered.
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.