ESR 10: PF modeling of fracture in the human femur

  • Application deadline: 31/05/2020 00:00 CEST Brussels
  • Offer starting date: 01/11/2020
  • Researcher profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Type of contract: Temporary
  • Job status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 41
  • Secondments: 6 months at Tel-Aviv University (Israel) & 4 months at Bosch, Renningen (Germany)

Contract signing and incorporation dates are indicative and have yet to be defined.

  • Recruiting institution: Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich»
  • City, Country: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Organization type: Higher Education Institute
  • Department: Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich
  • Main supervisor: Prof. Laura de Lorenzis
  • Research Field:
    • Engineering > Materials engineering
    • Engineering > Mechanical engineering
Project Description

Objectives

ESR-10 will work at the development, implementation and testing of a PF model for fracture of anisotropic biological tissues, with specific reference to the human bone, especially to the proximal part of the femur.

First, ESR-10 will develop a suitable energy functional to account for anisotropic effects and for asymmetry between tension and compression, investigating the mathematical properties of different options and carrying out both homogeneous and localization analyses. ESR-10 will thus develop the macroscopic anisotropic PF model, carry out the theoretical analysis and numerical implementation phases, and test the model on simple geometries before extending it to the geometry of the proximal part of the femur.

Subsequently, ESR-10 will work in cooperation with ESR-8 to formulate a scale transition procedure between the microscale, where ESR-8 will have developed local fracture initiation criteria based on FFM, and the macroscale, where crack propagation will be described. Again, in cooperation with ESR-8 ESR-10 will carry out numerical simulations of the experiments performed by ESR-8 to validate the developed tools

Additional Information

Benefits

A full-time fixed-term contract is offered. Marie Curie ITNs provide competitive financial support to the ESR including: a competitive monthly living and mobility allowance and salary, coverage of the expenses related to the participation of the ESR in research and training activities (contribution to research-related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc.). The recruited researchers will have a regular contract with the same rights and obligations as any other staff member of the institution.


Eligibility criteria

Applicants must at the time of recruitment:

  1. Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree (e.g. Master’s degree) which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
  2. Candidates could be of any nationality but have not resided in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
  3. Have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Selection process

Applicants are evaluated by a selection committee on the basis of past academic performance (grades) and background, scientific relevance and aptitude to research, and any other additional pertinent data submitted in the application (such as scientific publications, if any).

The candidates that pass the initial assessment of the applications will be invited for an interview with the selection committee, either in person at the campus, or via standard internet videoconference. Equal opportunities are ensured to all candidates throughout the evaluation process.


EURAXESS offer ID: 493552

ESR10 - PhD Student Position within EU MSCA-ITN-ETN NewFrac

Requirements


Offer requirements

  • Required Education Level: Engineering - Master Degree or equivalent
  • Required Languages: English - Excellent

Skills / Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical/Aeronautical/Civil Engineering/ Physics/ Applied Mathematics, earned before starting date
  • Excellent undergraduated and Master’s degree grades
  • High level of written and spoken English
  • Teamwork ability

Specific Requirements

  • Previous experience in the development and application of Finite Element Method and at least one programming language will be appreciate

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