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The School of Biomedical Engineering offers exciting opportunities for biomedical research in a collegial, productive and stimulating environment. Research positions are generally offered by individual faculty members. 

PhD in Biomechanical Modeling of Gait Mechanics before and after Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery

Dynamics of Human Motion laboratory, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada     

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a background (MASc, MSc or equivalent) in biomechanics, physiotherapy or related field with experience in human movement biomechanics and neuromuscular control studies to work within a vibrant multidisciplinary (biomedical engineering/biomechanics, physiotherapy, orthopedic surgery) Team devoted to improving musculoskeletal health.

The studentship is funded through a CIHR-funded project entitled ‘An Objective Model of Joint and Muscle Function Outcome after Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery’. There is evidence that patient-specific biomechanical/neuromuscular factors that can be captured before and within knee replacement surgery may be used to predict post-operative function and outcome, and to inform pre and post-operative management.  The PhD student will focus on capturing and modeling the relationships between pre and post-operative joint biomechanics and neuromuscular control, in an effort to identify subgroups of patients that would benefit from management strategies more tailored to their joint and muscle dynamics. Interest and experience in biomechanical and statistical modeling is an asset.

The student will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of researchers and trainees that focuses on objective assessment across the spectrum of musculoskeletal health, from preventative strategies, early disease management, to improved surgical decision-making and outcome. Our foundation in biomedical science, but with strong links to clinic (orthopedic and physiotherapy) provides a multi-faceted research training opportunity.

Terms Available as early as September, 2014, with option for a January, 2015  
Commensurate with experience, minimum of $19,000 CDN per annum
  • Minimum a Master’s degree in engineering, physiotherapy, kinesiology or related fields.
  • Expertise in 3D motion capture and electromyographic studies an asset.
  • Please visit http://www.dal.ca/faculty/school-biomedical-engineering.html for full application details to the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie.

Please send letter and CV with the names of two references to:

Janie Astephen Wilson, PhD.
Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University,
(902) 494-6950.


Research Team
  • Janie Astephen Wilson (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Cheryl Kozey (Physiotherapy/Biomedical Engineering)
  • Derek Rutherford (Physiotherapy/Biomedical Engineering)
  • Michael Dunbar (Orthopedics/Biomedical Engineering)
  • Glen Richardson (Orthopedics).

PhD Opportunity: Biomechanics of Soft Tissue Damage in the Spine

Start date: September 2015

Stipend: $22,000/yr

Our laboratory has a PhD studentship available for someone wishing to undertake doctoral research in the field of spinal biomechanics as part of the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University. Suitable candidates should have a Master’s degree in the physical sciences, biological sciences, or engineering, and will ideally have prior research experience in some form of biomechanics. Exceptional senior-year undergraduate students with prior research experience who wish to pursue a PhD may also be considered.

The available studentship is funded by a recently awarded grant from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation entitled: “A Novel Approach to Combating Low Back Pain:
Let’s Start by Understanding the Fundamental Features of Overload Damage”. Working under this grant, the PhD candidate will investigate the structural consequences of mechanical damage to the lumbar spine, and the potential for initial injury to result in damage propagation, tissue degeneration, and chronic inflammation. The candidate’s investigation of tissue damage will extend over all levels of structural hierarchy within the spine’s stabilizing structures, relating whole spine biomechanics to alterations at the nanoscale level of individual collagen fibrils and their constituent molecules.

The successful applicant will be co-supervised by Drs. Samuel Veres and Michael Lee in Dalhousie’s Tissue Mechanics Laboratory. Dr. Veres, a two-time recipient of the ISSLS Prize for Spinal Research, and Dr. Lee, a past President of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, have a strong collaborative history of tissue structure-function research. Our laboratory offers a rich, multidisciplinary, team-based learning environment where trainees have access to a wide variety of technical facilities, including: mechanical testing, histology, optical microscopy, biochemistry, cell culture, calorimetry, and electron microscopy.

Interested persons should send a letter of interest, CV, and the names of two academic references to Dr. Veres via email at: veres@dal.ca.