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DOCTORAL THESES – 4 positions open, "Multiscale changes in bone due to bio-resorbable implants"

Physics, (bio)materials science, medicine
3 positions in Austria (Wien, Graz), 1 position in Switzerland
Closing Date


Project: "Multiscale changes in bone due to bio-resorbable implants: towards a prediction of structure and mechanical performance"


The FWF (Austrian Science Fund) and the SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) have decided to fund an Austro-Swiss research consortium:


• University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria

• Medical University of Graz (MUG), Graz, Austria

• Technical University of Vienna (TUW), Vienna Austria

• Paul-Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen, Switzerland


Therefore, we seek to fill 4 open positions for doctoral students. Candidates should have a strong background in engineering mechanics, biophysics, materials science, biology, medicine and/or applied mathematics. Scientific enthusiasm and interdisciplinary competences are also expected.



Bio-resorbable materials are considered the implant materials of the future, since they degrade in the body with time and are replaced by healthy tissue. For bone, magnesium based alloys have proven particularly successful. In this project, the bone reaction to bio-resorbable magnesium implants will be studied and the role of mechanical stimuli will be explored. The topic is of great scientific and medical relevance. You will get the unique possibility to gain experience in 4 different labs including one of Europe’s best large scale synchrotron facilities (Swiss Light Source) at PSI.


Doctoral thesis projects:

1) Structural investigations of bone by x-ray scattering and mechanical testing in the lab and at the synchrotron (BOKU), within the Doctoral School “Biomaterials and Biointerfaces”

2) Implantology; histological and macroscopic characterization of rat bones (MUG)

3) Multiscale mechanical modelling based on structural data obtained in 1) and 4) (TUW)

4) Application and development of cutting edge tomographic methods with synchrotron radiation to characterize bone in 3D (PSI)



Starting 1st of June 2020, duration: 3 years

Appointment and salary: according to FWF regulations for 3 positions in Austria

Appointment and salary for the position in Switzerland, according to SNF regulations

Your profile:

• Master’s degree or equivalent in physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, biology, medicine or a related field

• Laboratory skills

• Mathematical and programming skills

• Specific experience in one or more of the following topics of advantage: Materials Characterization and/or X-ray or neutron scattering, Animal handling, CT imaging, Computational mechanics

• Excellent skills in spoken and written English

• Highly dedicated to scientific work

• Team player

• Ability to work independently

• Travel abroad for research purposes is required


Your application should contain:

• Cover letter including your motivation to apply for the chosen position and research interests

• Curriculum Vitae

• Diploma for highest finished degree (expected date of graduation if not yet finished)

• Full transcript of grades for your university studies (with grade key in English)

• List of minimum 2 reference persons with contact information (optional: 2 reference letters)


Submit your application before 31 March 2020!


Make sure that you submit all relevant documents. Please describe which of the 4 thesis project(s) you are interested in and why. You might be asked to provide a TOEFL test. Applications should be in English. Female candidates are particularly encouraged in accordance with our policy to keep a 50-50 gender balance. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.


Send your application to:

Mag. Franz Muskovich, franz.muskovich(at) for doctoral thesis projects 1),3),4)

or apply at for doctoral thesis project 2)


For further information, feel free to contact the Principal Investigators directly:


Univ. Prof. Dr. Helga Lichtenegger, helga.lichtenegger(at)

BOKU, Institute of Physics and Materials Science:


Univ Prof. Dr. Annelie Weinberg, anneliemartina.weinberg(at)

MUG, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma:


Univ Prof. Dr. Christian Hellmich, christian.hellmich(at)

TUW, Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures:


Dr. Oliver Bunk, oliver.bunk(at)

PSI, Laboratory for Macromolecules and Bioimaging:





Main contact
Name: Univ.Prof. Dr. Helga Lichtenegger
Name: Mag. Franz Muskovich

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