ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 ETH Zurich established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore, to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.
In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Duke - NUS, the National Health Group (NHG), National University Health System (NUHS), and SingHealth, SEC is launching a research program on "Future Health Technologies (FHT)". It addresses some immanent health challenges by developing a future-oriented Mobile Digital Health Concept that tackles the increase in patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and stroke, as a consequence of a rapidly aging population with mobile digital technologies, covering the value chain from acute care to patient's private homes. Within this framework we are announcing the following job opening.
Falls and fractures are major health risks to the elderly and preventing them is inherently linked with accurately identifying individuals at risk – those with motor deficits and compromised bone integrity. When risk is detected early, therapies aimed at reducing or preventing injurious falls can be most effective. However, despite the huge socioeconomic impact of falls and fractures worldwide, current efforts have only made partial headway into fully understanding and addressing the problem. We propose that an underlying reason for this lack of substantial progress is that fall and fracture risks are approached independently, which ignores the fact that falls and fractures have overlapping aetiologies as well as a synergistic relationship. In order to overcome the problems associated with current clinical screening programmes, we will capitalise on the existing infrastructure in Singapore with large high-quality cohort studies that examine health and social factors of asymptomatic elderly Singaporeans. This unique opportunity will allow us to characterise each individual’s cognitive, psychosocial, functional, and musculoskeletal features, and to develop technologies that go beyond current state-of-the-art strategies for identifying and alleviating the impact of falls and fractures in a comprehensive manner.
There is ample evidence showing that the majority of hip fractures in the elderly population are associated with a short, low-trauma fall. Elevated hip fracture risk is generally addressed either pharmacologically or through lifestyle interventions. While both of these have been moderately successful, they can be expensive and difficult to implement but pharmacological treatment also carries its own risks. For this reason, clinicians must carefully screen for risk before implementing these solutions, and how this screening is informed is critical to their success. Presently, areal bone mineral density (aBMD) is the clinical `gold standard' used to diagnose those with osteoporosis. Epidemiologic evidence supports that low BMD is associated with increased population-based risk of fracture, however, aBMD and other clinical assessment tools are not sensitive enough to identify individuals likely to suffer a fracture.
With this project, we aim to address the limitations of current screening methods and develop novel, subject-specific methods for diagnosing hip fracture risk and novel methods from preventing fractures from occurring. The proposed research will combine, image processing on large cohort databases, dynamic Finite Element Analysis and data driven methods to achieve the goals of the project.
The post doctoral fellow will enter into a team of researchers that is working on improving the management of the risk of injurious falls in Singaporean elderly. Co-supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc students is to be expected.
Please note that the employment will be at the Singapore-ETH Centre and local working regulations will apply. Workplace is Singapore.
Applicants are invited to apply for a Post doctoral fellowship at the SEC in Singapore. The position is available from 01.04.2020 but starting date is flexible. Candidates with a PhD or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Automotive Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Experience with any of the following would be a distinct advantage: image analysis, statistical shape databases, programming, and explicit Finite Element Analysis. Funding is available for two years with a potential extension. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
We look forward to receiving your application including the following documents: (1) a cover letter with a specific statement of your motivation for the project, (2) your CV including the name and contact information of 2 references, (3) and a copy of your university transcripts as PDFs. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications sent via email or postal services will not be considered.
For further information about the SEC: https://sec.ethz.ch. For further information about the Institute for Biomechanics, ETH-Zurich: http://www.biomech.ethz.ch. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Benedikt Helgason by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Intitulé||Post doctoral fellowship - Hip Fracture Prevention in the Elderly Population|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Publié||janvier 23, 2020|
|Date limite d'inscription||Non Spécifiée|
|Types d'emploi||Post doc  |
|Domaines de recherche :||Génie biomédical,   Génie civil,   Sciences cliniques,   Gérontologie,   Épidémiologie,   Ingénierie automobile,   Pharmacie et pharmacologie,   Sciences de la santé,   Génie électrique,    and 1 more. Génie mécanique  |