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Postdoc position in Human Body Modelling for Injury Prevention

Published 2024-06-03

The use of finite element Human Body Models in road safety bring the possibilities of evaluating injuries for wider sections of the population and road users. In this project, you will work towards the development of human body models and associated workflows for injury assessment of Vulnerable road users. In this postdoc position, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the open soure VIVA+ model, working with international group of researchers from the academia and industry.

Information about the division and the department
At the Vehicle Safety Division in the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, the research focuses on understanding and improving the safety of road users applying engineering and human factors methods. Specifically within injury prevention research, we work from the scales microscopic to the whole human to understand and model the human body's response to external loading. The group is well known in its field for the development of human body models (SAFER HBM, VIVA+).

In this project, you will work with VIVA+ Open Source Models, being involved in its development and validation with a particular focus on responses relevant to vulnerable road users (pedestrian, cyclists, micromobility)

Major responsibilities
You will work towards the further development of the VIVA+ finite element models, contributing in model development, verification, and validation. You will be expected to work with VIVA+ Developer Team and other contributors across various universities and organisations. The work will also include implementing machine-learning based workflows to extract crash kinematics from real-word incidents and simulate crash reconstruction.

Mandatory Educational qualifications:
• PhD in Mechanical/Biomedical engineering, with experience in computational models of human body mechanics

Meritorious Experience:
• Experience of crash simulations with LS-DYNA, Python programming, Open Source projects

• As the work will be conducted in a highly multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, cultural awareness and good collaboration and communication skills are fundamental.

It is equally important that you are quality-conscious and self-propelled. As a post-doctoral researcher you also have to be responsible and creative.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). Exceptions from the 3-year limit can be made for longer periods resulting from parental leave, sick leave or military service*.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

* The date shown in your doctoral degree certificate is the date we use, as this is the date you have met all requirements for the doctoral degree.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.
Start date for the position is in January 2025.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with 20240342 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-08-15


For questions, please contact:
Mats Svensson, Head of Division, Vehicle Safety,

Johan Iraeus, Researcher, Vehicle Safety,

Jobin John, Researcher, Vehicle Safety,

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