PhD candidate in Mechanical Optimization of Osteochondral Implants
We aim to develop a functional regenerative osteochondral implant using a multi-disciplinary approach with various academic centres and industries. One part of the development is to assemble the construct using hydrogels developed at Utrecht University and a fibrous developed in Aachen. This includes developing ways to assemble the hydrogel, cells and scaffolds into a construct, as well as the mechanical characterization thereof. Subsequently, directions for optimization of the mechanical properties will be identified, such that the material ultimately matches the properties of the bone and cartilage it will replace. As these suggestions for optimization involves other parts of the project, there will be close interaction with the entire team.
Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.