Post-doctoral Research Associate in Biomechanics (validation of musculoskeletal models)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biomechanics (validation of musculoskeletal models)

Dr Tracy Kivell is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will be based in the Animal Postcranial Evolution (APE) Lab within the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). This post is for one year, with the possibility of extension of up to one year. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate a proven research track record in biomechanics and validation experiments of musculoskeletal models. Experience working with primate (including human) musculoskeletal models is ideal, but not a necessity. The post-holder will be working within a broader project entitled “GRASP, The Evolution of the Human Hand: Grasping trees and tools” led by Dr Kivell and funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill a specific research objective, conducting validation experiments of musculoskeletal hand models on human and chimpanzee/bonobo cadaveric specimens. The candidate will also be expected to work closely with (and travel to) colleagues at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria) and KU Leuven (Belgium) to fulfill the research goals.

More information about the GRASP project can be found here:

For a full description of the position and submission of the application, see the link below and search ref # SS0967:

Application deadline is June 21, 2015. Please submit a covering letter, a CV and contact information for three referees, at the link above. Position to begin October 2015. Please contact Dr Tracy Kivell at if you have further questions.