We are a multidisciplinary research group and we rely heavily on our many partners from all over the world for research cooperation.

PhD students

At any time, the group has as many Ph.D. students as we can afford. If we had more research funds, we would probably spend them on more Ph.D. students.

Whenever we do have funds and are able to hire Ph.D. students, we post our positions publicly on the university's main human resources page. This is a legal requirement for Danish universities, so please check the page regularly if you are interested in doing a Ph.D. study with us.

Hire a candidate

The principal outlet of the knowledge we create is through the sports technology, engineering and Ph.D. candidates we produce. Please do not hesistate to contact Professor John Rasmussen if you are looking for a candidate for your business within musculoskeletal modeling, computational ergonomics, biomedical engineering, sports technology, anthropometry, ergonomic design or similar.

Industrial Researcher

One very attractive type of public/private partnership is the industrial researcher. This program is funded by Innovationsfonden and supports joint research between an industry and a university. The researcher can be a Ph.D. student or a Post Doc sharing time between the industry and the academic environment and drawing on the benefits of both.

Joint research projects

We do very few research projects entirely within our own group. The vast majority of our scientific production happens in cooperation with external partners, either in bilateral cooperation or in larger projects with several partners.

We have participated in several international projects under FP7 and Horizon2020. Our role in these projects is usually as a provider of specialized knowledge about modeling and simulation, which is applied to the solution of a domain-specific problem defined by the coordinating institution. This also means that we normally take the role as a partner and rarely as the coordinator.

We have a long tradition for industrial partnerships, and it is a fact the the group would likely not have existed in the absense of a research cooperation with the Ford Motor Company in the early history of the group.

There are also several instruments for national private-public partnerships that can be explored. Especially the industrial Ph.D. program is a good way for Danish businesses to cooperate with us.

Learning with us

The group offers annual Ph.D. courses on musculoskeletal simulation, typically in the spring. A course is usually five days from Monday through Friday, and we alternate topics to serve new populations of Ph.D. students as well as possible.

The courses are open to all Ph.D. students from all universities and free of charge, except for a small fee covering coffee and refreshments. The course is also open to industrial participants from whom we charge a fee. University afffiliates who are not PhD students, i.e. post docs and such, are welcome to sign up and can participate on the same conditions as Ph.D. students, but in case the course is overbooked, priority is given to PhD students. Courses are announced through the Moodle system of the Ph.D. school where you can slso sign up for the course.

Visitors and interns

We very frequently host visitors from cooperating research institutions and businesses, be they students, PhD students or faculty members.

Visits always have the purpose of cooperation on a joint research project, and the understanding between the parties is that this should lead to joint publications or joint research funding applications. Visitors typically bring domain expertise on the particular topic of the investigation, for instance orthopaedic devices, and we bring general knowledge, typically on musculoskeletal modeling, that can be applied to solving the problem.

Visitors receive a workplace in the group and interact continuously with the other members of the group.

We do not charge bench fees, but we also have no funds to support travel, accommodation and living costs for guests. We are not equipped to receiving summer interns because the group is running on low manpower during the summer holiday season.


As a general rule, please be ready to organize your own accommodation. Recent cutbacks at Aalborg University's accommodation offce, a large inflow of students, new focus on liability issues and the refugee situation unfortunately conspire to make it hard for us to help you with the accommodation.

For stays shorter than two weeks, the best option is usually an inexpensive hotel, a hostel or B&B. For longer stays, the best option is to rent a flat. In this case, please notice that the minimum lease is usually one month and that the lease begins on the first and ends on the last day of a calendar month.

Please do not ask us to...

  • Sign any formal agreements, NDAs, IPR transfers or similar in connection with your stay - we simply do not have the manpower to handle such agreements.
  • Participate in development of ERASMUS learning agreements. We are happy for you if you can get support for your stay, but we do not have manpower to help you with the fundraising.


Please direct general questions about the group to Professor John Rasmussen.