PD Dr. Matthias Jäger

Jäger Principle Investigator

Biomechanical Ergonomics

Phone: +49 / 231 1084 267

Curriculum Vitae:

  • since 2004 head of the research group ”Biomechanical Ergonomics“ (formerly ”Biodynamics” and ”Biomechanics“) at the IfADo
  • 2001 habilitation (venia legendi for Ergonomics), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Dortmund
  • 1995 initiation of the research group "DOLLY" (Dortmund Lumbar Load Study)
  • 1986 doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Dortmund
  • since 1981 research associate at the IfADo, Department of Ergonomics
  • 1980 diploma degree (Electrical Engineering), Institute of High and Highest Frequencies, Ruhr-University of Bochum

Research topics:

  • Biomechanical Ergonomics
  • Load on the musculoskeletal systems during occupational work
  • Ergonomic design of workplace and workflow
  • "Methods according to the "Dortmund Approach" (Determination of the short and long-term load and load-bearing capacity at physical exposures)
  • "The Dortmunder" (spatial dynamic biomechanical model to quantify lumbar load for single actions)

  • "The Dortmund Recommendations" (recommended maximum load for single actions)

  • "The Mainz-Dortmund Dose Model – MDD” (standard method for assessing the exposure prerequisites in workers' compensation occupational-disease procedures)

  • "The Dortmund Lumbar Load Study – DOLLY" (shift-monitoring of lumbar load)

  • " The Dortmund Lumbar Load Study 2 – DOLLY 2" (typical-task register of lumbar load)

  • " The Dortmund Lumbar Load Study 3 – DOLLY 3" (lumbar load at manual patient handling in the care sector)

  • Standardization:
  • CEN 1005: Safety of machinery – Human physical performance (parts 1-5)

  • ISO 11226: Ergonomics – Working postures

  • ISO 11228: Ergonomics – Manual handling (parts 1-3)

  • ISO/TR 12296: Manual handling of people in the care sector

  • ISO/TR 12295: Evaluation of physical exposures

  • Committees
  • Executive Director, Society of work science, Dortmund, Germany

  • ISO, CEN and DIN standardization committees

  • International Panel on Patient Handling Ergonomics – IPPHE

  • Load on the musculoskeletal system – German Social Accident Insurance

  • Editorships
  • Editor-in-Chief – J occup med (Zentralblatt für Arbeitsmedizin, Arbeitsschutz und Ergonomie), SpringerMedizin, Heidelberg

  • Editor – J work science (Zeitschrift für Arbeitswissenschaft), Springer, Heidelberg

  • Editor-in-Chief – GfA-Press, Dortmund

  • 1 Special Issue – Int. J. Industrial Ergonomics – Push and Pull

  • 2 Special Issues – J occup med (Zbl Arbmed) – The German Spine Study EPILIFT

  • 2 Special Issues – J occup med (Zbl Arbmed) – The EPILIFT EXposure Criteria Study

  • Notables
  • Lederle Award, Liberty Mutual Award, SAE Recognition Award, Julius-Springer Award

  • Best Papers: Publications in Ergonomics, Int. J. Industrial Ergonomics, Zbl ArbMed

  • 4 internat. Keynote Lectures

  • Image campaign "Germany – Land of Ideas"


  • Hignett S, Fray M, Battevi N, Occhipinti E, Menoni O, Tamminen-Peter L, Waaijer E, Knibbe H, Jäger M: International consensus on manual handling of people in the healthcare sector: Technical report ISO/TR 12296. Int J Industr Ergon 44: 191-195 (2014)
  • Jäger M, Jordan C, Voß J, Bergmann A, Bolm-Audorff U, Ditchen D, Ellegast R, Haerting J, Haufe E, Kuß O, Morfeld P, Schäfer K, Seidler A, Luttmann A: Extended evaluation of the German Spine Study–Background and methodology of the EPILIFT Exposure Criteria Study. Zbl Arbeitsmed 64: 151-168 (2014)
  • Jäger M, Jordan C, Theilmeier A, Wortmann N, Kuhn S, Nienhaus A, Luttmann A: Lumbar-load analysis of manual patient-handling activities for biomechanical overload prevention among healthcare workers. Ann Occup Hyg 57: 528-544 (2013)
  • Steinhilber B, Anders C, Jäger M, Läubli T, Luttmann A, Rieger MA, Scholle H-C, Schumann N-P, Seibt R, Strasser H, Kluth K: Surface electromyography in occupational health, occupational physiology and ergonomics. Z Arbeitswiss 67: 113-126 (2013)
  • Seidler A, Euler U, Bolm-Audorff U, Ellegast R, Grifka J, Haerting J, Jäger M, Michaelis M, Kuss O: Physical workload and accelerated occurrence of lumbar spine diseases: risk and rate advancement periods in a German multicenter case-control study. Scand J Work Environ Health 37: 30-36 (2011)
  • Schumann B, Bolm-Audorff U, Bergmann A, Ellegast R, Elsner G, Grifka J, Haerting J, Jäger M, Michaelis M, Seidler A: Lifestyle factors and lumbar disc disease: results of a German multi-center case-control study (EPILIFT). Arthritis Res Ther 12: R193 (2010)
  • (see also German page)
  • more than 450 scientific papers in total
    more than 100 in peer-reviewed journals
    more than 25 monographs