The Franz Cardiovascular Biomechanics Lab (FCBL) of the Cardiovascular Research Unit at the University of Cape Town invites expressions of interest for one post-doctoral fellowship in the field of cardiovascular biomechanics. The Cardiovascular Research Unit provides a highly multi-disciplinary research environment comprising medical sciences, cell biology, biomechanical sciences, and polymer sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research, within this multidisciplinary framework, in one of the following areas:
a) Catheter based prosthetic heart valves for minimally invasive implantation (Ref: PDBM-HV),
b) Tissue regenerative scaffolds for cardiovascular implants (Ref: PDBM-TR),
c) Therapies for myocardial infarction (Ref: PDBM-MI).

Expressions of interest are invited before 10 May 2011 from individuals who have achieved the PhD degree, within the last five years, in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related disciplines with particular reference to cardiovascular biomechanics or computational mechanics and who have not yet held any permanent professional posts (specifically as academics). The FCBL will subsequently undertake to apply with the candidate for the fellowship. The outcome of the application will be communicated by 15 October 2011. The successful candidate is expected to take up the award by no later than 1 February 2012.

The Fellowship will be tenable for a period of one year renewable for one further year depending on satisfactory progress. The Fellowship value is fixed at R175,000 for a full academic year. The Fellowship carries no other benefits and a directive for tax exemption will be applied for by UCT on behalf of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the agreed research, report outcomes and progress at regular departmental seminars and prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in international journals of high impact. Limited teaching duties and supervision of post-graduate research students at the CRU may be part of the professional development. The successful candidate will not be expected to perform any service to a Department of the University of Cape Town in return for the Fellowship. The successful candidate must be prepared to comply with the University of Cape Town’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Thomas Franz (email:, Tel +27 21 406 6418,

Please send your expression of interest including the Ref No of the preferred topic, a CV and contact details of three referees to: Dr Thomas Franz (Tel +27 21 406 6418, Fax +27 21 448 5935, email: The University of Cape Town reserves the right to cancel incomplete applications, to effect changes to the conditions of the Fellowship and/or to make no awards at all. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.