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04-17-2003, 01:54 AM
I would appreciate it if you could circulate this notice to your list.

The Vestibular Mechanics Lab at Virginia Tech is looking to hire a Ph.D.
student to simulate mechanics of hair cell ciliary bundles. These
microscopic structures in the inner ear are mechanotransducers,
essential to converting both sound and motion to nerve impulses. The
student will extend the ability of our current model (Cotton, J.R. and
J.W. Grant, 2000, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 122, pp.
44-50) to add time dependence, mechanical adaptation, and fluid/solid
interaction. The resulting model will be used to deduce mechanisms of
physiologic function.

The student will be offered a Graduate Research Assistantship which
includes tuition and stipend. The student must be admitted to either the
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics for a degree in
Engineering Mechanics, or the School of Biomedical Engineering for a
degree in BME, both in the College of Engineering at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg,
VA 24061.

Qualifications: The candidate must be able to plan and implement
strategies for solving nonlinear (geometric and material) structural
problems using finite element analysis. A familiarity with viscous fluid
flow, biomechanics, and composite materials is desirable. Extensive
programming experience is a must, preferably Fortran.

Well-qualified PhDs may also be considered for this position as a
Postdoc. Applicants for such a position must also demonstrate a record
of research, scientific publishing and grant writing.

Inquiries and resumes may be sent to J. W. Grant at jgrant@vt.edu or
John Cotton at jcotton@vt.edu.


John R. Cotton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Mail Code (0219)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Email: jcotton@vt.edu

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