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Sacks, Michael
06-21-2004, 11:16 PM
The Engineered Tissue Mechanics Laboratory has immediate openings for the following NIH Post—doctoral training grant funded positions in Urological Biomechanics:



Biomechanical behavior of bladder wall smooth muscle tissue and cells. This position is focused on measurement of the mechanical behavior of bladder smooth muscle and bladder wall smooth muscle individual cells. Relevant experimental techniques include planar biaxial testing and the development of individual cell/ECM tissue methods. Applicants should possess a strong background in muscle mechanics and physiology; with specific experience with smooth muscle a plus.



Development of computational biomechanical models of the functioning bladder. This position is focused on the development of a finite element model of the bladder based on in-vivo geometry tissue-level constitutive models for the bladder in the passive and active states. Close collaborations with the biocomputational group at CMU and the Pittsburgh Center for High Performance Computing are possible. Candidates with doctoral degrees in Biomechanics, Mechanical Engineering/Applied Mechanics, and related engineering disciplines with strong computational skills are encouraged to apply.



Both positions will benefit from close collaborations with the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Bioengineering and Urology, a world leader in Neuro-urological research. In addition, the ETML resides within the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.



As both positions are funded by a competitive NIH Post-doctoral training grant, Applicants must be US Citizens or hold a green card. Detailed information on the Engineered Tissue Mechanics Laboratory can be found at:



http://www.pitt.edu/~msacks/etml.html







For further information, please contact:



Dr. Michael S. Sacks

Professor, Department of Bioengineering

Email: msacks@pitt.edu



McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

100 Technology Drive, Room 234

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Tel: 412-235-5146, Fax: 412-235-5160