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alennon68
06-20-2005, 08:54 PM
The Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity College, Dublin is pleased to
invite applications for a Ph.D. position (details below).

Title: Automated patient-specific computer simulations of the
biomechanical performance of medical implants

Description: Biomechanical simulation of the performance of medical
implants within the human body has the potential to dramatically improve
understanding, design, and clinical decision-making within the medical
device industry. A scientific barrier to implementation is the present
inability to rapidly create robust patient-specific computational
meshes. Of particular importance is suitable characterisation of the
implant-tissue interface, which is often poorly modelled using current
highly automated mesh generation schemes.

This project will develop automated tools to improve robustness and
accuracy of computational meshes. Special attention will be given to 3D
reconstruction of tissue structure from medical images, virtual
implantation of a medical device, mesh generation with improved
characterisation of implant-tissue interfaces, mesh quality assessment
and smoothing, and material property assignment to the mesh. These tools
will then be tested in a clinical validation study using existing finite
element simulation algorithms previously developed within the group.

Qualifications: Candidates should ideally have a good understanding of
computational geometry, image analysis and computer simulation
techniques (in particular the finite element method). Good analytical
and programming skills (C++ and/or Fortran) will also be needed to
develop the envisaged algorithms. Previous experience in biomechanics
would be beneficial but not essential.

Funding: This project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the
Research Frontiers Programme 2005 and includes a studentship + fees for
three years.

Supervision: The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof.
Patrick Prendergast and will work closely with a post-doctoral research
fellow.


Further enquiries should be directed to:

Alex Lennon, B.E. Ph.D.
Centre for Bioengineering,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2,
Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 608 2396
Fax: +353 (0)1 679 5554

Web: http://www.biomechanics.ie/