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Sacks, Michael
06-27-2005, 10:54 PM
The Engineered Tissue Mechanics Laboratory has immediate openings for
the following NIH grant funded positions in Biomechanics:

1 - Numerical simulation of the mechanics of native and engineered
tissues. This is a 2 year Post-Doctoral research position. The focus
of this position is the development and implementation of computational
models of native and engineered soft tissues, based on structural
constitutive models. The primary application is simulation of aortic
valve tissues under quasi-static and dynamically loaded states. Other
related potential applications include engineered tissue design and
cell/tissue mechanical interactions. Candidates with doctoral degrees
in Mechanical Engineering/Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics and related
engineering disciplines with a strong background in material modeling
using finite element methods are encouraged to apply. Salary level will
be commensurate with previous experience. This position will benefit
from close collaborations with the Department of Bioengineering and
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

2 - Biomechanical behavior of bladder wall smooth muscle tissue and
cells. This is a 2-3 year position is focused on measurement and
simulation of the multi-axial mechanical behavior of the urinary bladder
wall. Relevant experimental techniques include background and/or
interest in muscle mechanics and physiology at the tissue and cellular
levels, with specific experience with smooth muscle a plus. Applicants
with background in biomechanics and physiology with a strong interest in
tissue and cell structure-function relations are especially encouraged
to apply. This position benefits from close collaborations with the
University of Pittsburgh Departments of Bioengineering and Urology, a
world leader in Neuro-urological research. Since this position is
funded by an 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:

Michael S. Sacks, Ph.D.
W.K. Whiteford Professor
Established Investigator, AHA
Department of Bioengineering
Director, Engineered Tissue Mechanics Lab
University of Pittsburgh
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Room 234, 100 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tel: 412-235-5146
Fax: 412-235-5160