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11-05-2006, 08:23 PM
Ph.D. Studentship: Biomechanics / Biology

"Solute Transport in the Intervertebral Disc: Implications for Disc
Degeneration and Regeneration"

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. Studentship in the Biomechanics
Division at the M.E. Mueller Institute for Surgical Technology and
Biomechanics, University of Bern. The group comprises a multi-disciplinary
research team focused on spine biomechanics, with projects in the areas of
implant design and evaluation, computational modelling, in vitro
characterisation of the intervertebral disc and soft-tissue mechanics, disc
biology and tissue engineering. The successful applicant will join a program
focused on the mechanisms of solute transport within the intervertebral
disc, coupling effects between load-induced fluid flow and solute transport,
and the influence of solute transport on disc metabolism. Research topics
covered within the program include the quantification of solute transport
rates, application of novel methods for enhanced solute transport in vitro
(tissue culture in bioreactors) and extension of the research findings to
potential therapeutic applications. Research methods will include laboratory
testing, computational modelling, cell and tissue culturing.

The position is available from March 2007. Candidates with an M.Sc. or
equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Biomedical
Engineering, or a closely related field should apply. Experience with any of
the following would be desirable: mechanical testing equipment and
procedures, heat and mass transport analysis, soft tissue mechanics,
mechanical design, finite element methods and image analysis. Additional
experience with cell biology, biochemistry or molecular biology methods
would be advantageous. Applicants with a background in Biological Sciences
and a demonstrable competence in high-level mathematics may be considered.
An excellent knowledge of the English language is required and knowledge of
the German language would be helpful, but not mandatory.

Interested candidates should send their resume with three references and
university transcripts to:

Stephen Ferguson, Ph.D.

Division Head - Biomechanics

M.E. Mueller Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery

Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics

University of Bern

Staufacherstrasse 78

CH-3014 Bern, Switzerland

Tel: +41 31 631 5925

Fax: +41 31 631 5960

Email: Stephen.Ferguson@MEMcenter.unibe.ch