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pohiggins76
02-28-2007, 02:19 AM
Postdoctoral Research Assistant


Reference: REF: DR0774


Based in: York

FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY AND EVOLUTION UNIT of the HULL YORK MEDICAL SCHOOL

This BBSRC funded fellowship is to study primate facial growth and mechanics. Specifically you will work with a team of anatomists, anthropologists, engineers and computer scientists to:

1 build 3D reconstructions of primate faces using microCT and Amira;

2 characterize the musculature of primate faces at various ontogenetic stages by dissection;

3 model muscle loadings and carry out FEA to understand the ontogeny of facial mechanics.

In parallel you will carry out scanning electron microscopic studies of facial bony surfaces to characterize remodeling activity in the modeled animals. These SEM data will eventually be related to the FEA results and to the results of adaptive FEA.

You should have excellent computing skills, be proactive and have experience and knowledge pertinent to two of the following areas:

1 primate/mammalian craniofacial ontogeny and evolution and functional anatomy, dissection and skeletal SEM.
2 CT imaging and reconstruction (we will use Amira, but relevant experience with other tools is acceptable)
3 Skeletal biomechanics, FEA and possibly multibody dynamics analysis.

The post is based at the University of York and the successful candidate will work for Paul OHiggins and as part of the fme (http://www.york.ac.uk/res/fme), and in association with colleagues at PALAEO (http://admin.palaeo.googlepages.com/). The major engineering and computing support for this project will be provided by joint grant holders at the University of Hull on this and a closely related project. They are Michael Fagan (http://www.hull.ac.uk/cmet/) and Roger Phillips (http://www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/simvis/simvisHome/index.htm)

Salary will be in the range 25,889 to 31,840 per annum. This post is available for a period of up to three years.

For informal enquiries contact Professor Paul O Higgins, paul.ohiggins@hyms.ac.uk

Closing date: noon, Thursday 15 March 2007.

Salary: 25,889 to 31,840 per annum

Closing date: 15 March 2007

FURTHER DETAILS: http://www.hyms.ac.uk/jobs/details.aspx?id=112