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10-16-2007, 02:49 AM
PhD Studentship in Cardiovascular Biomechanics & Finite Element Modelling

Joint project in Dublin City University (DCU), Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
and Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland



Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Cardiovascular
Biomechanics. The objective of the studentship is to predict vulnerable
plaque rupture in carotid arteries using finite element modelling and tissue
testing techniques.

Finite element models of real carotid vessel geometries will be generated
from CT images and used to predict the mechanical environment in the
arteries in order to determine the likelihood of plaque rupture. Mechanical
tissue properties will be determined based on excised plaque tissues during
carotid endartectomies and cadaveric tissues. Some experience in
computational and experimental cardiovascular biomechanics is therefore an
advantage.



The project is funded by a Science Foundation Ireland Research Frontiers
Grant and the studentships are available for suitably qualified EU students.
Proficiency in the English language is necessary (see
http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml for English language requirements).




The studentship includes full payment of fees and a tax-free maintenance
grant. Applications are invited from individuals who have a 1st class or
upper 2nd class honours degree, or masters, in Biomedical or Mechanical
Engineering, Physics, Applied Mechanics, Applied Mathematics or a related
discipline.



All enquiries should be addressed to Dr Caitríona Lally in DCU. The
studentship is available immediately and applicants should register their
interest as soon as possible by e-mailing an up-to-date curriculum vitae to
Dr Caitríona Lally (caitriona.lally@dcu.ie).

Details of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in DCU can
be found at http://www.dcu.ie/mechanical_engineering/index.shtml.





Dr Caitríona Lally,

Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering,

School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering,

Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.



Tel: + 353 1 7007608

Fax: + 353 1 7005345

Email: Caitriona.lally@dcu.ie