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Tim Woodfield
11-15-2007, 10:46 AM
Two PhD positions are available in Christchurch, New Zealand working on collaborative projects
between the Centre for Bioengineering, University of Canterbury and the Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Otago.

PhD position #1:
- We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with excellent practical and written skills to
join our Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine group. The PhD will be part of an interdisciplinary
team investigating novel nerve guide conduit design and cellular therapies for patients with spinal
cord injury (SCI). A specific interest or experience in nerve guide fabrication and neurobiology
(incl cell culture + biochemistry/immunohisto techniques) would be a bonus.
- Preferably applicants should hold a Masters and 1st Class honours degree with a background in
(Bio)Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Cell/Molecular Biology, and/or (Bio)materials
processing/design.
- For more information see www.bioengineering.canterbury.ac.nz/biomate/woodfield.

PhD position #2:
- This PhD project is focussed in the fields of medical device design, numerical modelling and
topology optimisation of porous biomaterial scaffolds. The successful candidate will join an
interdisciplinary team on a Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (FRST) funded project
investigating novel metal alloys and optimised porous implant design for orthopaedic
bone-interfacing implants.
- We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with excellent computational modelling and
written skills. Preferably applicants should hold a Masters and 1st Class honours degree with a
background in (Bio)Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Numerical Methods, and/or Finite Element
Analysis. An interest in biomaterials, materials processing and rapid prototyping would be
beneficial.
- Numerical and Computational Mechanics research within Mechanical Engineering Dept
(www.mech.canterbury.ac.nz) and Centre for Bioengineering (www.bioengineering.canterbury.ac.nz) at
the are renowned for their excellence, as are the world class supercomputing facilities available
(www.ucsc.canterbury.ac.nz).
- For more information see www.bioengineering.canterbury.ac.nz/biomate/woodfield.

Living & Studying in New Zealand:
University of Canterbury is the premier University of New Zealand for engineering studies
(www.canterbury.ac.nz/theuni). With a population of over 300,000 people, Christchurch is the largest
city in the South Island, located on the east coast. The city is close to both the mountains and the
sea, offering a huge range of recreational options. Christchurch is the most affordable major New
Zealand city to live in and is also the least congested. Christchurch is within easy reach of the
great outdoors for climbing, tramping, mountain biking, skiing, sailing, surfing and much more - the
ultimate place to live and study.

Both projects offer a $20,000 p.a. stipend for the duration of the degree (3 years).

For more information on the University of Canterbury please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/theuni.
For more information on the Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences please visit
www.chmeds.ac.nz.

To apply please send your CV including copy of grades/academic transcript to:
Dr Tim Woodfield (tim.woodfield@canterbury.ac.nz) by 28th November 2007.



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Tim Woodfield PhD

Centre for Bioengineering and Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Canterbury Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago
Private Bag 4800 Private Bag 4708
Christchurch 8020 Christchurch 8009
NEW ZEALAND
Ph: +64 3 3642-987 ext 7384
Fax: +64 3 3642-078

E-mail: tim.woodfield@canterbury.ac.nz
tim.woodfield@chmeds.ac.nz