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Jan-herman Kuiper
02-07-2008, 08:47 PM
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
MATHEMATICAL SIMULATION OF ARTICULAR JOINT FORMATION
(2 YEAR FIXED TERM)

Starting Salary: Grade 7 27,466

The Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM) at Keele
University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the
area of biomechanics and mechanobiology. The work forms part of the MyJoint
project (www.myjoint.org). MyJoint is an EU-funded multi-disciplinary
project combining ten partners and aims to grow biological replacement
joints within the patients that will use them. You will work under the
guidance of Dr. Jan Herman Kuiper, Prof. Alicia el Haj and Prof. James
Richardson. Your work will aim to further our understanding of the
interaction between mechanical conditions and articular joint formation and
you will collaborate with engineers, biologists and clinicians.

You will develop novel computer models to simulate the relation between
skeletal cells, physical environment, geometry, and material properties in
joint formation. You will use computer models to find the effects of
variations in parameters describing cells, environment and geometry on joint
formation and tissue quality. You will also assist in assessing mechanical
quality of tissue from and around joints produced under experimental
conditions. You will compare the findings of the computer model to
experimental results, and adjust the model if required.

You will have a PhD degree, with a background in the physical, mathematical
or engineering sciences. You should have experience in the execution of a
researched project involving mathematical or computational simulation,
ideally of biological processes. You should be familiar with the use of
Finite Element simulation tools or alternative multi-physics tools to
simulate biological processes. Experience in mechanical testing procedures
of biological tissues would be an advantage.

ISTM is a 5* highly rated (5A or 5* over the last three RAEs),
interdisciplinary Institute housing biological and physical scientists,
clinicians and engineers. You will be based at our site at the Robert Jones
and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, a renowned Orthopaedic
Hospital with several active clinical and research programs in orthopaedic
cell therapy (www.oscell.enta.net).

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Jan Herman Kuiper
(j.h.kuiper@keele.ac.uk)

Full job packs are available from the Human Resources Department, Keele
University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG. Fax: 01782 583471 or e-mail
vacancies@keele.ac.uk or www.keele.ac.uk/depts/uso/hr/cwisvacs.htm

Please quote post reference: RE08/05INT

Closing date for applications: 25 February 2008


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Jan Herman Kuiper, PhD
Lecturer in Biomechanics, Keele University, UK
Postal address: RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital,
Oswestry, SY11 2RU, United Kingdom