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02-03-2009, 03:05 AM

Positions: MSc and PhD

Research Areas: Biomechanics & Medical Imaging

Location: Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

(Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Research Overview:

The overall aim of this research program is to link clinical medical
imaging, biomechanical simulations and computational finite element analyses
to answer important questions regarding bone and joint health and disease
(such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and musculoskeletal injuries). Within
this program, the following research opportunities exist for interested MSc
and PhD students:

Osteoarthritis (Focus on Knee Joint):

1. Develop and refine imaging techniques to predict the mechanical
properties of bone and cartilage.
2. Validate image-based predictions of bone and cartilage properties
via experimental mechanical testing.
3. Develop finite element simulations of experimental tests to improve
mechanical property predictions.

Musculoskeletal Injuries (Focus on Wrist):

1. Validate and refine imaged-based predictions of whole-bone forearm
strength using experimental mechanical testing.
2. Develop finite element simulations of experimental tests to improve
mechanical property predictions.
3. Determine forces, velocities and accelerations experienced at the
wrist when a young subjects falls on the extended arm.
4. Develop finite element simulations of the wrist during falling.

Research will be primarily conducted within the Musculoskeletal and
Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Imaging Laboratory (MOBIL), located within the
College of Engineering. All projects are conducted in collaboration with
researchers from the Bone and Joint Health Research Group, which includes
faculty from the Colleges of Engineering, Kinesiology and Medicine. This
multi-disciplinary research programs provides a variety of research
perspectives incorporating techniques from engineering, radiology,
kinesiology, rheumatology, rehabilitation and orthopaedic medicine.
Opportunities also exist to incorporate imaging-based research projects with
Canada's only synchrotron: the Canadian Light Source (CLS) located on the
University of Saskatchewan campus.

Qualifications: Students with undergraduate or MSc degrees in Engineering,
Physics and Computer Science are encouraged to apply. Provisions may be made
for students with degrees in the Health Sciences (e.g., Kinesiology) through
co-supervision. Backgrounds in biomechanics, FEA, medical imaging, software
development and medical device design are desirable. The preferred candidate
will also have strong computational skills (e.g., Matlab), and be fluent in
written and spoken English.

Salary: The scholarship provides a (tax-free) yearly stipend of $16,500 for
MSc and $19,000 for PhD students, plus benefits, conference travel and
research expenses. External scholarships (e.g., NSERC, CIHR) will be
supplementary to the yearly stipend. A top-up (~$2000) may also be available
for individuals without incoming external scholarship support. Teaching and
research assistantships may be available for additional income.

Start Date: September/2009 or January/2010.

Contact Info: Interested students should send a one page letter detailing
their research interests, previous experience, applicable skills, GPA, plus
their CV by email to J.D. Johnston (jd.johnston@usask.ca). Please send
applications ASAP since supplementary external scholarship opportunities
will expire by the end of March/2009 for prospective PhD students.


James (J.D.) Johnston

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Saskatchewan

57 Campus Drive

Saskatoon, SK S7N5A9


tel: 306.966.1468

fax: 306.966.5427

email: jd.johnston@usask.ca