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svelankar
09-09-2010, 10:51 PM
A post-doctoral position is available in the lab of Sachin Velankar at
the University of Pittsburgh to conduct experimental research on
buckling of soft tissues in cephalopods (octopus or cuttlefish).

A portion of this research - in collaboration with Prof. Roger Hanlon
of Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA - will involve
measuring mechanical properties of cephalopod tissues. Accordingly,
experimental expertise with mechanical characterization of tissues,
and background knowledge of tissue mechanics is critical. A portion
of the work will use synthetic soft materials such as elastomers or
hydrogels. Experience with making and photopatterning such materials
is desirable although not critical. Finally, a familiarity with the
basics of Euler buckling in a civil / mechanical engineering context
is desirable but not critical.

This fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Air Force. The
post-doctoral fellow will have substantial independence in pursuing
his/her own research ideas, and this fellowship would be an excellent
platform to launch their own independent career. This project also
offers opportunities to collaborate with an expert on numerical
simulation. A commitment of roughly 1.5 years is expected, although a
somewhat shorter or longer period can be considered.

Interested candidates should email velankars@gmail.com

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Sachin Velankar
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
PA 15261 USA
Ph. 412-624-9984
Fax 412-624-9639
Em. velankars@gmail.com
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