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10-25-2010, 12:09 AM
PhD and MSc Scholarships in Computational Biomechanics of Myocardial Infarction

The CHPC Flagship Project “Computational Mechanics and Electro-elasticity
Towards Improved Understanding of the Biomechanics of Myocardial Infarction
and the Development of Novel Therapies” offers PhD and MSc scholarships in
the field of computational biomechanics. This project is a collaboration
between the University of Cape Town and the CSIR Centre for High Performance
Computing and provides a highly multi-disciplinary research environment
comprising computational mechanics, high performance computing and
biomechanical sciences. The successful incumbent will be expected to conduct
research concerned with aspects of the biomechanics of myocardial infarction
and the efficacy of emerging therapies based on injection of biomaterials
into the infarct zone. The complex problem includes the representation of
the non-linear elastic constitutive nature and electro-sensitivity of the
myocardial muscle as well as the architecture of cardiac soft tissue with
dispersed biomaterial at micro scale. Research duties will include the
reporting of research outcomes at regular project seminars and in
quarter-annual progress reports as well as the preparation of scientific
papers for publication. Limited supervision of post-graduate research
students participating in this project may be part of the developmental
training.

The scholarships will be tenable at the Cardiovascular Research Unit
(www.biomechanics.uct.ac.za, Ref: CHPC-MI-PH01/MS01) or the Centre for
Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics (www.cerecam.uct.ac.za, Ref:
CHPC-MI-PH02/MS02). The PH01/MS01 scholarships will focus on development and
application of finite element methods for myocardial infarct mechanics and
the constitutive characterisation of myocardial soft tissue. The PH02/MS02
scholarship will focus on the fundamental constitutive modelling and the
development and application of mesh-free methods to myocardial
electro-elasticity. The commencement of the scholarships is negotiable but
should not be later than 1 January 2011.

PhD scholarships: The value of the scholarship is R80,000 per annum with a
tenure of one year, renewable to a maximum of three years contingent on
satisfactory progress and availability of funds. The successful incumbent
has to have obtained a Masters degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
or related disciplines with particular reference to computational mechanics,
and should have an interest in biomechanical problems.

MSc scholarships: The value of the scholarship is R60,000 per annum, with a
tenure of one year, renewable to a maximum of two years contingent on
satisfactory progress and availability of funds. The successful incumbent
has to have obtained a Bachelors degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
or related disciplines, and should have an interest in biomechanical
problems. An upgrade to PhD can be considered contingent to academic
performance and suitability of the candidate at the earliest 18 months after
commencement of the MSc programme.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Thomas Franz (email:
thomas.franz.uct@gmail.com, Tel +27 21 406 6418) for scholarship
CHPC-MI-PH01/MS01, and Prof Daya Reddy (email: daya.reddy@uct.ac.za, Tel +27
21 650 3787) or Dr Sebastian Skatulla (email: sebastian.skatulla@uct.ac.za,
Tel +27 21 650 2595) for scholarship CHPC-MI-PH02/MS02.

Please send your application including an indication of the preferred
scholarship, a CV, academic transcripts and contact details of three
referees to: Dr Thomas Franz (Tel +27 21 406 6418, Fax +27 21 448 5935,
email: thomas.franz.uct@gmail.com). Closing date is 30 November 2010.
Applications will, however, be accepted thereafter until the positions are
filled. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to cancel incomplete
applications, to effect changes to the conditions of the Scholarship and/or
to make no awards at all. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Thomas Franz, PhD
Head Biomechanical Sciences
Cardiovascular Research Unit
Chris Barnard Building, Room 3.09
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Anzio Road
Observatory 7925, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 406 6418 / Fax: +27 86 684 7288
www.biomechanics.uct.ac.za