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Sandra Jasinoski
10-28-2010, 11:13 PM
MSc Projects in Computational and Experimental Biomechanics of Sutures
in Vertebrate Skulls
Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics (CERECAM),
University of Cape Town, South Africa


The research theme "Computational and Experimental Mechanics of Cranial
Sutures" is part of a collaboration between the Centre for Research in
Computational and Applied Mechanics (CERECAM), Blast Impact and
Survivability Research Unit (BISRU), and the Department of Zoology, all
located at the University of Cape Town. There are two MSc(Eng) projects
available under this research theme. We can offer a highly
multi-disciplinary research environment comprising of computational
mechanics, high performance computing, experimental facilities, and
biomechanical sciences.


The successful incumbent will be expected to conduct research
investigating the mechanics of cranial sutures (joints between skull
bones) in various animal models using a computational and/or
experimental approach. This challenging project includes the material
modelling of the viscoelastic collagen fibres within the suture, as well
as simulations of masticatory (cyclical) and impact loading of the
bone-suture complex using the finite element method. Validation of these
computational analyses through experimental analyses can be undertaken,
as well as comparison to published experimental data. Focus on either
the computational or experimental methodologies will depend on the
experience of the incumbent. Research duties will include the reporting
of research outcomes at regular project seminars as well as the
preparation of scientific papers for publication.


The value of the MSc scholarship is R60,000 per annum, with a tenure of
one year, renewable to a maximum of two years contingent on satisfactory
progress. The successful incumbent must have obtained a Bachelors degree
in Engineering, or a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Mathematics or Physics or
related disciplines, and should have an interest in biomechanical
problems. A relevant computational background is an essential
prerequisite for the computational part of the project. The starting
date is negotiable but should not be later than 01 February 2011.
Supplementary funding may be applied for through the UCT Postgraduate
Centre and Funding Office.


Further information can be obtained from Prof. Daya Reddy
(daya.reddy@uct.ac.za, Tel +27 21 650 3787) or Dr. Sandra Jasinoski
(sandra.jasinoski@uct.ac.za), or from the websites:
www.cerecam.uct.ac.za, www.bisru.uct.ac.za, and www.zoology.uct.ac.za.


Please send your application, including a CV, academic transcripts and
contact details of two referees to: Ms. Olivia Goodhind (Tel +27 21 650
3187, Fax +27 21 685 2281, olivia.goodhind@uct.ac.za). Closing date is
20 November 2010. The University of Cape Town reserves the right not to
consider 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.



Dr. Sandra Jasinoski
Postdoctoral Researcher
Zoology; CERECAM
University of Cape Town
South Africa
(+27) 21 650 4007




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