The Tissue Mechanics Lab in the Department of Bioengineering, University
of Pittsburgh, has immediate openings for a Ph.D.-level graduate
research assistant in the area of artificial heart valve tissue
structural and mechanical analyses. The project involves 3D
microstructural and complex mechanical analyses of heart valve
biomaterials, with a focus on the study of the fatigue damage behavior.
The study will also include novel scaffolds for use in tissue engineered
heart valves.

A strong interest in tissue mechanics, structure, and composition is
required. Good experimental skills, ability to design and fabricate
testing devices are also a plus. In addition, the project will include
significant computational modeling using novel material models. A 12
month stipend with full tuition waiver is included. Students with a
Master's degree and relevant work experience are strongly preferred.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michael Sacks
Department of Bioengineering
Room 749 Benedum Hall
Tel: 624-8985

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Michael S. Sacks, Ph.D.

Tissue Mechanics Laboratory
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
Room 749 Benedum Hall
3500 Ohara St.
Pittsburgh PA 15261
Tel: 412-624-8985
Fax: 412-383-8788
Pager: 412-740-9048

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"Systems of interacting forces and stimuli don't have to be very
complicated before the unaided human intuition can no longer predict
accurately what the net result should be. At this point computer
simulations, or other mathematical models, become necessary. Without the
aid of mechanicians, and others skilled in simulation and modeling,
developmental biology will remain a prisoner of our inadequate and
conflicting physical intuitions and metaphors." - A.K. Harris
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