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    Post-doctoral Fellowship
    Spine Bioengineering Research
    Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont, Burlington,
    Vermont, USA
    Biochemistry & Cell Biology Group, AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland

    Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of
    intervertebral disc bioengineering. The general aims of the research are to
    investigate the influence of mechanical signals on the metabolic response
    of intervertebral disc cells in order to isolate those factors that
    accelerate degenerative disc disease and cause low back pain. Specific
    projects include investigations of the mechano-biology of the
    intervertebral disc with animal and cell/tissue culture models, and/or the
    development of finite element models of the intervertebral disc and its
    cellular environment.

    The fellow is expected to spend research time at the base institution in
    the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont, and
    also at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland.

    The University of Vermont has extensive biomedical engineering resources in
    the areas of biomechanics, histology, and microscopy. Opportunities also
    exist for collaborations in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
    within the McClure Musculoskeletal Research Center in the College of
    Medicine. The AO Research Institute also has excellent facilities in cell
    and tissue culture, cell and molecular biology, imaging, and biomechanics.

    Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in bioengineering or a related field and
    have a strong interest in soft-tissue mechanics, biomechanics, and/or
    tissue engineering. Experience with materials testing, computational
    modeling, molecular biology, animal models and/or tissue culture is preferred.

    To apply, please send a cover letter with a statement of interests, a
    curriculum vitae or resume, sample publications or preprints, and the names
    and contact information of three references to:

    James C. Iatridis, Ph.D.
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    231 Votey Building
    University of Vermont
    Burlington, VT 05405-0084
    Phone: 802-656-2774
    Fax: 802-656-1929

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