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    I would appreciate it if you could circulate this notice to your list.

    The Vestibular Mechanics Lab at Virginia Tech is looking to hire a Ph.D.
    student to simulate mechanics of hair cell ciliary bundles. These
    microscopic structures in the inner ear are mechanotransducers,
    essential to converting both sound and motion to nerve impulses. The
    student will extend the ability of our current model (Cotton, J.R. and
    J.W. Grant, 2000, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 122, pp.
    44-50) to add time dependence, mechanical adaptation, and fluid/solid
    interaction. The resulting model will be used to deduce mechanisms of
    physiologic function.

    The student will be offered a Graduate Research Assistantship which
    includes tuition and stipend. The student must be admitted to either the
    Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics for a degree in
    Engineering Mechanics, or the School of Biomedical Engineering for a
    degree in BME, both in the College of Engineering at Virginia
    Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg,
    VA 24061.

    Qualifications: The candidate must be able to plan and implement
    strategies for solving nonlinear (geometric and material) structural
    problems using finite element analysis. A familiarity with viscous fluid
    flow, biomechanics, and composite materials is desirable. Extensive
    programming experience is a must, preferably Fortran.

    Well-qualified PhDs may also be considered for this position as a
    Postdoc. Applicants for such a position must also demonstrate a record
    of research, scientific publishing and grant writing.

    Inquiries and resumes may be sent to J. W. Grant at or
    John Cotton at


    John R. Cotton, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
    Mail Code (0219)
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24060

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