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    BIOMCH-L: Please publish this invitation to all subscribers.

    Subject: Ph.D. Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering, Spine Biomechanics at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Project start early January 2006.

    Applications are invited for a 3 year Ph. D. Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering, Spine Biomechanics. The position is a collaboration between the Biomedical Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and the Department of Neurosurgery in the College of Medicine. The project is funded by the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory (SBL) of the Department of Neurosurgery.

    Title: Investigation of the cervicothoracic and thoracolumbar spine: A biomechanical study with clinical implications.

    Objective: Acquire a more complete understanding of the cervicothoracic and thoracolumbar junctions' mechanics through identification of the stiffness and pressure gradients along the spine. A finite element model of the junction regions will be generated.

    The project focus is the cervicothoracic and thoracolumbar junctions. These transition regions are currently not well understood. Interrogating the regions is expected to provide clinical as well as engineering insight in spinal instrumentation placement and design.

    The Ph. D. Fellowship is for 3 years and includes an annual stipend of $25,000.00 plus 80% tuition reimbursement. Adequate funds are also available for cadaveric tissue in support of the project. SBL capabilities include an MTS servo-hydraulic testing system with a custom spine testing apparatus. Intradiscal pressure measurements as well as strain gage techniques are used frequently. The SBL also has a Faxitron digital X-ray, finite element modeling (IDEAS-11), and CAD. Several experienced spine neurosurgeons as well as residents and medical fellows are available and involved in the SBL and with the project.

    The preferred qualifications are a Master of Science (or Engineering) in Biomechanics or Mechanical Engineering.

    This position will be under the supervision of Dr. Wesley M. Johnson, Assistant Professor and Director, Spine Biomechanics Laboratory.

    Inquiries and applications should be emailed to Dr. Wesley M. Johnson (