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    Postdoctoral Fellowship available:

    Research title: Mechanical vulnerability of cartilage-bone tissues in
    the pre-osteoarthritic joint

    A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the area of
    cartilage-bone biomechanics and osteoarthritis research. The research
    is aimed at investigating microstructural and ultrastructural changes
    associated with early degeneration of the joint tissues and
    understanding how these changes influence their mechanical vulnerability.

    The project is experimentally based and the successful appointee will
    join an active research team with a special focus on early structural
    and mechanical changes associated with cartilage/ bone degeneration.
    The research will involve
    (a) a detailed structural analysis of the cartilage/bone tissues using
    both DIC light microscopic and ultrastructural techniques,
    (b) micromechanical manipulations, and
    (c) structural/mechanical interpretation.

    The ideal candidate will have a relevant background in
    bioengineering/biology, but more importantly, a particular interest in
    joint tissue research. Fellows must hold a doctoral degree of not more
    than 4 years standing at the time of application.

    The research will be conducted in the Biomaterials Research Laboratory
    which is part of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering,
    University of Auckland, under the direction of Associate Professor Neil

    Year 1 (NZ$60,349); year 2 (NZ$62,307) together with a relocation
    allowance of NZ$2000.

    The closing date for applications is Monday 2 April 2007 and interested
    persons should email a CV and contact details of potential referees to:-
    Mr Keith Willson
    Engineering Faculty Manager
    University of Auckland
    Private Bag 92019
    New Zealand
    quoting position number A155-07

    Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting:-

    Neil D. Broom
    Associate Professor
    Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
    University of Auckland
    Private bag 92019
    Auckland, New Zealand
    PH. 64 9 3737599 Ext. 88974 (messages ext. 88112)
    Fax 64 9 3737463