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    Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Bio-Control Systems

    Centre for Medical Engineering and Technology
    Faculty of Science
    University of Hull

    This post is to support a joint EPSRC / BBSRC funded multi-disciplinary
    project involving the Universities of Hull and York, concerned with the
    application of Control Engineering methodologies to the biological
    mechanisms responsible for the regulation and control of normal bone
    turnover processes and the adaptation of bone in response to changes in
    mechanical load.

    The project requires research into the biological mechanisms that
    control the remodelling of bone - the sensing role of osteocytes and the
    communication provided by the lacuno-canalicular network - and
    identification and application of engineering control methods that could
    be used to simulate those biological control processes. This will
    require the inclusion of representative cell population dynamics and
    local and systemic signalling mechanisms. Issues of scaling will also be
    examined, including consideration of the options for parallelisation and
    implementation on a high performance computer for very large scale

    The successful applicant will have a first degree in engineering or
    possibly life sciences, together with a PhD, or equivalent experience,
    in an engineering or biomechanics field. S/he must have experience of
    relevant modern control engineering methodologies, with excellent C++
    and/or Matlab programming skills. S/he will work closely with other
    researchers working on bone modelling projects and the Control and
    Intelligent Systems Engineering (C&ISE) Research group (at Hull
    University) and bone biology experts (at York University).

    This is a two year appointment.

    For informal enquiries, please contact Dr M J Fagan, Centre for Medical
    Engineering and Technology ( or Professor R Patton,
    C&ISE, (, both at the University of Hull.

    For an application pack, email: (quoting
    ref. FS39).

    Closing date: 8 June 2007

    Dr M J Fagan
    Director, Centre for Medical Engineering and Technology (CMET)
    University of Hull
    HU6 7RX
    United Kingdom

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