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  • PhD position at Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia

    One PhD position is available in the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
    Research Group of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
    (Barcelona, Spain). The research group led by Dr. Damien Lacroix has an
    extensive experience in the development of computer simulations to
    better understand the interaction between biomaterials, cell biology and
    mechanical stimuli. The advertised position will start as soon as
    possible and be funded for 4 years. The candidates should have a degree
    in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics. Previous
    knowledge on finite element analysis and programming skills are highly
    advantageous. Good skills in both spoken and written English are
    expected; knowledge of Spanish is beneficial. Candidates should be able
    to work both independently and as a member of a team.

    A short description of the position is given below.

    Title: Computational flow and perfusion simulations for functional
    assessment of microvasculature and tissue engineered construct

    Within the context of a European-funded project in the development of
    tissue engineering construct to control angiogenesis, numerical
    simulations of such engineering constructs will be developed within the
    Barcelona group. Quantification of the fluid flow within these
    constructs is essential to determine the constructs transport
    properties. Therefore, large-scale computational fluid flow dynamics
    analyses will be performed to calculate the local mechanical stimuli
    acting on the constructs and on the cells within the constructs.
    Validation of the model will be performed based on time-lapsed imaging
    data obtained on an in-vivo model. Analysis of the angiogenic properties
    of the constructs will be made and a quantitative assessment of the
    functionality of the constructs will be given based on the numerical
    simulations. The results of this study will bring further understanding
    on the mechanobiology of tissue engineered constructs.

    Applicants should following instructions to,ca_ES/

    Damien Lacroix, PhD
    Biomechanics & Mechanobiology
    Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
    C\ Baldiri Reixac, 4
    08028 Barcelona
    Tel: +34 934020266

    17th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics
    Edinburgh, UK: 5-8th July 2010
    Abstract Deadline: 30th November 2010