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    Two Graduate Research Assistant Positions in Tissue Biomechanics

    Two NSF funded graduate research positions are currently available at
    the Hard Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory, the University of Texas at San
    Antonio, San Antonio, Texas. Both positions are funded by the National
    Science Foundation (NSF) and are supported through either Biomedical
    Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program.

    One of the positions involves in research on nanomechanical
    characterization of bone tissues using a nanoindentation system. This
    project requires both computational simulation and experimental
    measurement of in situ tissue behavior during nanoindentation and
    nanoscratch processes. The aim of the project is to develop and validate
    the novel test techniques to determine ultrastructural changes in bone.

    The other is funded through a NSF research center and focuses on
    multiscale modeling for prediction of bone fragility fractures. Model
    visualization/construction, finite element simulation, probabilistic
    failure analysis, and high speed computing are required for the project.
    The uniqueness of this project is use of probabilistic approaches to
    cope with uncertainties in the modeling processes.

    The successful applicants should possess a Master's degree in Mechanical
    Engineering, Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely
    related discipline with a genuine interest in bone tissue biomechanics.
    Preliminary experience in computational simulation and Matlab
    programming are advantageous. Applicants from underrepresented groups
    are strongly encouraged to apply for the positions.

    Applications should be made electronically to Prof. Xiaodu Wang
    (, including a complete CV, an essay detailing the
    applicant's motivations, his or her previous experience, relevant
    skills, and the contact information of two references.

    Xiaodu Wang, PhD
    Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
    University of Texas at San Antonio
    One UTSA Circle
    San Antonio, Texas 78249
    (210) 458-5565 (phone)
    (210) 458-6504 (fax)