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  • Open position for PhD candidate - Spine biomechanics

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    Open position for PhD candidate - Spine biomechanics
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    Institution: Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona,
    Spain

    Research line: Biomechanics & Mechanobiology


    INSTITUTION AND RESEARCH LINE
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    The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is a research institute
    covering most bioengineering fields, from basic research to medical
    applications.

    The Biomechanics & Mechanobiology research line (www.biomechanics.es)
    explores the effect of mechanical stimuli on biological response. Numerical
    methods are used to model different mechanical interactions form organ to
    cell level, and particular attention is paid to the functional load
    transfers that naturally shape most of the connective tissues.


    RESEARCH PROJECT
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    The proposed research project focuses on the development and the validation
    of a low back musculature model for patient-specific applications.

    Clear correlations exist between low back pain and physical activity, though
    the mechanisms involved remain poorly understood. Reliable predictions of
    load transfers among the different tissues of the lumbar spine would help
    filling the gap of knowledge between the cascade of pathologic biological
    events and the disorders diagnosed in spine conditions. However, such study
    is possible only if the external loads transmitted to the different tissues,
    via the local musculature, can be quantified.

    Therefore, the mission of the candidate will be to develop a fully
    three-dimensional model of the low back musculature that will be coupled to
    an accurate osteoligamentous lumbar spine finite element model. Techniques
    of model calibration will be also developed based on acquired in vivo data.


    PROFILE OF THE CANDIDATE AND CONTACT INFORMATION
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    The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in bioengineering,
    mechanical or civil engineering, physics, or applied mathematics. Previous
    knowledge in numerical optimization and computational mechanics is
    favourable. The candidate should be motivated to work in a highly
    international environment, with English as working language and Spanish
    recommended.

    Interested persons should send their CV and a cover letter to Dr. Jérôme
    Noailly (jnoailly@ibec.pcb.ub.es) before 15 September 2010.



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    Jérôme NOAILLY, PhD
    Biomechanics & Mechanobiology
    Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
    C/ Baldiri Reixac, 4
    08028 Barcelona
    SPAIN
    tel: +34 93 403 13 92
    e-mail: jnoailly@ibec.pcb.ub.es
    http://www.biomechanics.es
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