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    Post-doctoral Fellowship (2x) in Computational Biomechanics of Myocardial

    The CHPC Flagship Project “Computational Mechanics and Electro-elasticity
    Towards Improved Understanding of the Biomechanics of Myocardial Infarction
    and the Development of Novel Therapies” offers two post-doctoral fellowships
    in the field of computational biomechanics. This project is a collaboration
    between the University of Cape Town and the CSIR Centre for High Performance
    Computing and provides a highly multi-disciplinary research environment
    comprising computational mechanics, high performance computing and
    biomechanical sciences. The successful incumbent will be expected to conduct
    research concerned with aspects of the biomechanics of myocardial infarction
    and the efficacy of emerging therapies based on injection of biomaterials
    into the infarct zone. The complex problem includes the representation of
    the non-linear elastic constitutive nature and electro-sensitivity of the
    myocardial muscle as well as the architecture of cardiac soft tissue with
    dispersed biomaterial at micro scale. Research duties will include the
    reporting of research outcomes at regular project seminars and in
    quarter-annual progress reports as well as the preparation of scientific
    papers for publication. Limited supervision of post-graduate research
    students participating in this project may be part of the developmental

    One fellowship will be tenable at the Cardiovascular Research Unit
    ( in Faculty of Health Sciences (Ref:
    CHPC-MI-PD01). This fellowship will focus on development and application of
    finite element methods for myocardial infarct mechanics and the constitutive
    characterisation of myocardial soft tissue. The second fellowship will be
    tenable at the Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics
    ( in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built
    Environment (Ref: CHPC-MI-PD02). Focus of this fellowship will be the
    fundamental constitutive modelling and the development and application of
    mesh-free methods to myocardial electro-elasticity.

    The value of the fellowship is R175,000 per annum. Individual application to
    the SARS for tax-exemption will be made by the University of Cape Town on
    behalf of the successful candidate. No benefits or travel allowance are
    included in the fellowship. The tenure of fellowship is one year, renewable
    for one further year contingent on satisfactory progress and availability of
    funds. The commencement of the fellowship is preferably as soon as possible
    but can be negotiated.

    The successful incumbent has to have obtained the PhD degree, within the
    last five years, in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related disciplines
    with particular reference to computational mechanics, have an interest in
    biomechanical problems and have not yet held any permanent professional
    posts (specifically as academics) since achieving the PhD. The successful
    incumbent will be required to comply with the University of Cape Town’s
    approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

    Further information can be obtained from Dr Thomas Franz (email:, Tel +27 21 406 6418) for fellowship
    CHPC-MI-PD01, and Prof Daya Reddy (email:, Tel +27 21
    650 3787) or Dr Sebastian Skatulla (email:, Tel
    +27 21 650 2595) for fellowship CHPC-MI-PD02.

    Please send your application including an indication of the preferred
    fellowship, a CV and contact details of three referees to: Dr Thomas Franz
    (Tel +27 21 406 6418, Fax +27 21 448 5935, email: Closing date is 30 November 2010. Applications
    will, however, be accepted thereafter until the positions are filled. The
    University of Cape Town reserves the right to cancel incomplete
    applications, to effect changes to the conditions of the Fellowship and/or
    to make no awards at all. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.