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.