The Tissue Mechanics Laboratory (TML), Department of Bioengineering,
University of Pittsburgh has the following immediate openings in the
area of cardiovascular soft tissue mechanics:

1 - A post-doctoral position for 2 years, salary ~$30k/year.

2 - Ph.D. - level research assistantships at ~$15k/year with full
tuition remission.

The research will involve the following areas:

1. Continuing our ongoing research program in bioprosthetic heart valve
tissue and device-level mechanics.
2. Biomechanical analysis of aneurysmal vascular tissues.
3. Tissue mechanics of engineered tissues.

Our focus is the integration of rigorous experimental tissue
biomechanics with quantitative morphological measurements toward
establishing mechanisms behind structure-strength relations in
cardiovascular soft tissues. The above projects will utilize existing
and novel multi-axial mechanical and imaging testing techniques. For
example, the TML has pioneered the use of small angle light scattering
(SALS) in tissue structural analysis and its use in structural
constitutive models. In addition to continuing our use of SALS, there
is also extensive tissue imaging facilities available at the U.
Pittsburgh Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

To apply or for more information, contact Dr. Michael Sacks at the
numbers/address listed below.

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Michael S. Sacks,Ph.D.

Department of Bioengineering
Room 749 Benedum Hall
3700 Ohara St.
Pittsburgh PA 15261
Tel: 412-642-8985
Fax: 412-383-8788
email: msacks@engrng.pitt.edu
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