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    MSc Projects in Computational and Experimental Biomechanics of Sutures
    in Vertebrate Skulls
    Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics (CERECAM),
    University of Cape Town, South Africa

    The research theme "Computational and Experimental Mechanics of Cranial
    Sutures" is part of a collaboration between the Centre for Research in
    Computational and Applied Mechanics (CERECAM), Blast Impact and
    Survivability Research Unit (BISRU), and the Department of Zoology, all
    located at the University of Cape Town. There are two MSc(Eng) projects
    available under this research theme. We can offer a highly
    multi-disciplinary research environment comprising of computational
    mechanics, high performance computing, experimental facilities, and
    biomechanical sciences.

    The successful incumbent will be expected to conduct research
    investigating the mechanics of cranial sutures (joints between skull
    bones) in various animal models using a computational and/or
    experimental approach. This challenging project includes the material
    modelling of the viscoelastic collagen fibres within the suture, as well
    as simulations of masticatory (cyclical) and impact loading of the
    bone-suture complex using the finite element method. Validation of these
    computational analyses through experimental analyses can be undertaken,
    as well as comparison to published experimental data. Focus on either
    the computational or experimental methodologies will depend on the
    experience of the incumbent. Research duties will include the reporting
    of research outcomes at regular project seminars as well as the
    preparation of scientific papers for publication.

    The value of the MSc scholarship is R60,000 per annum, with a tenure of
    one year, renewable to a maximum of two years contingent on satisfactory
    progress. The successful incumbent must have obtained a Bachelors degree
    in Engineering, or a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Mathematics or Physics or
    related disciplines, and should have an interest in biomechanical
    problems. A relevant computational background is an essential
    prerequisite for the computational part of the project. The starting
    date is negotiable but should not be later than 01 February 2011.
    Supplementary funding may be applied for through the UCT Postgraduate
    Centre and Funding Office.

    Further information can be obtained from Prof. Daya Reddy
    (, Tel +27 21 650 3787) or Dr. Sandra Jasinoski
    (, or from the websites:,, and

    Please send your application, including a CV, academic transcripts and
    contact details of two referees to: Ms. Olivia Goodhind (Tel +27 21 650
    3187, Fax +27 21 685 2281, Closing date is
    20 November 2010. The University of Cape Town reserves the right not to
    consider incomplete applications, to effect changes to the conditions of
    the scholarship, and/or to make no awards at all. Only short-listed
    candidates will be contacted.

    Dr. Sandra Jasinoski
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Zoology; CERECAM
    University of Cape Town
    South Africa
    (+27) 21 650 4007


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