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PhD Position in Biomechanics (Thrombus Mechanics and Growth), Graz University of Technology, Austria

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PhD Position on "Thrombus Mechanics and Growth" within the Lead Project
at the Institute of Applied Mechanics
Graz University of Technology, Austria

Brief Description of the Lead Project:
Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) is funding the joint research project “Mechanics,
Modeling and Simulation of Aortic Dissection” as a Lead project of the university. A consortium
of scientists from biomechanical-, civil-, electrical-, and mechanical engineering, computer science,
mathematics, and physics has been formed to cooperate on refining the scientific profile of TU Graz.
Aortic dissection (AD) is a defect of the aortic wall tissue with life-threatening consequential damage.
The goal of the project is to develop computational tools and advanced algorithms based on
noninvasive medical imaging and to quantify the underlying cardiovascular mechanics in patientspecific
anatomical and fluid-structure interaction models for AD. The computational framework will
be capable of investigating wall stresses, the hemodynamics, false lumen propagation, exchange of
blood between true and false lumina, thrombus formation and growth, at any stage of the disease.
This will help to better understand the mechanobiological event and to finally assist clinicians with the
diagnosis, treatment and management of AD patients – computational results will be visualized by
advanced virtual reality techniques.

The Lead project finances 10 positions for PhD candidates. There is still one position available in the
sub-project "Thrombus Mechanics and Growth".

For more details, please visit the website: -> Open Positions -> (vii) Thrombus mechanics and grwoth

Requirements for the Candidate and Opportunities:
The successful candidate should have a qualified Master in biomedical engineering, mechanical or
civil engineering, applied mathematics or mechanics. Good knowledge in continuum mechanics is
required. The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic to work in medical-related research and in a
multidisciplinary team. We offer academic supervision at a high level and a comprehensive education
in engineering sciences. Throughout the project, the candidate will gain experience in working with
research teams worldwide. Required language is English. The goal for the candidates is to write a
Doctoral Thesis.

Full-time, 40 hours per week, gross salary: €2731.00 per month (14 times per year)

Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration: 3 years, with a possibility of extension
Location: Graz University of Technology, Austria
How to apply: We look forward to receiving your application at including a
cover letter, CV, a scan of academic transcripts, two academic reference letters, a sample of
written work (e.g., Master Thesis, scientific paper).
Further information: Visit
If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Martin Schanz at


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