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Post Doc position at ETH Zurich in computational structural mechanics

The Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies (LTNT) at ETH Zurich has an opening for a

Post Doc

Computational structural mechanics with focus on soft tissues and wave propagation

Project and Job Description
Pulsation of the cerebral arteries is transmitted to the surrounding parenchyma, resulting in a characteristic cerebral motion and pressure distribution. Pathological changes in intracranial properties can lead to alterations of these parameters. The goal of this project is to associate such alterations with the onset of certain pathologies and to develop, together with a globally leading partner from the biomedical technology industry, a product prototype.

The role of the Post Doc sought for this project will be to model physiologic wave propagation in the brain, to derive quantifiable parameters for the indication of a pathologic state, to validate experimentally both model and parameters on an existing phantom of the central nervous system and to set design parameters for the product prototype.

A Ph.D. degree from a recognized institution with emphasis on computational engineering scienes in general and computational structural modeling in particular is required. Candidates should have a very good command of the English language and excellent communication skills. Experience in the study of wave propagation and understanding of biological tissues is a clear plus.

Additional Benefits
We offer an exciting, funded position in a top ranked university environment with access to the resources and expertise of a global leader in the biomed industry. The starting date is January 3, 2011, or upon mutual agreement. 

Interested candidates should direct their questions and/or send a complete resume including list of publications, list of three references and both master and bachelor level grades per e-mail to:

Dr. Vartan Kurtcuoglu
Group Leader Biofluidics
ETH Zurich
Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies
Sonneggstrasse 3, ML J 27.2
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
E-mail: vartan.kurtcuoglu AT

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