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Post-doctoral opportunity at U. Pittsburgh on arterial mechanics

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to examine the biomechanics of arterial corrugations. Arteries are known to have a strongly-corrugated lumen. This is readily evident from histology images of the internal elastic lamina (IEL), which usually appears as a heavily-wrinkled layer. The overall goal of this research is to elucidate the biomechanics of such arterial corrugations.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the biomechanical modeling of tissues, expertise in selecting suitable constitutive equations, and in FEM modeling of complex geometries. Expertise with ANSYS or ABAQUS, or expertise with the specific biomechanics of arteries, would be great assets. The post-doctoral fellow will collaborate with experimental researchers, create simulation geometries from experimental images of arteries, and simulate these geometries under desired loading conditions. The position will be formally supervised by Sachin Velankar, but the post-doctoral fellow will have ample opportunities to interact with Drs. Luca Deseri, Anne Robertson, and Luka Pocivavsek.

The initial appointment will be for a 1 year duration, with the possibility of an extension. Interested candidates should email

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