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Post-doctoral position at Univ. Pittsburgh: soft tissue buckling

A post-doctoral position is available in the lab of Sachin Velankar at the University of Pittsburgh to conduct experimental research on buckling of soft tissues in cephalopods (octopus or cuttlefish).

A portion of this research - in collaboration with Prof. Roger Hanlon of Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA - will involve measuring mechanical properties of cephalopod tissues.  Accordingly, experimental expertise with mechanical characterization of tissues, and background knowledge of tissue mechanics is critical.  A portion of the work will use synthetic soft materials such as elastomers or hydrogels.  Experience with making and photopatterning such materials is desirable although not critical.  Finally, since we will be examining buckling phenomena, a famialirity with the basics of buckling in a civil/mechanical engineering context is desirable but not critical.

This fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Air Force.  The post-doctoral fellow will have substantial independence in pursuing his/her own research ideas, and this fellowship would be an excellent platform to launch their own independent career.  This project offers are also opportunities to collaborate with an expert on numerical simulation.  A commitment of roughly 1.5 years is expected, although a somewhat shorter or longer period can be considered.

Interested candidates should email

Sachin Velankar
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
PA 15261 USA
Ph. 412-624-9984
Fax 412-624-9639

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