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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Post-Doctoral Position in Mechanics of Brain and Eye Development at Washington University in St. Louis

An opening is available immediately for a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.  The successful candidate will study the mechanics of early brain and eye development as part of a new NIH-funded project involving faculty in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and the Washington University School of Medicine. 
The goal of this project is to determine the physical mechanisms that drive and regulate morphogenesis of the brain and eye in the early embryo. The research involves computational (finite element) modeling and laboratory experiments on chick embryos. The models include large deformation and growth of soft tissue. The experimental methods include tissue culture, optical coherence tomography, fluorescence staining, microdissection, microindentation, and cytoskeletal perturbation. 
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field. A fundamental knowledge of solid mechanics and experience with finite-element modeling, as well as biological laboratory experimentation, are highly desirable. The appointment is anticipated to be at least two years duration, and salary will be commensurate with background and experience. 
Please email CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three references to Professor Larry Taber ( Additional information about our lab can be found at

Washington University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

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