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Modelling the non-linear visco-elastic behaviour of soft tissues

   School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics

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  Dr Valentina Balbi  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Galway Ireland Applied Mathematics Biomechanics Biomedical Engineering Engineering Mathematics Mathematical Modelling Solid Mechanics

About the Project

Soft tissues such as the skin, the brain, muscles and tendons, have a visco-elastic behaviour. They display properties of both fluids and solids when subjected to external loads. This project aims at experimentally investigating the physical mechanisms at the origin of visco-elasticity in soft tissues and at developing new mathematical models to describe and predict the visco-elastic response of the tissues. The emphasis is on the non-linear aspects and how to incorporate them into the modelling.

The successful candidate will hold a BSc or a MSc in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline. This position requires a solid knowledge in continuum mechanics and a strong interest in the biomechanics of soft biological tissues. Interest in developing numerical skills (implementation and use of finite elements codes, symbolic calculus in Maple or Mathematica) and experimental skills (carrying out mechanical testing and developing testing protocols) is desirable.

To apply, please send your CV, a one-page motivation letter (explaining why you want to apply for the position and your research vision for the project) and 2 reference letters to [Email Address Removed].

Applications close on 31st May 2021 at 12pm.

Funding Notes

The annual value of the Scholarship is €14,400 for Year 1, and €16,000 for Years 2-4. In addition, course fees will be paid by the College if not paid from another source. Students may also earn up to €6,000 per annum from other sources (Local Authority Higher Education Grants, IRC Government of Ireland Scholarships, etc.).
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