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Sergio Alonso <[log in para visualizar]>
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Thu, 28 Jun 2007 11:15:30 +0200
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Hola a todos,

Por si hay alguien conoce a algun estudiante interesado en realizar un 
doctorado en Holanda:

Sergio Alonso


A four year PhD studentship is available at the Department of 
Theoretical Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The aim of 
this PhD project is to initiate studies of a new class of partial 
differential equations: coupled reaction-diffusion-mechanics systems, 
which are reaction-diffusion equations coupled with equations of finite 
elasticity. Specific aims of the project are to investigate effects of 
mechanics on basic solutions of reaction-diffusion systems such as 
nonlinear waves and vortices, which are important in various 
applications in biology and electrophysiology. For example, non-linear 
electrical waves of excitation initiate cardiac contraction, while their 
abnormal propagation regimes (vortices) are responsible for 
life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
The project includes numerical studies of electromechanics in simple 2D 
and 3D geometries and in anatomically accurate models of the heart. 
Possibilities of analytical approaches for these systems will also be 
investigated. The numerical studies will be performed together with the 
Bioengineering Institute of Auckland University, New Zealand. (For 
additional info see Panfilov at al., Phys. Rev. Lett, v.95,258104,2005; 
and Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, v.104,p.7922-7926,2007.)

We seek a motivated candidate with broad interest in integrative 
computational and mathematical biology and biomedical engineering. The 
position also requires assisting in teaching of courses given by our group.

Additional information about the job:
Our Theoretical Biology group ( performs 
fundamental research in Biology by means of formal models. One of 
direction of our research is whole heart modelling with a main focus on 
anatomically accurate modelling of the human heart and understanding the 
mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias (

Conditions of employment:
Estimated salary per month from 1918 gross per month (1st year) till 
2457 gross per month (final year), based on full-time employment.
Employment: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years

A written application including your c.v. should be sent to Dr. 
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