Post Doc - Fluid Structure Interaction in Human Body Modeling

Reference number 2011/1
Application deadline 2011-02-28

Traffic Safety at Chalmers

Chalmers strategy for excellence in research, education and innovation is structured in eight Areas of Advance. Transport is one of these areas with Traffic Safety as one of three profiles.

Chalmers has a long history in Traffic Safety research with extensive collaboration with industry and society. SAFER – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre is the hub and physical meeting place for this collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and innovation.

The vision for Transport area of advance is to become one of the world´s leading universities with regard to green, safe, efficient and effective future transport systems. In line with this we are now opening for Postdocs in the area of Traffic Safety.

Job description

The aim of this Post-doc project is to combine Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element (FE) methods to develop and validate fluid structure interaction (FSI) models of the human body. A focus will be the cervical spine and the cervical venous plexus. The models will enable prediction of the transient flow and pressure events in the spinal canal that take place during rapid cervical bending motion similar to “whiplash motion” of the type that is commonly resulting in long lasting symptoms in the neck region of car occupants after a car collision. The project is funded within Chalmers Transport Area of Advance.

The work will focus on the development of a detailed model of a dorsal root ganglion, its interface to the two adjacent vertebrae and representation of the surrounding soft tissue and the mechanical loading from the surrounding dynamic pressure changes. Ganglion strain and stress magnitudes will be investigated as function of parameters such as pressure magnitude and pressure time history. Depending on the interest of the applicants to the position the project will be extended to other body regions, where for example the significance of lung pressure on thoracic injury mechanism is one area of interest. Different ways of coupling the solid strains, stresses and deformations, and fluid pressure and velocity fields, will be investigated. Experience and developments from previous work using LS-DYNA, Fluent, and OpenFOAM will be used.

A Post Doc position is an appointment that offers an opportunity to qualify for further research positions within academia or industry. The appointment is for 1+1 years of full-time employment. Majority of your working time is devoted to your research. Included in your work may also be co-supervision of Ph.D. students and M.Sc. thesis students as well as a limited contribution to teaching of undergraduate students.

Required qualifications
The applicant must have a PhD degree and needs to be experienced in Fluid Dynamics modeling as well as Finite Element modeling. Experience in Fluid-Structure Interaction modeling is a merit. Experience in LS Dyna, ANSYS and/or OpenFOAM is of value. An interest in acquiring knowledge, in human anatomy and physiology is a requirement. English language skills, both verbal and written, are required.
Application procedure

The application shall be written in English and include the following items:

  1. An application of a maximum of one A4 page containing your specific qualifications for the position
  2. Curriculum Vitae including list of publications
  3. Two reference persons who can be contacted by Chalmers (describe association with them and give their contact addresses)
  4. Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents

The application shall be sent electronically. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

The documents according to items 1-4 above shall be attached as two pdf-files.

One should contain items 1-3 in the listing of material to be included in the application The other should contain item 4 in the listing of material, and any other appendices.

The files may be compressed (zipped).

If any material is not available electronically or cannot be transferred to pdf format, the material can be sent as a hard copy to Registrar. The applicants name and the reference number (2011/1) must be written on the first page of the application.

Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg

Further information

Mats Svensson
Phone: +46317723644

Håkan Nilsson
Phone: +46317721414

Karin Brolin
Phone: +46317721509

Lars Davidson
Phone: +46317721404

Union representatives
  • SACO: Jan Lindér
  • ST: Marie Wenander
  • SEKO: Johan Persson

All reachable via Chalmers exchange: +46 31 772 10 00

Last modified: January 03, 2011
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