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A vacancy exists in the group of Professor Denis Noble, FRS, to work in the field of computational analysis and reconstruction of heart rhythm regulation. The group is experienced in the development of one- to three-dimensional models of cardiac cell, tissue, and organ activity, based on the description of ion distributions and transport processes on the single cell level (using sets of ordinary differential equations on single processor PC and UNIX workstations) and their integration into multicellular structures consisting of millions of cells (using parallel processing on a dedicated 12-processor Silicon Graphics Power Challenge). The project is based on close interaction (exchange of personnel) between teams at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Auckland University.

 Projects will involve refinement and development of pre-existing parallel Fortran'77 code (developed in Baltimore and Auckland) and its application to scientific problems relevant to our research; statistical analysis of experimental and modelling data (bifurcation analysis, determination of stable states, etc.); development and application of advanced graphics routines for 3D data visualization; and participation in administration of the group's SGI UNIX systems (four Indys, one O2 Power Challenge). The final job description will be determined jointly with the successful candidate to accommodate personal skills, expertise, and preferences. The ideal candidate will be proficient in UNIX (including routine IRIX administration) and should be experienced in at least two out of the following: Fortran programming, object-oriented programming (C++), parallel processing environments, 3D graphics development (OpenGL). Further training can be arranged.

 The post is funded for two years initially by MRC and BHF at the level of Academic-related Research Staff Grade IA: salary £15,159-£22,785 a year. Applicants should send a full curriculum vitae with the names and addresses of two referees to the Assistant Administrator, University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PT. Further information can be obtained from Professor D. Noble on 01865 272533. Closing date for applications is 12 December 1997.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 26th November 1997
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