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01-09-2002, 05:31 PM
A full-time research scientist position is available in the Research Unit
of Equine Biomechanics and Pathology of the Locomotor System, at the Ecole
Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort (Paris area, France), in the field of
Mechanical modelisation - Biomechanical measurement techniques.
Starting Date : June 2002

RESPONSIBILITIES and SKILLS
The project consists in the development of mechanical models of the
locomotor system of the horse. The project involves the improvement of the
existing measurement techniques already available in the research unit
(e.g. kinematics, electromyography) and the development of new ones (e.g. :
dynamometry, strain/load sensors).
A PhD with a background in Mechanics, Biomechanics or Biomedical
Engineering is preferred. The person appointed would be expected to have
substantial knowledge of materials mechanics and dynamics, as well as in
functional anatomy, and locomotor system physiology. Highly desirable
skills include experience working with 3D kinematics, force plateforms,
electromyography, tendon mathematical modeling, writing computer programs,
experience in rheological measurements.

RESEARCH UNIT FACILITIES
The aims of our research are : 1. to better understand the functioning of
the equine locomotor system by using different complementary approaches
(kinematics, electromyography, functional anatomy); 2. to improve the means
of identification of lesions and locomotor disorders through different
techniques : imaging (radiography, ultrasonography, MRI,Š), kinematics and
articular fluid analysis; 3. to better know the distribution, evolution,
consequences and tolerance of the lesions (tendinopathies,
osteochondrosis); 4. to identify early criteria of performance or unability
to sport exercice.
The research group includes 6 members of the Anatomy/Equine clinic teaching
staff, 2 engineers, 2 assistant-engineers, 6 PhD students.
The equipment available includes two 3D kinematic analysis systems which
can be used either in indoors and outdoors conditions (1 video based and 1
based on run time measurement of ultrasonic pulses [Zebris*]), an
electromechanic testing machine, a treadmill, a surface electromyography
and accelerometers device, high level conventional imaging diagnostic
procedures (radiography, ultrasonography, thermography, scintigraphy, MRI).

INITIAL RESEARCH PROGRAM
Mechanical modelisation of the horse's hand. Development of techniques
which allow to simulate the mechanical stresses within the horse's hand
(bones, joints, tendons) during the different circumstances of locomotion.
This modelisation will be performed from kinematic, rheologic (e.g. from in
vivo strain/load sensors), kinetic and electromyographic data.
Co-direction of a PhD.

Application files (written in French) can be obtained until January 23,
from the INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), either via
internet (http://www.inra.fr/Internet/Directions/DRH/infodrh/index.htm), or
by regular mail (INRA - DRH - Concours CR, 147 rue de l'Université, 75338
PARIS cedex 07, FRANCE) or by fax (00 33 1 42 75 90 39).
The deadline for application is January 25. The recruitment itself will
take place between April 29 and May 30, 2002.

For more information, please contact :
Pr Nathalie Crevier-Denoix, DVM, PhD
UMR INRA-ENVA de Biomécanique et Pathologie Locomotrice du Cheval
Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, 7, ave du Général de Gaulle 94704
Maisons-Alfort cedex - France
Tel. : 00 33 1 43 96 71 06
Fax : 00 33 1 43 96 31 62
E-mail : crevier@vet-alfort.fr

Pr Nathalie CREVIER-DENOIX
UP d'Anatomie
UMR INRA-ENVA de Biomécanique et Pathologie Locomotrice du Cheval
Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort
7, ave du général de Gaulle
94700 Maisons-Alfort - FRANCE

Tel : 01 43 96 71 06
Fax : 01 43 96 31 62
From abroad : +33 1 43 96 71 06
E-mail : crevier@vet-alfort.fr

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