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01-17-2003, 05:13 AM

A post-doctoral position or research physical therapist position has
recently become available in the Locomotion Laboratory of W. Zev Rymer, MD,
PhD, at the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of
Chicago. The successful candidates will participate in extramurally funded
research that examines the effects of specific physical and pharmacological
interventions on the adaptive properties of human locomotion and functional
recovery, ranging from the identification of basic neurophysiological
mechanisms to clinical applications following neurological injury.
Opportunities exist to interact in collaborative research with engineering
and neuroscience faculty who specialize in motor control,
neurorehabilitation, motor learning, reflex function, robotics in
rehabilitation, modeling, and systems engineering.

The experiments you could be involved in are progressing over the next 2-3
years. They include:
- Studies of locomotor plasticity and functional recovery using body-weight
supported treadmill training with robotic or manual assistance in
individuals following stroke or spinal cord injury.
- Studies of the effect of specific physical (sensory) or pharmacological
inputs on the motor control locomotor recovery following neurological

Applicants for the post-doctoral positions should have a recent doctoral
degree in neuroscience, biomechanics, biomedical engineering, kinesiology,
or a related discipline. Applications for the research physical therapist
position hsould have a clinical doctoral or masters degree in Physical
Therapy. A record of research in motor control, biomechanics, neuroscience,
or physical therapy is preferred. Laboratory experience with motion
analysis, electromyography and force/torque measurements is useful.

To apply, fax or e-mail a cover letter with a statement of interests, a
resume/curriculum vita, and the names of three individuals whom can be
contacted as references to:
T. George Hornby, PT, PhD
Voice: 312-238-1397
Fax: 312-238-2208
e-mail: g-hornby@northwestern.edu

Sensory Motor Performance Program
The Sensory Motor Performance Program (SMPP) at the Rehabilitation Institute
of Chicago (RIC) is devoted to the study of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular,
and sensory disorders that are associated with abnormal control of posture
and movement. Faculty members have appointments in the Northwestern
University Medical School and the Northwestern University Engineering
School. Approximately thirty-five research staff - including post-doctoral
research associates, graduate students, and support staff -- make up a
unique team of physicians, engineers, mathematicians, physiologists, and
occupational & physical therapists for the study of motor and sensory
dysfunctions. Our studies on healthy individuals, patients and mathematical
models are internationally renowned in the fields of biomechanics,
neurophysiology, and rehabilitation research. See:

RIC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Woman and minority
applicants are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to
work in the United States.

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