04-09-2003, 06:33 AM

A research physical therapist position has recently become available in the
Reflex, Movement and Spasticity Laboratory of W. Zev Rymer, MD, and Ph.D.,
at the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of
Chicago. The successful candidates will participate in extramurally funded
research that examines the development of mechanical abnormalities
associated with spasticity throughout the recovery process following stroke.
The studies will use advanced engineering techniques, and examine the
association between the mechanical abnormalities and impaired voluntary
movement. The results of this study may advance our general understanding of
spastic paresis in patients with stroke, and will help provide information
for understanding the origins of neurological impairment in brain injury.

Opportunities exist to interact in collaborative research with engineering
and neuroscience faculty who specialize in motor control, reflex function,
neurorehabilitation, motor learning, robotics in rehabilitation, modeling,
and systems engineering.

The experiments you could be involved in are progressing over the next 2-3
years. These include:
- Studies of national history of muscular & reflex changes in stroke
- Studies of the association of abnormal joint stiffness with impaired
voluntary movement

Applications should have a clinical doctorate or masters degree in Physical
Therapy. A record of research in motor control, biomechanics, neuroscience,
or physical therapy is welcomed. Laboratory experience with force/torque
measurements, electromyography, and motion analysis 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:

Mehdi Mirbagheri, Ph.D.
Voice: 312-908-7953
Fax: 312-238-2208
e-mail: mehdi@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 45 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 dysfunction. 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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