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12-20-2003, 10:00 PM
Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics

Biomechanics Research Laboratory
Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Lab Director
Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

The research conducted in the USC Biomechanics Research Lab focuses on the
mechanisms humans use to generate and control momentum during multijoint
movements. We integrate experimentation and modeling techniques to study
control and dynamics
during multijoint motion (e.g. elite male and female athletes, musicians,
technicians, older adults) in realistic contexts (e.g. US Olympic Training
Camps, Olympic Games, workplace, or research lab).

Highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree
in the Biomechanics Research Lab at the University of Southern California
have two Ph.D. degree options:
Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering
Doctoral Program in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology

Integrative and Evolutionary Biology (IEB) Track in Biological Sciences is
highly inter-disciplinary program that targets emerging areas at the
interface of genomics, evolution, biomechanics, and physiology. The IEB
program brings together scientists who are expert in analyzing reduced
levels of organization (such as genes and molecules) with scientists who
have expertise in addressing higher-order complex questions (pertaining to
whole organisms and systems of organisms). The IEB program incorporates
faculty from different schools and departments with research interests in
evolution, genetics, computational biology, biomechanics, physiology,
metabolism, neuroscience, and molecular biology.

Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
Laboratory includes: force plates (4, Kistler, Bertec), telemetered
electromyography (16 channels, Konigsberg), motion analysis software (3D,
Peak Performance), high speed digital video cameras (3) for 3D kinematics
of movement involving impact, high end multiprocessor computers for
graphics, simulation, and modeling applications (ADAMS, Mechanical
Dynamics), and multimedia teaching lab (24, NT).

Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants with
good communication and teamwork skills with an interest in mechanics,
neuromuscular control, and dynamic modeling. Courses often taken by
doctoral students in biomechanics are offered within and outside the
department in areas like biomedical engineering, computer science, physical
therapy, mechanical engineering, and statistics. Doctoral students in
biomechanics may apply to become Teaching or Research Assistants and will
receive stipends, health benefits, and tuition remission as part of their
assistantships or fellowships.

Los Angeles, California is a diverse and exciting place to live. The beach,
mountains, and international culture provide a rich background for your
development as a person and scientist. If you are interested in learning
more about our program, please contact me directly.

Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Director
Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652, USA
Phone: 213-740-7902 or by email (mcnitt@usc.edu).

Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Research Laboratory
3560 Watt Way PED 107
Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences
Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, Director
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
Office: 213-740-7902, Lab: 213-740-7903
FAX 213-740-7909

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