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01-29-2004, 05:55 AM
Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Neural Control of Movement

A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the Neural Control of Movement
Laboratory, Center for Locomotion Studies (CELOS) at Penn State University
under the direction of Dr. Robert Sainburg. This position is funded by NIH,
through a grant that focuses on the neural foundations of motor
lateralization. The purpose of the research is to examine interlimb
differences in multijoint coordination and control of limb dynamics during
upper limb reaching movements. Studies are conducted in neurologically
intact subjects, as well as, patients with unilateral brain damage due to
stroke. Stroke subjects are studied both at Penn State and through a
collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Haaland at the University of New Mexico,
which is funded by a VA Merritt Award.

The neural control of movement laboratory houses custom developed
experimental set-ups that have been designed and programmed by Dr. SainburgThese include two set-ups that allow 3-D kinematic and EMG recordings during
simultaneous experimental control through a virtual-reality computer game
interface. These set-ups support both arm and leg reaching studies through
air-sled style limb support systems. One of these set-ups includes a 6DOF
force-torque transducer and robot arm to apply programmable forces to the
limb during movements. CELOS also provides an extensive biomechanics
laboratory in which to conduct 3-D kinematic recordings, EMG recordings,
force plate recordings, and includes instrumented treadmills and stairs. The
successful candidate will also be expected to travel to New Mexico on an
occasional basis (a few times a year) to support an ongoing collaboration
with Dr. Haalandšs laboratory. We are currently developing an experimental
set-up in the VA hospital to support studies in patients with stroke.

The Neural Control of Movement lab is housed within CELOS and Penn Statešs
Kinesiology department. This provides a fertile and stimulating environment
in which to further develop onešs research career and objectives. Dr.
Sainburg serves on the Neuroscience and Bioengineering Faculties in addition
to Kinesiology. Graduate students in this laboratory currently have
affiliations in each of these departments. This laboratory also has strong
collaborations with the program in Physiology and the department of
Psychology. The intellectual atmosphere at Penn State is incredible for
conducting motor control and biomechanics research. Renowned faculty in this
area include Dr. Mark Latash, Dr. Dagmar Sternad, Dr. Karl Newell, Dr. Sam
Sloubanov, Dr. Vladmir Zatsiorski, Dr. Stephen Piazza, Dr. Neil Sharkey, DrDavid Rosenbaum, Dr. Phillip Martin, Dr. John Challis, Dr. Toby Mordkoff,
and others. In addition to many informal interactions, these faculty host a
number of seminar series, journal clubs, and seminar courses that serve to
provide a cohesive and stimulating environment. The most integrative of
these is the Action Club, in which esteemed researchers from around the
globe are invited every semester to present their research in a
multidisciplinary atmosphere. More information is available at the website
listed below.

Potential candidates should have strong quantitative and experimental skills
as well as expertise in one or more of the following areas: neuroscience,
kinesiology, robotics, biomechanics, bioengineering, and/or the neural
control of movement. It is advantageous to have experience with programming
in any language/or environment, including any of the following: Matlab,
Visual basic, Igor Pro, Labview, Visual Basic, C, C++ etc. The position is
available for two years with possibilities for renewal provided that
adequate progress is made. The nominal start date is April 1, 2004.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae and three
references as soon as possible. Applications should be sent to:

Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering
Center For Locomotion Studies (CELOS)
Pennsylvania State University
29 Recreation Building
University Park PA 16802
Tel.: (814)-865-7938

Electronic transmissions are preferred.

The Pennsylvania State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are
strongly encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the
United States.

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