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Michel Ladouceur
03-01-2004, 07:38 AM
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Post-Doctoral Position
Neural Control of Movement and NeuroRehabilitation

The University of Iowa

Description:
A Post-Doctoral Scholar position is available for August
1st 2004 in the
Biodynamics Laboratory, Department of Exercise Science
at the University of
Iowa. The focus of the Biodynamics Laboratory is on the
neural control of walking
as well as the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation for
the restoration of
walking following spinal cord injury or stroke. Current
research projects include
investigations of the motor cortex involvement in the
neural control of obstructed
walking, the mechanisms involved in the long-term effect
of repetitive electrical
stimulation of peripheral nerves on spasticity and strength,
simulation of walking
following a neurological insult. This work combines the
areas of neurophysiology
and biomechanics and includes projects designed to have
clinical impact on the
treatment of walking following spinal cord injury or stroke.
Opportunities exist for
participation in ongoing studies, the development of an
independent line of
research, as well as collaboration with other faculty who
specialize in motor
control, neurorehabilitation, motor learning, and reflex
function. The candidate
will be expected to design and conduct experiments,
analyze data, prepare
manuscripts for publication, and participate at national
level conferences.

The position is presently limited to one year. It may be
extended depending
upon the availability of additional funding. The salary will
be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

Qualifications:
The successful applicant will possess a recent PhD or MD-
PhD degree in motor
control, biomechanics, neurorehabilitation, or a closely-
related field with special
interest in problems associated with human gait.
Experience with motion
analysis systems, electromyography, evoked potentials,
instrumentation,
computer programming and clinical settings are highly
desirable but not essential.
He/she will have excellent interpersonal communication
skills and work habits,
the ability to work independently, be academically
motivated in this area, and
have a willingness to work in a team consisting of other
researchers in neural
control of movement, physical therapists, as well as with
exercise science and
engineering students. Candidates must be motivated and
willing to combine
theoretical and clinical approaches in their studies.

Environment and Facilities: The University of Iowa
(www.uiowa.edu) and the
Biodynamics Laboratory offers opportunities to work with
students and
researchers from many disciplines including Exercise
Science as well as
Biomedical Engineering. The Biodynamics Laboratory
offers access to a
movement analysis system (Optotrak 3020), 16 channels
EMG and footswitches
system (Delsys Bagnoli-16), a Force-Plate (Bertec), 32
channels EEG (Biosemi
Active II), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Magstim
Bistim^2), Cortical and
Peripheral Electrical Stimulation (Digitimer D185-Mk.Iia
and DS7A (3))), and
musculoskeletal modeling software (SIMM, Dynamics
Pipeline, SD/Fast,
Musculoskeletal Modeling in Simulink). Furthermore, an
ankle muscle stretcher
and treadmill for obstructed walking are being developed.

Interested applicants should email Dr. Michel Ladouceur
(michel-
ladouceur@uiowa.edu) a detailed statement of interest,
names and contact
information of two references, and a URL linking to a
current CV and list of
downloadable publications.

The University of Iowa 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.

Application will be accepted until the position is filled.
--
Michel Ladouceur, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Science, University of Iowa
406 Field House
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1111

Tel: 319.335.8271 Fax: 319.335.6966
E-mail: michel-ladouceur@uiowa.edu

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