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dvcarmines60
06-17-2004, 01:00 AM
Assistant Professor of Research
Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Virginia


The University of Virginia Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory is seeking an assistant professor of research in a tenure track to focus on quantitative characterization of gait and mobility in patients with cerebral palsy and other movement abnormalities. The laboratory is equipped with both video (3-D) and electromagnetic (6-D) motion systems, two piezo-electric force plates, 16-channel of telemetered EMG system, an isokinetic dynamometer, and various kinetic and kinematic sensors. The greatest asset of our laboratory includes an inter-disciplinary staff of motivated and productive researchers, therapists, students and administrators.

A major focus of the laboratory is the study of motor control in spinal mechanics and musculoskeletal stability. Previous or ongoing projects have studied changes in patients with cerebral palsy undergoing clinical interventions such as muscle-tendon surgery, sectioning of dorsal nerve rootlets (selective rhizotomy), ankle bracing, and therapeutic exercise programs. Other research includes quantification of spinal dynamics from scoliosis patients, development of 'smart' walkers and braces as well as biomechanical models of dynamic motion. Currently, a major focus has been to determine the kinematic determinants of body center of mass displacement under pathologic conditions and to relate displacement to oxygen expenditure. Further research in these areas is necessary to understand control of stability and the extent pathology or injury influence motor control.

The Research scientist will work with subjects and patients, measure in-vivo muscle behavior and motor control, quantify mechanical performance and contribute to computational models of movement and function. We seek a Ph.D. in musculoskeletal biomechanics, mechanical engineering, or controls theory with biomedical background. The individual will work with the laboratory directors, help to direct graduate student research, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and federal grant proposals. Project directors include Drs. Mark F. Abel M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Pediatrics and Dr. Paul Allaire, Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering.

The University of Virginia is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge piedmont of central Virginia. The university and surrounding community was founded by Thomas Jefferson and boasts extraordinary historical, political, and cultural opportunities. Charlottesville has been rated among the top cities in America with easy access to major metropolitan areas including Washington DC, Richmond, Norfolk and Baltimore, as well as immediate access to the state and national parks and ocean beaches.

Please reference the Musloskeletal Biomechanics Assistant Professor of Research. Send a resume and list of three references to:

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D.
University Professor and Chair
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 800159
Charlottesville, VA 22908

The University of Virginia is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from minorities and women are welcome.


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