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Maximillian J Kurz
07-28-2004, 01:21 AM
THE HPER BIOMECHANICS LABORATORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA IS
CURRENTLY SEEKING FIVE FULL-TIME GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS. Assistants
will have the choice of selecting either a MS or PhD track. Assistantships
will be contracted for one year and are renewable. Starting date for these
positions is August 16, 2004. The positions will remain open until they
are filled.

The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
(http://www.unocoe.unomaha.edu/hper/bio/home.htm) was established for the
purpose of developing a new understanding of the dynamical aspects of human
movement. The laboratory is a flourishing enterprise where engineers,
scientists and clinicians get together to gain additional insights on
healthy and abnormal gait. The laboratory uses techniques from biology,
engineering and mathematics to understand the complexity of the
neuromuscular system. Current projects in the laboratory include the
development and clinical testing of biomedical devices for the real-time
prognostic and diagnostic assessment of gait pathologies, virtual reality,
nonlinear analysis human movement and robotic surgery.

DUTIES:
Assisting in the running and troubleshooting of the lab equipment, computer
programming, data processing and analysis, and professional writing.
Assistants will be assigned to either work with a robotic surgery team that
is developing and analyzing new biomedical devices for surgery or work with
a clinical research team that is using a patent pending biomedical device
for the real-time analysis of gait pathologies.

DEGREES OFFERED:
The University of Nebraska offers the following academic tracks for PhD and
Master’s students working in the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory: MS in
Exercise Science (emphasis in Biomechanics), PhD or MS in Computer
Engineering, PhD or MS in Biological Systems Engineering, and PhD in
Psychobiology.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
B.S. or M.S. in Engineering, Computer Science or Exercise Science.
Experience with computer programming (Matlab, Labview, MSVB, C++, OpenGL),
robotics, biomechanics data collection and professional writing skills.

SETTING:
The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory is situated on the University of Nebraska
at Omaha campus that is in the heart of the Omaha metropolitan area. The
University is a technology-based environment where the campus is integrated
with high-tech companies that manufacture and develop biomedical
engineering devices. The University campus environment feeds the city’s
booming high-tech business. The laboratory has strong ties with the
clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that is located
less than a mile away from the University campus. This strong relationship
and proximity provides the laboratory with immediate access to patients
with neuromuscular disorders and clinicians in various domains. Omaha is a
dynamic metropolitan area of 700,000 people and has been rated as one of
the best environments for living in the nation. Forbes Magazine recently
named Omaha as one of the top 15 regions in the nation - both economic and
quality of life factors were analyzed. Omaha is also one of the top
"eco-cities" in the nation based on air and water quality, open space and
population stability according to "E" The Environmental Magazine. The Omaha
Henry Doorly Zoo has won numerous awards and is one of the region's most
popular attractions. This world-class zoo sits on 130 acres and is home to
over 600 species and more than 18,600 specimens. Among the numerous
exhibits are the world's largest indoor rainforest, an aquarium complex
that includes a walk-through tunnel, an indoor desert, the second largest
free-flight aviary, a collection of rare white tigers, and the world's
largest captive herds of gaur and Nile Lechwe. Currently, the zoo is in to
process of adding panda bears to its exhibits. The city landscape is a
blend of restored office buildings, boutiques, historic preservation sites,
shopping malls, parks, and running/bike paths. The Old Market area is a
popular destination for residents of Omaha and tourist. This arena features
shopping, art galleries, live entertainment and eclectic restaurants that
are situated along the river. Each June Omaha hosts one of the top National
Collegiate Athletic Association events - the NCAA College World Series.
Fans from across the county come to Omaha to watch the winners of eight
regional tournaments battle for the NCAA men's baseball championship.


Interested applicants should contact Dr. Nick Stergiou or Max Kurz at:

Nick Stergiou, PhD
Laboratory Director
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
School of HPER
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
Tel. 402-554-2670
Fax. 402-554-3693
E-mail. nstergiou@mail.unomaha.edu

Max Kurz, M.S.
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
School of HPER
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
Tel. 402-554-3236
Fax. 402-554-3693
E-mail. mkurz@mail.unomaha.edu