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Maximillian J Kurz
09-20-2004, 05:44 AM
The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
(http://www.unocoe.unomaha.edu/hper/bio/home.htm) has federal support for a
student to pursue graduate work in studying the dynamics of development of
sitting postural control in infants with cerebral palsy. A description of
the graduate research assistant position is detailed below. Interested
applicants should contact Dr. Nick Stergiou.

Dr. Nicholas Stergiou
Director of the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
Tel. 402-554-2670
Fax. 402-554-3693
E-mail:nstergiou@mail.unomaha.edu

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The graduate research assistant will be hired with
primary responsibilities in subject recruitment, data collection, data
reduction, and data storage. The data collection and reduction procedures
will require technical skills in human movement analysis (such as nonlinear
analysis of time series). The data collection procedures will require
familiarity in handling typically developing infants and with infants with
cerebral palsy. The interested individual will also assist in the running
and troubleshooting of the laboratory equipment, computer programming, data
processing and analysis, and professional writing.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering,
Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy or a
related field. Experience with computer programming (Matlab, MSVB, C++),
biomechanics data collection and professional writing skills.

DEGREES OFFERED: The interested student can pursue the following academic
tracks; MS in Exercise Science (emphasis in Biomechanics), and PhD in
Psychobiology.

STARTING DATE: December 1st 2004 or start of the Spring academic semester.
Assistantships will be contracted for one year and are renewable.

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. 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.