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12-12-2004, 04:12 PM
Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics

Biomechanics Research Laboratory
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

Highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree
in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Southern
are invited to apply.

Our research focuses on the mechanisms humans use to generate
and control momentum during goal-directed multijoint movements. We integrate
experimentation and modeling techniques to study control and dynamics
during multijoint motion performed by skilled subjects (e.g. elite male and
female athletes, musicians, technicians) in realistic contexts (e.g. US
Olympic Training Camps, Olympic Games, workplace, or research lab).

Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
Laboratory includes: force plates (4, Kistler, Bertec), telemetered
electromyography (16 channels, Konigsberg), motion analysis software (3D,
Peak Performance), high speed digital video cameras (3) for 3D kinematics
of movement involving impact, high end multiprocessor computers for
graphics, simulation, and modeling applications (ADAMS, Mechanical
Dynamics), and multimedia teaching lab (24, NT).

Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants with
good communication and teamwork skills with an interest in mechanics,
neuromuscular control, and dynamic modeling. Courses often taken by
doctoral students in biomechanics are offered within and outside the
department in areas like biomedical engineering, computer science, physical
therapy, mechanical engineering, and statistics. Doctoral students in
biomechanics may apply to become Teaching or Research Assistants and will
receive stipends, health benefits, and tuition remission as part of their
assistantships or fellowships.

Los Angeles, California is a diverse and exciting place to live. The beach,
mountains, and international culture provide a rich background for your
development as a person and scientist.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact me
directly (mcnitt@usc.edu). Students have two primary Ph.D. degree options
through interdisciplinary doctoral programs in Biomedical Engineering or in
Biological Sciences.

Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Director
Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652, USA
Phone: 213-740-7902 or by email (mcnitt@usc.edu).

Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Research Lab
Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences
Director, Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Program
3560 Watt Way, PED 107
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
Office: 213-740-7902
Lab: 213-740-7903
FAX 213-740-7909

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