12-22-2004, 01:42 AM

The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
has graduate assistantship positions available for the Fall of 2005.
Students in the program have a variety of backgrounds including
bioengineering, physical therapy, physical education, biology, exercise
science, and mathematics. The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory 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 movement patterns. The laboratory uses
techniques from biology, engineering and mathematics to understand the
complexity of the neuromuscular system. Research projects in the lab range

from analysis of infant postural development to computer simulations of
walking robots. Students graduating from the program have had employment
opportunities from NASA, orthopedic/gait labs, the high-tech industry,
professional shoe companies, biomedical engineering research centers,
robotics companies, the computer animation/gaming industry, and academic
teaching/research positions.

DEGREES OFFERED: The interested student can pursue the following academic
tracks; MS in Exercise Science (emphasis in Biomechanics), PhD in
Psychobiology (emphasis in Biomechanics and Motor Control), and PhD in
Biomedical Engineering.
RESPONSIBILITIES: There is a variety of positions available with both
teaching and/or research assignments. Duties include subject recruitment,
data collection and reduction for research, laboratory maintenance, and
assist (teaching laboratories and partially grading) in classes such as
graduate Advanced Biomechanics, undergraduate Biomechanics, and Physiology

and Anatomy. Research projects can range from state and federally funded
projects to academic research pursuits.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering,
Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Science, Biology, or related field.
Experience with computer programming (Matlab, MSVB, C++), 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 the 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.
APPLICATIONS: Applications must be received by March 1st, 2005. For
further information, including application forms for both admission to
graduate study and an assistantship contact:

Nick Stergiou, Ph.D. or Max Kurz, M.S.
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0216
tel. 402-5542670
fax. 402-5543693
e-mail: nstergiou@mail.unomaha.edu or mkurz@mail.unomaha.edu