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06-13-2006, 09:12 PM
Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship at the University
of Bath (starting October 2006).

In vivo assessment of human muscle dynamics

Supervisor: Dr Polly McGuigan
Sport and Exercise Science, School for Health

Recent developments in ultrasound measurement techniques have allowed the
quantification of muscle fascicle length and pennation angle during dynamic
activities. Used in conjunction with other biomechanical assessment
techniques such as EMG, forceplate and kinematic analysis, this allows a
more complete assessment of the muscle dynamics of human movements than has
previously been possible without the use of invasive techniques. This
studentship will investigate a range of different human movements in
healthy and fatigued or diseased individuals with a view to developing a
better understanding of the ways in which fatigue and disease affect normal
locomotor function and human ability to perform different locomotor

The successful candidate should have at least a good Honours degree or an
equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline (including biology,
engineering and sport and exercise science), have enthusiasm for the field
of study and be willing to develop new skills. Previous experience in
biomechanical assessment techniques would be an advantage but is not a
necessity. The student will register for a research degree with the School
for Health and will conduct their research in the laboratories of the Sport
and Exercise Science group.

The successful candidate will be supported for 3 years, subject to standard
University terms and conditions which can be found at:
http://www.bath.ac.uk/prospectus/postgrad/. The studentship is available to
nationals of any European Union country.

Applicants should outline their motivation for research and their early
thoughts on this particular research area in their application. The closing
date for the receipt of applications is 14th July 2006.

Application forms can be obtained from:
The Graduate Office
University of Bath

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Polly McGuigan
(m.p.mcguigan@bath.ac.uk) Tel: 00 44 (0)1225 383541.

M.Polly McGuigan BSc PhD
Sport and Exercise Science
School for Health
University of Bath
Tel: 01225 383541
Email: m.p.mcguigan@bath.ac.uk