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08-01-2006, 11:24 PM
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Penn State University
With Dr. Bob Sainburg
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory/Biomechanics Laboratory
Departments of Kinesiology, Neurology, and Bioengineering

Our research program is focused on discerning the neural mechanisms
underlying control of multijoint reaching movements in humans. We currently
employ two primary models to explore the organization of reaching movements:
Motor Lateralization in Healthy Subjects and Motor Disorders. We explore
control mechanisms through both empirical studies and, to a lesser extent,
through the use of simulations. We currently have 4 experimental set-ups
that employ a virtual reality environment designed and programmed by Dr.
Sainburg. One of our systems is interfaced with an MIT MANUS robotic
manipulandum, which allows the application of programmed forces during
movements. All set-ups are equipped with 3-D multiple segment motion
tracking and surface EMG capabilities. We are currently expanding our
projects to explore basic control mechanisms using movement disorders,
including Parkinsonšs Disease and Stroke. We have a laboratory in the
Clinical Neurology Department on our Medical Campus, and have an active
collaboration with Kathleen Haaland at the New Mexico VA, where we have been
examining stroke patients. I have a professional background and strong
interest in medical rehabilitation, and many of our projects have
implications for rehabilitation science.

Our laboratory is currently supported by NIH, and receives partial support
through the Veteranšs Administration and the Pennsylvania State Department
of Health. The current position is supported by an NIH R01 Grant. This
position has a minimum 2 year commitment. Funding is available for up to 4
years. My goal for this position is to prepare the individual for a
competitive career in academic science. Three main objectives are: 1) To
expand and enhance skills in data acquisition and analysis 2) To expand
scientific reporting skills and to publish several high quality articles 3)
To become familiar with the process of scientific grantsmanship and to
develop grant writing skills. The successful applicant will participate
in ongoing experiments and in the development of new projects.

The Penn State Department of Kinesiology houses a world class program in
Biomechanics and Motor Control, and provides an intellectually stimulating
and scientifically fertile environment in which to learn. Several excellent
seminars in Neuroscience, Biomechanics and Motor Control, and Bioengineering
attract prominent scientists from around the globe. We often have
international visiting scientists, and have frequent scientific and social
interactions between and within laboratories. Our laboratory has
interactions and occasional collaborations with the laboratories of Mark
Latash, Dagmar Sternad, David Rosenbaum, Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Steve Piazza,
among many others. We also have a great time in less formal, social
get-togethers to celebrate and discuss science. Overall, this is a very
stimulating environment, which can also be lots of fun.

If you are interested in applying, please send me an email explaining your
interest and background and contact information. My main interest is to find
someone who is highly motivated and loves science. Your strengths can range
from experimental psychology to electrical engineering. We have plenty of
expertise in low-level engineering and programming, as well as experimental
techniques, so you will have the opportunity to develop strength at whatever
level you want. My major criteria, wherever your skills lie, is that you are
motivated, driven, and find science fun and exciting. If this sounds like
you, send me an email.

Bob Sainburg PhD
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory and Biomechanics Laboratory
Pennsylvania State University
29 Recreation Building
University Park PA 16802
Tel.: (814)-865-7938
Fax: (814)-8634755