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10-23-2006, 03:13 AM

The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
(http://www.unocoe.unomaha.edu/hper/biomec/home.php) has graduate
assistantship positions available to pursue a MS/PhD degree for the Fall
of 2007.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 efficacy of robotic surgery. Please be
aware, the deadline for application to Graduate Studies Programs and for
our Assistantships is July 1st.

DEGREES OFFERED: The interested individuals can pursue the following
academic tracks; MS in Exercise Science (emphasis in Biomechanics), PhD in
Psychobiology, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and PhD in Surgery or
Pediatrics (emphasis in Biomechanics). Post-doc positions are also

RESPONSIBILITIES: There is a variety of positions available with some
teaching but mostly with research assignments. Duties include subject
recruitment, data collection and reduction for research, laboratory
maintenance, and assist in classes (teaching laboratories and partially
grading) 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. or Ph.D. in Motor Control,
Psychology, Exercise Science, Biology, Biomechanics, Biomedical
Engineering or related field. Experiences with computer programming
(MatLab, MSVB, C++), biomechanics data collection and professional writing
skills are preferred.

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 Biomechanics Laboratory is a large space 110 by 70 feet with a
20 foot high ceiling. It is housed in the state of the art HPER
instructional facility which includes two high speed motion capture
systems (Motion Analysis Co. and Vicon-Peak), a Kistler force plate,
Delsys EMG systems, two Biodex dynamometers, a virtual reality simulation
environment, a body weight support system, two treadmills and numerous
networking computers. We also have an entire data collection station with
a virtual reality environment in our Medical Center specifically dedicated
to Robotic Surgery. Our laboratory has strong ties with clinicians from
the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Creighton University
Medical Center, and the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. These strong
relationships and the close proximity of these facilities provide 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 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 tourists. This neighborhood
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 country come to Omaha to watch
the winners of eight regional tournaments battle for the NCAA men's
baseball championship.

APPLICATIONS: For further information, including application forms for
both admission to graduate study and an assistantship contact:

Nick Stergiou, Ph.D. or Shin-Jye Chen, Ph.D., or Joseph Siu, Ph.D. or Lisa
Holst, B.G.S.
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0216
Tel. 402-5542670
Fax. 402-5543693
E-mail: lholst@mail.unomaha.edu