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11-26-2007, 06:57 AM

This position description is that of a Post-doctoral located in the
Physical Disabilities Branch, collaboration between the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Clinical
Research Center of the National Institutes of Health, within the
Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health
(Bethesda, Maryland)


The successful candidate will join the Virtual Functional Anatomy (VFA)
Initiative's interdisciplinary team, consisting of engineers,
radiologist, MRI specialist, orthopeadic surgeons, clinicians, physical
therapist and statisticians, that is pursuing the development of
innovative tools for the non-invasive measurement of in vivo
musculoskeletal dynamics. The ultimate goal of the VFA Initiative is to
characterize, non-invasively and in vivo, the musculoskeletal system at
the component level (joint anatomy and tissue dynamics) during
functional movements in order to fill the important knowledge gap that
exists in the relationship between functional movement limitations and
impaired joint structure or function. This is being accomplished by
developing a set of interdisciplinary tools that will allow the accurate
and precise measurement of three-dimensional static and dynamic
musculoskeletal anatomy (i.e., bone shape, skeletal kinematics, tendon
and ligament strain, tendon moment arms, muscle force, and joint space).

The Post-doctoral candidate must be highly motivated with excellent
research, analytical and writing skills. The person filling this
position will provide high quality scientific, technical research
expertise to the team for ongoing projects and will be expected to work
towards developing an independent research initiative based on
collaborations with the Rehabilitation Medicine Department, the National
Institutes of Health and external collaborators. Image analysis,
musculoskeletal modeling and human movement analysis will be the key
focuses of this position. This opportunity will provide access to
advanced technology involving biomedical/biomechanical engineering,
imaging technologies and all aspects of a highly productive
rehabilitation research program. In addition, numerous collaboration and
training opportunities are available through the wider NIH community.

Technical Requirements

This position requires a minimum of a PhD degree from an accredited
university in engineering, physics or the sciences. Knowledge of
mechanical engineering principles and biomechanics methodologies is
essential. Working knowledge and/or experience with MR imaging
techniques would be beneficial, but not essential.

Duties and Responsibilities

a. Effectively contribute to ongoing research projects

b. Develop a unique research focus that compliments the ongoing

c. Develop internal and external collaborations in support of
research initiatives

d. Participate in research and patient care related training

e. Present and publish pertinent scientific finding to the
national and international scientific communities

f. Conduct experiments with appropriate methodology, collect and
analyze data carefully, and maintain well-organized records and research

g. Develop and implement instructional materials for effectively
training students, interns, fellows, and visiting scientists on correct
state-of-the-art methodology for analyzing human movement.

Skill or Knowledge Required

a. A proven high level of organizational and communication, both
written and oral, skills, with a track record of both conference
presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles.
b. Demonstrated ability to work with others and provide training
opportunities at various levels.
c. Demonstrated ability to conduct the administrative tasks
necessary to create and maintain research data files in compliance with
scientific and patient confidentiality standards.
d. Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming (C++ and
e. Ability to conduct independent research and to form
collaborations with a multi-disciplinary team.

Applicants should send CV, a statement of research interests, a summary
of past research experience and a list of at least four references to:

Dr. Frances T. Sheehan.

Physical Disabilities Branch

CRC Rm. 1-1469 | 10 Center Drive MSC 1604

Bethesda, Md. 20892-1604

Application material can also be electronically submitted to
gavellif@cc.nih.gov. Review of applications will begin immediately and
will continue until the position is filled.

Frances T (Sheehan) Gavelli

Principle Investigator / Research Engineer

National Institutes of Health

Physical Disabilities Branch*

Bldg 10 CRC, Rm 1-1469

10 Center Drive MSC 1604

Bethesda, MD 20892-1604

Phone: (301) 451-7585

Fax: (301) 451-7536


* A collaboration between the National Institute

of Child Health and Human Development and

the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, NIH