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01-04-2008, 09:24 AM

The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
(http://biomech.unomaha.edu/) has graduate assistantship positions
available to pursue a MS/PhD degree for the Fall of 2008. 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 human movement variability.
Research projects in the lab range from analysis of infant postural
development to efficacy of robotic surgery.

DEGREES OFFERED: The interested individuals can pursue the MS or PhD
degrees. Post-doc positions are also available.

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, LabView, 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 three high speed motion capture
systems (Motion Analysis Co., Motion Engineering, and Vicon-Peak),
multiple force platforms, Delsys EMG systems, two Biodex dynamometers, a
virtual reality simulation environment, a body weight support system, an
F-scan system, 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 Veteran Affairs medical Center, the Creighton University
Medical Center, and the Peter Kiewit Institute. These strong relationships
and the close proximity of these facilities provide the laboratory with
immediate access to patients with neuromuscular disorders, clinicians in
various domains, and engineers. 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 Joseph Siu, Ph.D.
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0216
Tel. 402-5543247 (Dr. Stergiou) 402-5543773 (Dr. Siu)
Fax. 402-5543693
nstergiou@mail.unomaha.edu (Dr. Stergiou)
ksiu@mail.unomaha.edu (Dr. Siu)