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01-27-2008, 07:54 AM
Postdoctoral Researchers in Developmental Motor Control

University of Michigan, Division of Kinesiology

Principal Investigator: Beverly Ulrich

Co-Investigators: Bernard Martin, Engineering, University of Michigan

Vickie Moerchen, Physical Therapy, University of

Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Position Description: We are currently seeking two Postdoctoral
Researchers to join our NIH-funded studies of the sensorimotor
development of infants born with spina bifida (SB). The overarching goal
of this project is to create a foundation of basic information about the
intrinsic sensorimotor capacities of infants with SB across the first
year of postnatal life and their responsiveness to various forms of
enhanced sensory input. We anticipate these results will become the
basis for designing clinical trials of the impact of treadmill
intervention protocols on the development of neuromotor control and

We are using a body-weight supported treadmill stepping
elicitation design to examine the capacity for infants with SB to
produce steps over time, assessing both their kinematic and kinetic
(EMG) behavior. We are testing the impact of multiple variations in the
sensory input during treadmill stepping. We are also testing the use of
vibration stimulation as a tool to determine the integrity of individual
neuromotor pathways and as a possible tool for eliciting stepping

We have two funding mechanisms available for these postdocs,
our NIH RO1 and a USDE doctoral and postdoctoral training grant.
Applicants for funding via the training grant must have a background in
physical therapy or adaptive physical activity and be a U.S. citizen;
these criteria do not apply for applicants funded by the NIH grant. In
either case applicants should have a background in dynamic
systems/complex systems, and an interest in working with infants and
children born with developmental disabilities. They should have
experience with motion capture and EMG systems, programming skills
(Matlab, LabVIEW, C++), and have a Ph.D. in biomechanics, motor control,
psychology, physical therapy, or a related discipline.

Responsibilities: Devote 100% time to this project, assist in the
recruitment of participants (through the U of M hospital and regional
hospitals), co-lead the data collection team, help maintain the accuracy
and integrity of technical equipment, coordinate data processing and
management (including programming), present results of the research at
conferences and contribute to publications.

Applicants: Start date open, August 2008 to January 2009. Send cover
letter, curriculum vita, and the contact information for three
references to:

Bev Ulrich, Ph.D. Email:

1402 Washington Heights Phone:

Division of Kinesiology

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013