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02-20-2008, 06:32 PM
Dear All

We are pleased to announce a postdoctoral position in the Locomotor Ecology and Biomechanics lab at the University of Birmingham, as detailed below.

Research Fellow investigating the mechanics of ape locomotion on flexible branches

Applications are invited for an NERC-supported Research Fellow position to study the mechanical interaction between arboreal bipedality and flexible branches in apes (including humans) to establish whether this behaviour could have been pre-adaptive for the adoption of habitual bipedality by early hominins. This post will include design of a portable compliant branch system and lab, zoo and computer simulation studies of the biomechanics, muscle-activity patterns and muscle-tendon-unit behaviour of human and orangutan bipedalism.

You should have a PhD and proven experience in engineering, biomechanics and/or computer modelling with an interest in biology/physical anthropology. Experience with kinematic, kinetic, EMG, ultrasound, O2 consumption and ADAMS/LifeMod and/or ABACUS computer modelling techniques is also desirable. Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate skills in a number of these areas.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Susannah Thorpe: s.k.thorpe@bham.ac.uk.

Maximum starting salary 25,134 a year, in the range of 25,134 - 32,796 a year (potential progression on performance once in post to 34,813 a year). This position is available from April 2008 for a period of 33 months

Closing date: 21st March Reference: H46205

Interviews will be held in early April

Details from ' +44 121 415 9000 or www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs

HR, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

A University of Fairness and Diversity

Dr. Susannah K.S. Thorpe
Lecturer in Locomotor Ecology and Biomechanics

School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5040
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 5925
email: S.K.Thorpe@bham.ac.uk