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tcarroll15
04-02-2008, 10:47 AM
PhD Scholarship in Motor Control.

Expressions of interest are sought for a PhD Scholarship in Motor
Control at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

The research combines concepts and techniques from biomechanics and
neurophysiology to study how rhythmic, multijoint movements are
controlled. The project involves a sophisticated combination of
experimental techniques and simulations including (i) a two- degree of
freedom motorized robot arm to manipulate online the intersegmental
dynamics during human arm movement, (ii) electro-physiological
techniques such as fine wire and surface electromyography (EMG),
transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation (TMS & TES), and
peripheral nerve stimulation, and (iii) state of the art musculoskeletal
modeling and simulation.

The project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Aymar de Rugy,
Dr Tim Carroll, and Dr Stephan Riek, at the Perception and Motor Systems
Laboratory (PMSL), in the School of Human Movement Studies. This group
is dedicated to the understanding of motor control with a special
emphasis on the musculo-skeletal and neurophysiological mechanisms
involved. Further information about the research of this group can be
found here at the MOTOR CONTROL section
http://www.hms.uq.edu.au/research/index.html

A brief description of the experimental apparatus and the possible
manipulation of intersegmental dynamics it provides can be found in the
following publication:
http://www.uq.edu.au/~uqagoull/reprints/de_Rugy_etal_EBR_2006.pdf

The project also includes model and simulations of the musculoskeletal
system in collaboration with Dr Rahman Davoodi and his Musculoskeletal
Modeling and Control Group (University of Southern California, USA):
http://ami.usc.edu/projects/bion/musculoskeletal/

Essential Criteria: The successful applicant will have an honours or
masters degree in exercise science, physiology, neuroscience,
engineering or related discipline, and a strong background in human
motor control, neurophysiology, or biomechanics. Excellent written and
verbal communication skills are essential.

Desirable Criteria: Prior experience with electromyography and
peripheral or transcranial stimulation. Capacity for software
development in the Matlab and Labview environments. Experience in signal
processing.

Salary: The Scholarship covers fees and carries a standard annual
stipend of $20,000 AUD (tax exempt).

Preferred starting date: July 2008

Duration of positions: funding is available for up to 3 years, with a
possibility of further extension.

Application: Please send expressions of interest (and a CV) by April
25th via e-mail to:
Dr Tim Carroll (timothy.carroll@uq.edu.au) or Dr Aymar de Rugy
(aymar@hms.uq.edu.au)