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POSITIONS AVAILABLE FALL 2008
HPER BIOMECHANICS LABORATORY - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA

The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
(http://biomech.unomaha.edu/) has graduate assistantship positions
available to pursue a MS 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, efficacy of robotic surgery to stair negotiation with 3D
handrail forces quantification.

DEGREES OFFERED: The interested individuals can pursue their MS degree.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The position available is for teaching and research.
Duties include assist in classes (teaching laboratories and grading) such
as graduate Advanced Biomechanics, undergraduate Biomechanics, and
Physiology and Anatomy as well as subject recruitment, data collection and
reduction for research, and laboratory maintenance.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S. 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. Also undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended; acceptance
to Graduate College; three letters of recommendation.

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), an
instrumented 4-step stairway embedded with multiple force platforms, an
instrumented force plate treadmill, Delsys wireless EMG systems, two
Biodex dynamometers, a virtual reality simulation environment, two body
weight support systems, 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:
https://ebruno.unomaha.edu/php/admissions/graduate/
http://coe.unomaha.edu/hper/pe/exsc_grad.php

For further information, including application forms for both admission to
graduate study and an assistantship contact:

Shing-Jye Chen, Ph.D.
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0216
Tel. 402-5543246
Fax. 402-5543693
E-mails:
shingjychen@mail.unomaha.edu
http://biomech.unomaha.edu/