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05-29-2008, 10:12 AM
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin



A postdoctoral research fellowship is available in the Neuromuscular
Biomechanics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. We are searching for
an outstanding, energetic individual in the area of musculoskeletal modeling
and simulation of human movement to study post-stroke hemiparetic gait and
the effectiveness of intervention protocols. The project is a NIH R01
collaborative grant with Dr. Steve Kautz at the University of Florida and
the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (VA BRRC). Our primary goal for
this position is to prepare the individual for a competitive career in an
academic or industrial research setting. Our main goals are for the
individual to: 1) be exposed to a state-of-the-art clinical facility and a
clinical perspective on important neural control questions, 2) become
skilled at the use of powerful experimental and computational tools to
analyze various aspects of human movement, 3) further develop scientific
publishing skills by authoring and co-authoring high quality journal
articles, 4) have the opportunity to participate in a number of ongoing
research projects in hemiparetic gait, 5) develop peer networks and
presentation skills by participating in a number of national and
international conferences, and 6) encourage and stimulate the individual's
own research interests and grant writing skills to support that work. This
position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop a research career
leading an interdisciplinary clinical and engineering research team. The
UF/VA BRRC team contains a number of clinician researchers involved in basic
motor control research in hemiparetic populations as well as clinical trials
of stroke rehabilitation interventions. The UT Austin team consists of a
number of engineering graduate students and post-docs using state-of-the-art
modeling and simulation techniques to study various aspects of human
movement. Thus, the post-doctoral researcher is afforded the opportunity to
gain clinical research experience in addition to strong computational
biomechanics skills. As a result, the individual will be well positioned for
a research career that fits well within the vision of the "Research Teams
for the Future" as outlined in the NIH roadmap for medical research
http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/.



The ideal candidate should be able to perform independent research, have a
background in computational modeling and simulation, excellent verbal and
written communication skills, and work well in a team setting. A Ph.D. in
biomechanics, biomedical engineering or mechanical engineering is preferred.
The position has a minimum 2 year commitment with a flexible starting date.



U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Cockrell School of Engineering at
The University of Texas at Austin fifth among all public institutions in the
US. Austin is the state capital of Texas and the gateway to the beautiful
Texas Hill Country with a number of lakes and recreational activities in the
Austin area. Austin is also known as the Live Music Capital of the World
with nearly 200 live music venues and home of the South by Southwest Film
Festival. A number of rankings have listed Austin as one of the best cities
in the US to live.



Applicants should send a letter containing a statement of interest,
curriculum vitae, copies of one or two representative publications and
complete contact information for three references to Dr. Rick Neptune,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1
University Station (C2200), Austin, TX 78712-0292 or preferably via
electronic mail to rneptune@mail.utexas.edu. Review of applicants will
begin immediately.



The University of Texas is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Employer.





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Richard R. Neptune, Ph.D.

George and Dawn L. Coleman Centennial Fellow in Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

1 University Station (C2200)

Austin, TX 78712-0292

Tel: (512) 471-0848

Fax: (512) 471-8727

Email: rneptune@mail.utexas.edu

Webpage: http://www.me.utexas.edu/~neptune/