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mdzee95
06-05-2008, 11:02 PM
Post doc Position: Analysis of human movement variability and stability

An appointment as an Experienced Researcher (ER) is available at Center
for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI) Aalborg University, Denmark, within
the framework of the European Marie-Curie Research and Training Network
entitled “3D Anatomical Human”.

Contact:
Assoc. Prof. Michael Voigt
Email: mv@hst.aau.dk
Web: http://www.smi.hst.aau.dk and http://www.hst.aau.dk

Description:
The objective of this network is to increase, by scientific exchange,
the development of new technologies and knowledge around virtual
representations of human body for interactive medical applications. The
network has a specific goal: developing realistic functional
three-dimensional models for the human musculoskeletal system, the
methodology being demonstrated on the lower limb. The main task lead by
is SMI to perform experimental analysis of human movement to support the
development of the models.

A basic understanding of the organization of human movement is a
prerequisite of the development of realistic computer generated animated
models of moving humans. In the later years focus have been on the
inherent pattern of variability and the stability in the movement of
individuals, and it seems that the functional properties of the nervous
system and the musculoskeletal system prescribe some degree of movement
variability, due to inherent electrophysiological properties and
functional optimization for protection of muscles, joints and ligaments
from mechanical wear and tear. However, to achieve a fundamental
understanding of the properties of the so called positive and negative
variability and the related stability of human movement further
investigation is needed.
The purpose of this part of the project is to analyze human movement
coordination with respect to variability, coordination and stability
using non-linear tools, applied dynamic systems theory and other
advanced signal processing and statistical methods. Focus will directed
towards pathological and athletic movements.

The successful candidate will spend time on knowledge transfer at some
other sites of the European partners of this network.

Requirements:
Applicants will have a PhD in biomedical or biomechanical engineering,
or any directly relevant discipline. Good practical laboratory skills in
acquisition and processing of kinematic and kinetic information related
to humans or larger animals. Strong signal processing skills covering
advanced signal processing including non-linear tools and applied
dynamic systems theory and related statistical methods.

Written and spoken English skills are required.

The candidate must preferably be a citizen of the European Union and
must not be an Danish citizen or should not have spend more than 12
months in Denmark for the last 3 years.

We strongly encourage the application of female candidates.

Deadline: August 1, 2008
Start Date: September 1, 2008 if possible
Duration: 12 months

Place:
Center for Sensory Motor Interaction (http://www.smi.hst.aau.dk)
Dept. of Health Science and Technology (http://www.hst.aau.dk)
Aalborg University
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D
9220 Aalborg
Denmark