10-08-2008, 12:12 AM
Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA

The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility at the University of Nebraska at
Omaha (http://biomech.unomaha.edu/) has graduate assistantship positions
available to pursue a MS/PhD degree for the Fall of 2009. The Nebraska
Biomechanics Core Facility 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 to efficacy of robotic surgery. Please be aware, the deadline
for application is April 1, 2009.
DEGREES OFFERED: The interested individuals can pursue the MS or PhD
RESPONSIBILITIES: There is a variety of positions available with some
teaching but mostly with research assignments. Duties include subject
recruitment, data collection and reduction for research, laboratory
maintenance, and assist in classes (teaching laboratories and partially
grading) such as graduate Advanced Biomechanics, undergraduate
Biomechanics, and Physiology and Anatomy. Research projects can range from
state and federally funded projects to academic research pursuits.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S. or Ph.D. 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.
SETTING: The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility is located at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha campus that is in the heart of the Omaha
metropolitan area. It is housed in the state of the art Health, Physical
Education and Recreation instructional facility and includes three high
speed motion capture systems (Motion Analysis Co., Motion Engineering, and
Vicon-Peak), multiple force platforms, Delsys wireless EMG systems, two
Biodex dynamometers, a split-belt treadmill (Bertec Co.), a virtual
reality simulation environment, two body weight support systems (LiteGait,
Mobility Research, LLC), an F-scan system (Tekscan, Inc), an instrumented
staircase, an INMOTION2 robot for upper-extremity rehabilitation
(Interactive Motion Technology, Inc.) 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 Omaha 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: For further information, including application forms for
both admission to graduate study and an assistantship contact:

Nick Stergiou, Ph.D. or Joseph Siu, Ph.D.
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0216
Tel. 402-5543247 (Dr. Stergiou) 402-5543773 (Dr. Siu)
Fax. 402-5543693
nstergiou@unomaha.edu (Dr. Stergiou)
ksiu@unomaha.edu (Dr. Siu)