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acarman40
12-18-2008, 12:46 PM
PhD position

There is an opportunity for a PhD scholarship at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand. I would be grateful if you could pass this information on to anybody who maybe interested in applying. The deadline for applications is extremely short at the 9th January 2009.

The scholarship is through University internal funding with applications assessed on academic merit, relevant experience and research proposals.

Due to the extremely short time frame please respond directly to me by email by the 6th January, I will select the most suitable candidate based on academic merit and relevant experience and be in contact to confirm your intensions by the 7th January and put your application forward by the 9th January 2009. Results of the funding round will be known in February 2009.

NOTE: The PhD position is dependent on a successful application.

I have included three potential research topics, two relating to musculoskeletal modelling and one to Cerebral Palsy. Please align your application to one of these that best reflects your research strengths and interests.

The primary supervisor will be Dr Allan Carman, secondary supervisors will be arranged depending on the applicant and topic.

Interested candidates should send a one page letter detailing their research interests, previous experience, and relevant skills, with CV by email to:


Allan Carman, PhD
Centre for Physiotherapy Research
School of Physiotherapy
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

tel.: +64 3 479 3485
fax: +64 3 479 8414
email: allan.carman@otago.ac.nz

Deadline for application: 6th January 2009

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PhD opportunity in biomechanics (computational) - musculoskeletal modelling

Investigating novel methods and techniques as well as accuracy and validity of modelling muscle function.
Particular areas of interest are; 1) Modelling upper limb function in holding, manipulating and grasping tasks, or; 2) Modelling pelvic and lower limb musculoskeletal function in children with Cerebral Palsy.

The general aims and purpose of these PhD projects will be to either:
1- To develop an anatomically accurate musculoskeletal model of the human arm and hand for analysis of human grasping. The goal is to develop predictive models relating in vivo muscle-tendon changes, electromyography and surface shape changes to hand and finger grip and force with application to assistive devices.
2- To investigate the ability of current musculoskeletal models to predict muscle-tendon forces, function and movement abnormalities in walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy. With potential development of novel methods/techniques to address bone abnormalities, muscle contracture, tendon lengthening or transfer. The goal is to be able to describe muscle function in Cerebral Palsy children before and after clinical interventions, such as orthoses, medication or surgery.

Subject to the candidates interests and expertise it is envisaged the PhD project may involve 3D motion analysis (Motion Analysis), inverse rigid body dynamics and modelling muscle-tendon paths and excitation contraction dynamics, Ultrasound, Dynamometry (Biodex), computer programming (Microsoft Visual C++ and DirectX), EMG (Noraxon) and Force Plates (AMTI).

These projects build upon ongoing research into novel methods and techniques for 3D motion analysis and musculoskeletal modelling. Including expanded marker sets for the motion analysis, dynamic muscle-tendon paths and modelling of individual pelvic and leg muscles, excitation and contraction dynamics and optimization of length-tension force velocity relationships, forearm surface shape and muscle belly changes in hand grip tasks, and the development and implementation of a novel AFO for improving the gait in children with Cerebral Palsy.

The successful applicant is expected to hold a BSc degree or MSc degree in biomechanics, mechanical or biomedical engineering, mathematics, medical science, human movement science or an appropriate field.
Additionally, the candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrate initiative, develop creative solutions and desire for excellence.

Experience in mathematical (biomechanical) musculoskeletal modelling and computer programming would be an advantage, as would the use of Biomechanics research equipment (Motion Analysis, EMG, Ultrasound).

The University has a strong research focus and the School has state-of-art biomechanics research facility, a thriving research environment, and strong local and international collaboration.

The PhD Scholarship includes tuition fees and provides a yearly stipend of NZ$25,000 for a maximum of three years subject to a one year review of student progress.

Interested candidates should send a one page letter detailing their research interests, previous experience, and relevant skills, with their CV by email to:

Allan Carman, PhD
Centre for Physiotherapy Research
School of Physiotherapy
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

tel.: +64 3 479 3485
fax: +64 3 479 8414
email: allan.carman@otago.ac.nz

Deadline for application: 6th January 2009
The position is dependent on funding, the outcome of which will be known by the end of February, 2009.

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PhD opportunity in clinical biomechanics biomechanical investigating different ankle foot orthoses (AFO) types on walking performance in children with Cerebral Palsy.

The general aims and purpose of this PhD project would be:
1- To describe and relate different AFO characteristics to changes in gait patterns and muscle function in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Particularly, the changes in walking and stability between a new AFO type and traditional rigid and dynamic AFO types. The purpose is to describe quantitative changes in walking and the mechanism behind these changes and there effect on walking performance and stability.

Subject to the candidates interests and expertise it is envisaged the PhD project may involve 3D motion analysis (Motion Analysis), inverse rigid body dynamics, modelling muscle-tendon paths, Ultrasound, EMG (Noraxon) and Force Plates (AMTI).

These projects build upon ongoing research into novel methods and techniques for 3D motion analysis and musculoskeletal modelling. Including expanded marker sets for the motion analysis, dynamic muscle-tendon paths and modelling of individual pelvic and leg muscles, excitation and contraction dynamics and optimization of length-tension force velocity relationships, and the design and implementation of a novel AFO for improving the gait in children with Cerebral Palsy.

The successful applicant is expected to hold a BSc degree or MSc degree in biomechanics, medical science, human movement science or an appropriate field. Additionally, the candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrate initiative, develop creative solutions and desire for excellence.

Experience in clinical gait assessment, musculoskeletal modelling and knowledge of Cerebral Palsy condition would also be an advantage, as would the use of Biomechanics research equipment (Motion Analysis, EMG, Ultrasound).

The University has a strong research focus and the School has state-of-art biomechanics research facility, a thriving research environment, and strong local and international collaboration.

The PhD Scholarship includes tuition fees and provides a yearly stipend of NZ$25,000 for a maximum of three years subject to a one year review of student progress.

Interested candidates should send a one page letter detailing their research interests, previous experience, and relevant skills, with their CV by email to:

Allan Carman, PhD
Centre for Physiotherapy Research
School of Physiotherapy
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

tel.: +64 3 479 3485
fax: +64 3 479 8414
email: allan.carman@otago.ac.nz

Deadline for application: 6th January 2009
The position is dependent on funding, the outcome of which will be known by the end of February, 2009.