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03-10-2009, 06:53 AM
*Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics and Integrative Biology*

*USC *Biomechanics Research Laboratory
University Park Campus
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

Highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a doctoral
degree
in the /Biomechanics Research Laboratory/ at the University of Southern
California
are invited to apply.

Our research focuses on the mechanisms organisms use to generate
and control momentum during functional movements. We integrate
experimentation and modeling techniques to study control and dynamics
of whole body or task oriented movements
(e.g. elite athletes, musicians, jaw mechanics of extinct hyenas, T-Rex
locomotion)
in ecologically valid contexts
(e.g. Olympic Games, workplace, research lab, millions of years ago ).

Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
Laboratory includes: force plates (4, Kistler, Bertec), telemetered
electromyography (16 channels, Konigsberg), motion capture and analysis
software (3D)
high speed digital video cameras (3) for 3D kinematics
of movement involving impact, high end multiprocessor computers for
graphics, simulation, and modeling applications (ADAMS, Mechanical
Dynamics), and multimedia teaching lab (24, NT).

Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants with
good communication and teamwork skills with an interest indentifying how
organisms
interact with their environment by using mechanics, neuromuscular
control, and dynamic modeling.
Courses often taken by doctoral students in biomechanics are offered
within and
outside the department in areas like biomedical engineering, integrative
biology,
computer science, physical therapy, mechanical engineering, and statistics.
Doctoral students in may apply to become Teaching or Research Assistants
and will receive stipends, health benefits, and tuition remission as
part of their
assistantships or fellowships. Fellowships for field work and conference
travel
are also offered by The College, funds permitting.

Los Angeles, California is a diverse and exciting place to live.
The beach, mountains, and international culture provide a rich background
for your development as a person and scientist.

If you are interested in learning more about our program,
please contact me directly (mcnitt@usc.edu ) and
send a personal statement, unofficial transcript, and three letters of
recommendation.
Please apply before March 25, 2009, or sooner. Thanks



*Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D. *

*Professor*
Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Director
Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652, USA
Phone: 213-740-7902 or by email (mcnitt@usc.edu).