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08-25-2009, 10:51 AM
*Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics
Degree Programs in Biomedical Engineering and Integrative Biology*

*Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Director (mcnitt@usc.edu)*

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,
individuals with spinal cord injury, extinct hyenas, T-Rex) in
ecologically valid contexts (e.g. Olympic competition, workplace, home,
research lab, geologically relevant environments).

Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
Laboratory includes: force plates (6, Kistler, Bertec), telemetered
electromyography (16 channels, Konigsberg), 3D motion capture analysis
software, high speed digital video cameras (5) of movement involving
impact, high end multiprocessor computers for graphics, simulation,
finite element, and modeling applications (ADAMS, Mechanical Dynamics,
mimics), and multimedia teaching lab (24, NT). Active collaborative
relationships with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center,
Westwood VA Hospital, Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles County
Natural History Museum, USC athletic teams and US National Governing
Bodies of Sport.

Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants
with good communication and teamwork skills with an interest in
identifying 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.

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).

*Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D. *
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 )