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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 several positions available to
pursue an MS/PhD degree for the Fall of 2010. 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
to Graduate Studies Programs for the fall semester is April 1st for
international students and June 1st for US applicants.
DEGREES OFFERED: The two degrees offered are MS and PhD.
RESPONSIBILITIES: There is a variety of graduate assistantship positions
available for research assignments. Duties include subject recruitment,
data collection and processing for research and laboratory maintenance.
Research projects can range from state and federally funded projects to
academic research pursuits.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A B.S. or M.S. 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
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 four high
speed motion capture systems (Motion Analysis Co., Motion Engineering,
Vicon-Peak and Northern Digital), 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 – after analyzing both economic and quality of life factors. 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, please contact:

Nick Stergiou, Ph.D.
Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0216
Tel. 402-5543247
Fax. 402-5543693
E-mails: nstergiou@unomaha.edu
Website: http://biomech.unomaha.edu/