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04-20-2010, 03:28 AM
Position Announcement: "Strategic Plan" Graduate Research Assistantship

"HITCH": High Intensity Training of Children with Cerebral Palsy
Offered Jointly between:
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy

We are currently accepting applications for one highly motivated graduate
student seeking a
research assistantship commencing Fall (August) 2010. The identified student
will pursue an M.S.
degree in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences (KIN) and
will work in tandem
with faculty in KIN and the Department Physical Therapy, both in the School
of Allied Health
Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This research assistantship
is supported by
internal funds and includes a 10-month stipend with tuition reimbursement
and is guaranteed for
up to three years. All applicants must first be accepted for admission by
the Graduate School at
UNLV and the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences in full prior
to granting of
funding/award. Specific information about the Graduate Program in KIN can be
found at:

Background and Scope of the Project:
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a complex neuro-developmental disorder affecting
multiple developing
systems of children. Children with CP frequently require resource-intensive
intervention services
from multiple providers (eg, speech pathologists and physical therapists)
for long periods of time
throughout the lifespan. This is done despite a lack of evidence that
providing services in this
traditional model is effective in improving functional mobility outcomes.
Contemporary research
has shown that a novel physical therapy intervention approach which
incorporates particular
movement strategies, leads to improved communication and mobility skills in
people with
Parkinson's Disease. Over a 3-year period, we will test the efficacy and
effectiveness of the motor
portion of this physical therapy intervention relative to changes in
amplitude of gait characteristics
for children with CP.

Duties of the identified graduate student will include solicitation,
coordination and scheduling of
human data collection, consenting of participants and parental consent,
directing and carrying out
human biomechanical data collection, data analysis and presentation
including statistical results.
The ideal successful candidate will possess a dual interest in biomechanics
of human motion as
well as an interest in Physical Therapy interventions and performance and
assessment of such
interventions. It is also anticipated that the successful candidate will
fully contribute and earn
authorship on publications emanating from this research.

Preferred Qualifications:
B.S., B.S.E. or higher in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Exercise
Science, Human
Performance, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Therapy or related
Mechanical/quantitative aptitude as well as computer programming experience
(ie., MatLab)
would be ideal. Ability to interact with a patient population is required.

School of Allied Health Sciences:
The School of Allied Health Sciences is the provider of allied health care
professionals in Nevada
and is committed to the enhancement of the body of knowledge through
research as well as the
engagement of the faculty in service to the university, community and
profession. We accomplish
this objective by weaving together the highest quality educational and
comprehensive clinical
experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, we
share the conviction
of working industriously to extend the boundaries of knowledge through
research, followed by
translating our research results to practical applications which benefit the
health and wellness of
all individuals.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas:
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a research institution committed to
rigorous educational
programs and the highest standards of a liberal education. We produce
accomplished graduates
who are well prepared to enter the work force or to continue their education
in graduate and
professional programs. Our faculty, students, and staff enthusiastically
confront the challenges of
economic and cultural diversification, urban growth, social justice, and
sustainability. Our
commitment to our dynamic region and State of Nevada centrally influences
our research and
educational programs, which improves our local communities. Our commitment
to the national
and international communities ensures that our research and educational
programs engage both
traditional and innovative areas of study and global concerns. UNLV's
distinctive identity and
values permeate a unique institution that brings the best of the world to
our region and, in turn,
produces knowledge to improve the region and world around us.

For further information, please contact:
J.S. Dufek, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 3034
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034
p: 702.895.0702; f: 702.895.1500

J.S. Dufek, Ph.D., FACSM
Dept of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 3034
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034
p 702.895.0702; f 702.895.1500