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04-28-2010, 07:36 AM
Hello all,

I am currently searching for a postdoctoral researcher to work on an
NSF-funded project at UMass Amherst investigating morphological and
energetic factors in the evolution of bipedalism. The successful
candidate will help develop musculoskeletal models and will use computer
simulation and optimization techniques to test questions regarding the
roles of morphological adaptation and energy cost in the origins and
evolution of hominin bipedalism. The early stages of the project will
focus on modeling bipedal locomotion in the chimpanzee, and later stages
will include modeling locomotion in moderns humans and extinct human
ancestors. This project is being pursued in collaboration with
colleagues from the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook
University (New York), where a complementary experimental study is
underway. The position will require occasional travel to the Stony Brook
site (~ 3 hr away). The initial appointment is for two years, with the
possibility of reappointment for an additional two years.

Applicants should have completed a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant
field of study (e.g., biology, engineering, anthropology, kinesiology,
physics, mathematics). Other desirable qualifications include a
background in biomechanics, anatomy, musculoskeletal modeling,
evolutionary theory, and/or physiology. In particular, applicants from
the life sciences will need to have some knowledge of mechanics and
computer programming, while applicants from engineering or the physical
sciences will need to have some background in anatomy, and an interest
in evolutionary biology. Interested parties should contact me directly
via email (umberger@kin.umass.edu) to find out more about the position.

Best regards,

Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to
apply. The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action / Equal
Opportunity Employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its
faculty, student body, and curriculum.

Brian Umberger, Ph.D.
Locomotion Research Group
Department of Kinesiology
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9258, USA
ph: 1.413.545.1436
fx: 1.413.545.2906