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05-25-2010, 10:43 AM
Seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for a project entitled:
"The effects of normal and impaired cognitive function on stair descent mobility for older adults"

This is to announce the opening for a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project addressing combined cognitive and biomechanical factors of mobility in normal and abnormal aging. This position of at least one year is available immediately, but the starting date may be extended to fall 2010.
This project is funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and co-investigated by Dr. Brad McFadyen (expert in the adaptation of locomotion for the environment) and Dr. Sophie Blanchet (expert in cognitive functions in normal and pathological aging). The project is also part of a collaboration with Drs. Maganaris and Baltzopoulos of Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. The post-doctoral fellow will study factors of planning and visual attention during the transition and steady state periods of stair descent by using multi-tasking protocols. The specific objectives for this study of stair descent mobility are to understand general aging effects, the affective issues related to fear of falling, as well as the role of cognitive decline due to mild cognitive impairment.
The study is funded for three years and we are presently looking for a post-doctoral fellow for at least the first year, with an option to extend. The work will be carried out at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS), housed within the Quebec Rehabilitation Institute (QRI). The QRI is a rehabilitation hospital servicing the Quebec region. The CIRRIS offers exceptional infrastructure including a large motor analysis laboratory (111 m2 with a 3.3 m ceiling) equipped with an Optotrak system and state of the art stairs instrumented for force measurement within the steps and hand railings. Both the CIRRIS and QRI are directly affiliated with Laval University.
Historic Quebec City (founded in 1608) is nestled on the St. Lawrence River and enjoyed year round by tourists for its many summer and winter activities as well as its French culture and architecture. It offers a high quality of life with a relatively low cost of living. The CIRRIS is bilingual and the team works equally in both English and French.
Salary is CND$37,000 - $40,000 depending on qualifications.
Interested candidates should send a recent CV, names and contact information for three references, as well as a one page letter explaining their interests in the project and what they feel they can bring to it. These documents, as well as any inquiries, can be sent electronically to brad.mcfadyen@rea.ulaval.ca. Telephone inquiries can also be directed to Dr. McFadyen at 418-529-9141 x 6584.