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06-28-1994, 10:11 PM
There follows an advertisement for a post at Manchester Metropolitan
University which I am posting to this list on behalf of Prof. Roger
Bartlett, who is not available by email at present.
Interested persons should follow the application instructions in the text.

Andy Lapham

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Crewe+Alsager Faculty
Division of Sport Science

Reader in Biomechanics

Outline of the Post

The successful candidate will be expected to act as the
Biomechanics Research Team Leader. Such a position
carries responsibility for standards and developments
within the Biomechanics Research Team, which comprises
four teaching staff, three dedicated research staff and
currently four full-time research students. The person
would operate within the structure provided by the
Division's Research Strategy which envisages
biomechanics making significant contributions to the
following areas:

i. biomechanical analysis and modelling of sports
motions, and
ii. injuries in sport and exercise

The Reader would be expected to make a significant
contribution to the next Research Assessment Exercise
after 1996 by publishing high quality papers in peer
refereed journals, by facilitating the progression of
postgraduate students toward successful completions and
by generating external income to support research
developments. There is an expectation that the Reader
will further develop links between the Biomechanics
Research Team and the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Sport
and Exercise Science degree. To this end a
contribution to teaching is expected of up to 180 hours
per annum with the brief being to motivate and guide
undergraduate students toward good quality group or
individual research projects.

The Reader will be responsible in the first instance to
the Head of the Division's Research Group, Professor
Roger Bartlett, and subsequently to Professor Les
Burwitz, the Head of the Division of Sport Science.
The Reader will be involved in strategic research
planning within the Division's Research Management
Group. This will require a significant input to
research resource allocation decisions which will be
influenced by ongoing quality assessments. On a day-
to-day basis the Reader will be expected to maintain
the cooperative atmosphere that prevails within the
Biomechanics Research Team and, wherever possible, to
foster the further development of such an approach
throughout the Division.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will possess a PhD and have a
range of postdoctoral research experience which will
have led to publications in peer refereed journals and
successful research grant applications. The person
will have supervised and examined at postgraduate level
and have the personal skills to lead a research team
comprising both experienced and inexperienced
individuals. The person appointed will have well
developed teaching skills and the desire to integrate
biomechanics research with undergraduate teaching. It
is vital that the successful candidate has the ability
to enhance the profile of the University by operating
effectively with other members of staff from different

Interested persons should obtain an application form
and further details of the post(s) from the Personnel
Office, Crewe+Alsager Faculty, The Manchester
Metropolitan University, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 1DU
(Telephone 0270 500661). The closing date for
applications is 26 August 1994. Interviews are likely
to be held mid-September 1994 (possibly 15/16 September
1994) with a view to the posts starting on 1 January
1995 or earlier if possible.

Division of Sport Science and Biomechanics Lab

The Division of Sport Science has an international
reputation in Sport Science. Members of the Division
are actively engaged in fundamental and applied
research into biomechanical, physiological,
psychological and multi-disciplinary aspects of sport
and exercise science and physical education. The
Division's Research and Development Unit provides the
focus for research and development work, the latter
including production of short course and resource
material. It is also responsible for administration
and financial management of research and development
funding which, for 1993-94 exceeded 400,000. The
Division achieved a quality rating of 3 in the recent
Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Higher
Education Funding Council, placing it within the top
six British Universities for research in Sport Science
and Physical Education.

The Biomechanics Laboratory is one of the largest and
best equipped in the UK, with excellent software
support, and including high speed cine cameras, cine
projection and digitising equipment, a four camera 100
Hz ELITE on-line motion analysis system, Kistler force
platform, EMED insole system, MIE 8 Channel EMG and
piezo-electric accelerometers plus a great deal of
video and other supporting equipment. The research
team is located in a separate building, which also
houses Silicon Graphics Indigo 2 and Iris Indy
workstations, used for the team's modelling research,
and running ADAMS and ANSYS software.

In addition to its research activities, the Division
has a taught Master's degree programme in Sport Injury
and Therapy. The BSc Honours degree in Sport Science
has a top quality rating for its teaching, which is
reflected in the experience of students. The Division
also has Bachelor degrees in Physical Education and in
Business, Sport and Recreation. The Alsager campus
provides a very pleasant, semi-rural working
environment in easy reach of major centres of cultural
and recreational activity.