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jmihalik46
01-31-2011, 11:42 AM
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sports Medicine program within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in conjunction with the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center is currently seeking a doctoral level graduate research assistant to coordinate and conduct funded clinical and applied neurotrauma research related to youth and collegiate athletic brain injuries. The assistantship will include research/teaching mentorship, research and teaching experience, and financial assistance for individuals entering the Human Movement Science Program PhD program housed within the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine. The Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine offers an interdisciplinary program of study in Human Movement Science leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The intent of the program is to develop research and teaching scholars who are capable of producing and disseminating new knowledge in the field of Human Movement Science.

Through our clinical and research initiatives, the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center demonstrates its commitment to providing the highest level of care for athletes of all ages suffering from sport-related brain injuries, and to assist parents, coaches, and medical professionals in managing these student-athletes.

The Matthew Gfeller Center carries out its mission through a values-based clinical and research agenda. The program guides clinicians to better manage sport-related concussions and traumatic brain injury and apply the values of injury prevention, education, evaluation, management, rehabilitation, collaboration, integrity & responsibility.

The Matthew Gfeller Center is housed in a newly renovated 1,200 sq. ft. facility on the top floor of the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center in the heart of UNC-Chapel Hillís campus. It is a state-of-the-art center of excellence for treating athletes suffering from sport-related concussion. This dedicated clinical research space offers state-of-the-art balance assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and other neurological evaluations. The close proximity to the main floor of the UNC Athletic Training Room in Stallings-Evans is ideal for treating collegiate athletes, as well as recreational and high school athletes from the surrounding communities.

Successful candidates should have:
1. Completed their masters degree in an appropriate field of study (sports medicine, biomechanics, athletic training, physical therapy, etc).
2. Demonstrated experience in and/or strong enthusiasm for conducting applied and clinical research in the area of neurotrauma injury, with a particular emphasis on sport-related traumatic brain injury.
3. Strong oral and written communication skills.
4. Strong computing skills.
5. Competency in and/or the ability to learn instrumentation for evaluation of brain injuries, in addition to human movement analysis.

A graduate assistantship will be provided to those who qualify, which typically includes a tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Assistantships are one-year appointments renewable annually.

Initial application materials should include a curriculum vita and cover letter sent electronically to Dr. Jason Mihalik (jmihalik@email.unc.edu) and Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz (gus@email.unc.edu). Based on review of the CV and letter, potential candidates will be encouraged to apply to the Human Movement Science PhD program. An on-campus interview will be required.

Additional information concerning the program can be obtained by visiting the Human Movement Science website (http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/hmsc/). Information regarding the current research being conducted can be obtained by visiting the UNC Department of Exercise and Sport Science (http://exss.unc.edu) and Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center (http://tbicenter.unc.edu) websites.


Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center
313 Woollen Gymnasium | Campus Box 8605 | Chapel Hill, NC | 27599
O: 919.962.2573 | L: 919.962.0409 | F: 919.962.6325 | E: jmihalik@email.unc.edu
tbicenter.unc.edu

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center
204 Fetzer Hall | Campus Box 8700 | Chapel Hill, NC | 27599
O: 919.962.5175 | L: 919.962.0409 | F: 919.962.0489 | E: gus@email.unc.edu
tbicenter.unc.edu