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03-21-2011, 03:03 PM
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship Available
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences is currently accepting applications for one highly motivated graduate student desiring to earn a Ph.D. with an emphasis in biomechanics. The ideal candidate will have interests common to current biomechanics faculty, specifically lower extremity function and locomotion. The selected applicant will work with faculty and other graduate students in biomechanics with the likelihood of collaborating with faculty from Engineering, Physical Therapy, and Nursing. The position includes a 9-month stipend, as well as a tuition waiver and health insurance coverage.

Biomechanics Laboratory:
The Biomechanics Laboratory is housed in the 3000-square-foot Sports Injury Research Center facility on the UNLV campus. Co-Directors, John Mercer, Ph.D. and Janet Dufek, Ph.D., share a research focus on lower extremity function and injury prevention, which fosters a collaborative research environment for faculty and students. The laboratory also serves as the Center for Disability and Applied Biomechanics research, which is directed by Edward Neumann, Ph.D. The Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped with an 8-channel electromyography system, a 12-camera 3D motion capture system, a dual force platform system with interchangeable platform configurations interfaced to a 32-channel A/D board with BioWare version 4.0 data acquisition software, an isokinetic dynamometer, accelerometers, electrogoniometers, a portable instrumented walkway, a portable balance assessment platform, mechanical impact tester, and related ancillary instruments. The laboratory has a 30-meter unobstructed walkway for use during gait assessment as well as portable walkway rails for use in clinical assessments.

Preferred Qualifications:
M.S. in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Exercise Science, Human Performance, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Physical Therapy or related field. Mechanical/quantitative aptitude as well as computer programming experience (ie., MatLab) would be ideal. The ability to interact with a patient population is desirable. Excellent oral and written communications skills are expected. A strong work ethic along with a desire to learn are favorable attributes. Specific information about the Graduate Program in Kinesiology, including application procedures can be found at: http://kinesiology.unlv.edu/gradprogram/graduate.html.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV):
In 1957, UNLV opened its first classroom and administration building, with 41 students and three faculty members. In the past 50 years, the university has developed into the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution with approximately 28,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff, and over 70 buildings. UNLV is one of eight institutions governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada System of Higher Education enrolls more than 90,000 students in a broad array of programs throughout the state of Nevada. UNLV offers four undergraduate certificates and degrees in 105 majors and graduate degrees in 116 majors with graduate certificates in 10 others. UNLV is located on an attractive 335-acre campus in metropolitan Las Vegas. The Carnegie Foundation categorizes UNLV as a “high research activity” institution. Most recently, the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West organizations have taken up residence at UNLV which President Smatresk states, “bring a comprehensive platform for addressing education, health care, social systems, and public policy” to the campus.

UNLV is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest region includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. In 2010, the university underwent a full-scale review and its accreditation was reaffirmed. UNLV is also a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

Interested Individuals:
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