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Russell Best
10-08-1995, 12:49 PM
From: Russell Best

Below is a position description for a Lecturer in Biomechanics at Victoria
University, Australia. The successful applicant will be joining a team of
four other biomechanics academic staff (equivalent full-time) and two full-
time consultants, a brand new $1M laboratory in the middle of Melbourne's
Central Business District, 25 postgraduate research students and an
extensive teaching and collaborative research profile. The position
description is followed by a list of equipment and the major research areas
of the Biomechanics Unit.

You are advised to contact the nominated person on the position description
for further information. Applications close on Friday 27 October, 1995.


Russell Best


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Lecturer in Biomechanics:

Victoria University of Technology and the Department of Physical
Education and Recreation invites applications to the following lecturing
position at the City campus commencing in the early part of 1996.

Depending on qualifications and experience, an appointment will be made
on either Level A or B.

At Lecturer A, the appointee will be required to lecture and tutor in
established biomechanics programmes at the undergraduate and
postgraduate levels. Applicants should have a masters degree or
equivalent. Tertiary teaching experience in biomechanics is essential.
Undergraduate qualifications in Physical Education or Sport Sciences are
desirable. PhD is preferred.

At Lecturer B, in addition to lecturing and tutoring duties, the
appointee will be expected to develop an active research profile in
applied sport science including a willingness to publish and seek
relevant research grants. He/she will also supervise postgraduate
students. Applicants should have a relevant PhD or equivalent and
evidence of a developing record and interest in research and research
supervision. A proven teaching ability at tertiary level in
biomechanics and related areas is essential.

Reference Number F/PE05 Level A or B

Salary Ranges: Level A: $29,539 - $40,087
Level B: $42,198 - $50,111

This is a tenurable appointment for an initial period of 3 years. Six
months prior to the expiry of the three-year appointment a tenure review
will be carried out at which time the incumbent may be granted tenure.

Contact Footscray campus, Personnel Services answerphone on (03) 9688
4586 or fax on (03) 9688 4965 for a position description. Forward written
applications, (preferably two copies), quoting the Reference Number/s and
stating the names and contact telephone numbers of three referees to
Personnel Services by Friday 27 October, 1995.

Equality of Employment Opportunity is University Policy


Personnel Services
Victoria University of Technology
Footscray Campus
PO Box 14428
MCMC, Melbourne
Victoria 8001
AUSTRALIA


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BIOMECHANICS MAJOR EQUIPMENT LIST


PRIMAS real-time 3D motion analysis (hardware, inc. 4 cameras, & software)
PEAK 3D motion analysis and data acquisition software
2 AMTI force platforms
F-SCAN foot pressure sensors
BIODEX and CYBEX isokinetic dynamometers
NORAXON telemetered EMG
AMLAB (also acts as 2nd EMG system)
6 PANASONIC video camera/recorder systems and mixer
NEURALWARE neural networks suite
ANSYS finite elements suite (educational)
SILICON GRAPHICS Indigo2 XZ (200mHz CPU, 4 geometry engine)
8 IBM 486 PCs (mix of 33 and 66MHz CPU)
AUSTRADEX treadmill
LIDAR and RADAR (soon to arrive)


LABORATORY FEATURES


The brand new laboratory consists of a main laboratory area (about 36m x 10m)
that can be used as one large laboratory or the capability of being curtained
off into a maximum of four areas (about 9m x 10m each), a separate isokinetic
dynamometry laboratory, a 50 chair teaching area, 2 equipment control rooms,
a consultancy office (for 2 consultants), a workshop, a store room, a
staff/student room, disabled access throughout, men's and women's showers and
changing rooms, and men's, women's and disabled toilets.

The laboratory is situated in the basement of an 18 storey office building
that includes 8 floors of parking and biomechanics staff rooms on the 11th
floor. The laboratory takes up over half of the floor space in the basement.
The remaining floor space is occupied by a wet anatomy lab. (due to begin
operations early 1996).


MAJOR RESEARCH AREAS


The Biomechanics Unit has quite definite areas that we see as being our
'Major Research Areas'. These general areas are currently identified as;
Real-time Integrated Biomechanical Analysis System (RIBAS) Development;
Clinical Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Clinical and Sports Coaching Tools
Development. There are many sub-areas within this major research focus.
The sub-areas are;


A. Gait Analysis

gait during pregnancy
gait in the elderly
gait diagnostics (leg length discrepancy, rearfoot motion & forefoot pressure
problems)
variability (chaos) in gait
obstacle negotiation
real-time analysis of gait biomechanics
pre-surgery prediction of the success of tibial osteotomy
neural network applications to gait analysis


B. Golf Swing Analysis

golf swing templating
biomechanical differences in the golf swings of different ability golfers
real-time golf swing analysis


C. Real-time Biomechanical Analysis

Real-time Integrated Biomechanical Analysis System (RIBAS) development
real-time bicycle ergometry
real-time analysis of sprint performance using RADAR and LIDAR
real-time force plate analysis (including force vector visualisation)
real-time EMG analysis
real-time 3D kinematics applications


D. Injury Mechanisms and Outcomes

patellar tendinopathy
anterior cruciate ligament
stress fractures
shoulder injuries
hamstring injuries
neuromuscular physiology of injury and rehabilitation


E. Other, smaller research areas

Impact Injury Prevention
Throwing Mechanics
Diving/Gymnastics