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Rezaul Begg
06-27-1996, 12:21 PM
The attached information is for Research Fellowship positions at Victoria
University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. The whole document
consists of three parts: (i) general fellowship information, (ii)
specific biomechanics fellowship info, and finally (iii) biomechanics
unit information (major equipment list, research focus etc).

(i) General Fellowship Info:



Applications are invited for up to five (5) Victoria University Research
Fellowships which are available for a fixed period of three years.

Appointments will be based on merit and on the relevance of the field of
research to the University's six major research areas:

Communications and Optical Technology
Culture, Community and Communications
Economics, Labour Studies and Tourism
Food Science, Packaging and Marketing
Human Performance, Health and Development
Safety, Risk and the Environment

The appointment may be taken up in any academic department or research centre
in the University. Intending applicants must discuss their applications with
the relevant faculty coordinator(s) to ensure the relevance of the proposal
to the faculty's interests and facilities, and to demonstrate the relevance
of the application.

Applicants are expected to hold a research doctoral degree and must be able
to demonstrate a substantial track record in research publications.
Conditions include a starting salary of $AUS43,042, superannuation, agreed
relocation expenses, and a research establishment grant of $AUS10,000.

Intending applicants should ensure they receive a copy of the information
package, including application procedures and application form, from
Personnel Services answersphone: (+61-3) 9688-4586; fax (+61-3) 9688-4965 or
by downloading the package from the Office for Research Website at

Applications must be received by 23 August 1996.

(ii) Research Fellowship in Biomechanics Area:

Biomechanics is one of many areas competing for the research fellowships
but as members of the University's Centre for Rehabilitation, Exercise and
Sport Science (CRESS) our chances of success are improved. A successful
biomechanics applicant would fit into the Human Performance, Health and
Development major research area of the University and would have to fit
into the established research focus of the Biomechanics Unit. Below are
details of the Unit's infrastructure and research focus. Please approach
the contact people in the above document or Rezaul Begg with specifically
biomechanics expressions of interest.

Dr. Rezaul Begg
Biomechanics Unit
Centre for Rehabilitation, Exercise and Sport Science
Victoria University of Technology
Melbourne, MCMC
Vic. 8001

Tel: +61 3 9248 1116
Fax: +61 3 9248 1110
email: rezaul@dingo.vut.edu.au

(iii) Biomechanics Unit Information:


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 isokinetic dynamometer
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) and 2 Pentiums
AUSTRADEX treadmill


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 laboratory.


The Biomechanics Unit has quite definite areas that we see as being our
'Primary 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 two main areas within this primary research focus.

A. Real-time Biomechanical Analysis

Real-time Integrated Biomechanical Analysis System (RIBAS) development
real-time untethered 3D motion anlaysis
real-time force platform analysis and force vector visualisation
real-time 3D computer animation
real-time biofeedback of sport/clinical biomechanics information
real-time EMG analysis
real-time bicycle ergometry
real-time analysis of athletic performance using LIDAR/RADAR

B. Gait Analysis

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

The Biomechanics Unit has quite definite areas that we see as being our
'Secondary Major Research Areas'. There are three main areas within this
secondary research focus.

a. Golf Swing Analysis

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

b. Injury Mechanisms and Outcomes

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

c. Applied Sports Biomechanics

diving biomechanics
gymnastics biomechanics
throwing mechanics