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Robert N Marshall
12-17-1998, 09:45 PM
Greetings,

The job notice below is send on behalf of Associate Professor Peter
McNair, Auckland Institute of Technology. Please reply directly to
him at the email address listed in the announcement.

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Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Place: Neuromuscular Research Unit, School of Physiotherapy, AIT,
Auckland, New Zealand

Tenure: 1 year appointment.

Salary: $40,000 (New Zealand dollars) per annum.

Key skills: A PhD graduate who has undertaken research in
biomechanics, particularly in the areas of EMG and motion analysis.
It would be an advantage to have worked with clinical populations .

Contact: Expressions of interest to Peter J. McNair PhD
(peter.mcnair@ait.ac.nz)

Background Information: The Neuromuscular Research Unit is a part of
the School of Physiotherapy at the Auckland Institute of Technology
in New Zealand. The Unit undertakes applied research in the areas of
Biomechanics and Neurophysiology. At this time, there are four
staff and eight post-graduate students. Students are working on
projects at Masters and Doctoral level.

In respect to physical resources, the Unit has three laboratories
that have specific foci:

1. Strength and Conditioning Laboratory. This laboratory has a
Kin-com dynamometer and other strength testing equipment. This
laboratory also has equipment for the collection and analysis of
EMG.

2. Gait Analysis Laboratory. This laboratory has a motorised
treadmill, gait walkway with force plate, together with 2-d and 3-d
video-based motion analysis systems. This Lab is also equipped with
EMG and electrogoniometers.

3. Human Neurophysiology Laboratory. This laboratory has a magnetic
brain stimulator and human nerve and muscle stimulation devices,
together with other hardware and software that allows the collection
and analysis of neural impulses from the brain and spinal pathways
during the performance of upper and lower limb movements.

The Unit is undertaking research predominantly in three areas.

1. Back pain. On going studies are examining trunk muscle EMG
patterns during gait and other activities in individuals with and
without spinal pathology. We are also examining the proprioceptive
awareness of individuals who have neck and back pain.

2. Spasticity. In this area, we are interested in the
proprioceptive awareness of individuals with spasticity, and
examining the effects of different exercise regimes on decreasing
spasticity and improving function.

3. Visco-elastic properties of tissues. In this area, projects
are examining protocols associated with the stretching of soft
tissue structures with an emphasis on frequency, time and the
effects of interventions such as heat.

The successful applicant will be involved in specific projects in
one or more of the above areas. In addition to undertaking
research, occasional lectures/seminars to postgraduate students will
be required. Furthermore, it is expected that applicants will be
involved in the writing of funding applications to facilitate on
going research.


Associate Professor R.N. Marshall
Head of Department
Sport and Exercise Science
The University of Auckland
ph +64 9 373 7599 X6630
fax +64 9 373 7043
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, New Zealand
email r.marshall@auckland.ac.nz

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