Graduate Student Position
Doctoral Program in Biomechanics
Department of Kinesiology
College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

We currently have a position open for a highly motivated graduate student
within the PhD program in Biomechanics in the Department of Kinesiology at
USC. Our research focuses on the mechanics humans use to generate and
control momentum during multijoint movements. Both experimental and
musculoskeletal dynamic modeling techniques are used to test our research
hypotheses. Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics
Research Laboratory includes: forceplates (4, Kistler, Bertec), telemetered
electromyography (16 channels, Konigsberg), motion analysis software (3D,
Peak Performance), high speed digital video cameras (3) for 3D kinematics
of movement involving impact, high end multiprocessor computers for
graphics, simulation, and modeling applications, and multimedia teaching
lab (24, NT). We currently use our multilink model to study practiced
multijoint motion (ADAMS, Mechanical Dynamics) performed by skilled
subjects (e.g. elite athletes, musicians) in realistic contexts (e.g. US
Olympic Training Camps, workplace, or research lab). Strongest
consideration will be given to applicants with good communication and
teamwork skills with an interest in mechanics and dynamic modeling.

Typically, three to four graduate students are working toward their
doctoral degree at anyone time. The coursework completed as part of your
doctoral program is dependent on your background in mechanics and clinical
skills at the time you begin the program and your goals upon graduation.
Courses often taken by doctoral students in biomechanics are offered within
and outside the department in areas like computer science, biokinesiology
and physical therapy, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and
statistics. Doctoral students in biomechanics may apply to become Teaching
or Research Assistants and will receive stipends, health benefits, and
tuition remission as part of their assistantships. Funding during the
summer months is dependent on external funding sources.

Los Angeles, California is a diverse and exciting place to live. The beach,
mountains, and international culture provide a rich background for your
development as a person and scientist. If you are interested in becoming a
student in this program, please contact:

Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Research Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
213-740-7902 or by email (

Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Research Lab
Department of Kinesiology
Joint Appointments in
Biomedical Engineering,
Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
3560 Watt Way
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
FAX 213-740-7909
Voice Mail: 213-740-7902

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