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    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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