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    All coorespondence for this job posting should be directed to Dr. Peter McNair

    Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow

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

    Tenure: 1 year appointment.

    Salary: $42,000 (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.

    Start date: March 2001

    Contact: Expressions of interest to Peter J. McNair PhD ( by November 15, 2000.

    Background Information:
    The Neuromuscular Research Unit is a part of the School of Physiotherapy at the Auckland University 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 ten 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. 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.

    2. Lower limb injuries On going studies are examining EMG patterns during gait and other activities in individuals with and without pathology. We are also examining the proprioceptive awareness of individuals who have pathology

    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.

    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.

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