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    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Movement Neuroscience/Biomechanics

    Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Organization: Movement Neuroscience Laboratory,
    Kinesiology Department
    Penn State University
    Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
    Posted: 12/4/00
    Deadline: 1/15/01


    The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory is located within the Kinesiology
    department at Pennsylvania State University. Our research program is focused
    on discerning the neural mechanisms underlying control of multijoint
    reaching movements in humans. Our techniques employ both psychophysical
    experiments and biomechanical simulations to determine the neural processes
    underlying control of the complex mechanics of the musculoskeletal system.
    The laboratory is equipped for 3-Dimensional kinematic recordings,
    electromyographic recordings, force plate recordings for isometric studies,
    and provides high end computer workstations for computational simulations.
    Custom software, developed within our laboratory, are used to interface this
    equipment. The main experimental set-up for the current project employs the
    flock of birds movement sensors in combination with real-time projected
    displays of limb movement that provide a computer-game interface for
    controlling experiments.

    The Position:

    We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our
    studies examining neural control of limb dynamics. This project is funded by
    NIH, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, and examines the
    neural mechanisms underlying handedness. The proposed studies build on our
    recent findings, which indicate interlimb disparities in the control of
    intersegmental dynamics (Sainburg and Kalakanis, 2000). Funding is available
    for 2-5 years.

    Salary is contingent on educational background & experience.


    Applicants will be expected to hold an earned doctorate in Kinesiology,
    Neuroscience, Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, or related discipline,
    with a record of research in Motor Control, Neuroscience, Kinesiology,
    Biomechanics, or related field. The ideal candidate will augment our group's
    expertise in psychophysical experiment techniques, kinematic analysis,
    neuromechanical analysis (inverse and forward dynamics), electromyographic
    recordings, and computer modeling. Any single or combination of these
    skills will be considered a strength.

    Penn State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
    Woman and minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent
    on eligibility to work in the United States.

    The Department:

    The applicant will benefit from the rich, collaborative environment in the
    department of Kinesiology at Penn State. In addition to direct mentorship
    and collaboration with Dr. Robert Sainburg, collaborators in this project
    include Dr. Mark Latash and Dr. John Challis. Frequently, our seminar series
    invite world renowned researchers to Penn State. In addition, our research
    environment includes : The Center for Locomotion Studies (CELOS) under the
    directiorship of Dr. Peter Cavanagh, the Biomechanics
    Laboratory, directed by Dr. Vladmir Zatsiorsky, the Motor Control
    Laboratory, directed by Dr. Mark Latash, the Action Laboratory, directed by
    Dr. Dagmar Sternad, the Psychophysiology of movement Laboratory, directed by
    Dr. Semyon Slobounov, Dr. Karl Newell¹s Motor Control and Learning
    Laboratory, the Sensorimotor Development Laboratory of Dr. Jan Visser, the
    Perception and Movement Laboratory, directed by Dr. David Rosenbaum
    (Psychology Department), and the world renowned Noll Physiology

    The University and Life

    State College provides a metropolitan atmosphere in a small town
    environment. It is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, and is surrounded by
    a beautiful rural atmosphere. Outdoor activities are generally free and are
    minutes away, including swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, hunting, alpine
    and cross country skiing, snowshoing, etc. Penn State nurtures a rich
    performing arts atmosphere, providing an abundance of plays, shows, and
    concerts. Penn State hosts many artistic and political events. In short, the
    atmosphere is stimulating and fun. Cost of living is low, while quality of
    living is high.


    Please send a letter, vita, and the names, addresses and email addresses of
    3-4 references to:

    Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
    266 Rec Hall, Department of Kinesiology, Penn State University
    University Park, PA 16802
    (814) 865-7937

    Selected Publications:
    Sainburg, R.L. and Kalakanis, D. Differences in control of limb dynamics
    during dominant and non-dominant arm reaching. J. Neurophysiol.
    83:2661-2675, 2000.
    Sainburg, R.L., Kalakanis, D. and Ghez, C. Intersegmental dynamics are
    controlled by sequential anticipatory, error correction, and positional
    control mechanisms. J. Neurophysiology 81: 1045-1056, 1999.
    Ghez, C., Krakauer, J., Sainburg, R.L., Ghilardi, M.F. Spatial
    representations and internal models of limb dynamics in motor learning. The
    New Cognitive Neurosciences, second edition. Eds. Gazzaniga, M.S. MIT Press,
    Cambridge MA, 1999.
    Sainburg, R.L., Ghilardi, M.F., Poizner, H., and Ghez, C. The Control of
    limb dynamics in normal subjects and patients without proprioception. J.
    Neurophysiology 73:2 820-835, 1995

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