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    A full-time research scientist position is available in the Research Unit
    of Equine Biomechanics and Pathology of the Locomotor System, at the Ecole
    Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort (Paris area, France), in the field of
    Mechanical modelisation - Biomechanical measurement techniques.
    Starting Date : June 2002

    The project consists in the development of mechanical models of the
    locomotor system of the horse. The project involves the improvement of the
    existing measurement techniques already available in the research unit
    (e.g. kinematics, electromyography) and the development of new ones (e.g. :
    dynamometry, strain/load sensors).
    A PhD with a background in Mechanics, Biomechanics or Biomedical
    Engineering is preferred. The person appointed would be expected to have
    substantial knowledge of materials mechanics and dynamics, as well as in
    functional anatomy, and locomotor system physiology. Highly desirable
    skills include experience working with 3D kinematics, force plateforms,
    electromyography, tendon mathematical modeling, writing computer programs,
    experience in rheological measurements.

    The aims of our research are : 1. to better understand the functioning of
    the equine locomotor system by using different complementary approaches
    (kinematics, electromyography, functional anatomy); 2. to improve the means
    of identification of lesions and locomotor disorders through different
    techniques : imaging (radiography, ultrasonography, MRI,Š), kinematics and
    articular fluid analysis; 3. to better know the distribution, evolution,
    consequences and tolerance of the lesions (tendinopathies,
    osteochondrosis); 4. to identify early criteria of performance or unability
    to sport exercice.
    The research group includes 6 members of the Anatomy/Equine clinic teaching
    staff, 2 engineers, 2 assistant-engineers, 6 PhD students.
    The equipment available includes two 3D kinematic analysis systems which
    can be used either in indoors and outdoors conditions (1 video based and 1
    based on run time measurement of ultrasonic pulses [Zebris*]), an
    electromechanic testing machine, a treadmill, a surface electromyography
    and accelerometers device, high level conventional imaging diagnostic
    procedures (radiography, ultrasonography, thermography, scintigraphy, MRI).

    Mechanical modelisation of the horse's hand. Development of techniques
    which allow to simulate the mechanical stresses within the horse's hand
    (bones, joints, tendons) during the different circumstances of locomotion.
    This modelisation will be performed from kinematic, rheologic (e.g. from in
    vivo strain/load sensors), kinetic and electromyographic data.
    Co-direction of a PhD.

    Application files (written in French) can be obtained until January 23,
    from the INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), either via
    internet (, or
    by regular mail (INRA - DRH - Concours CR, 147 rue de l'Université, 75338
    PARIS cedex 07, FRANCE) or by fax (00 33 1 42 75 90 39).
    The deadline for application is January 25. The recruitment itself will
    take place between April 29 and May 30, 2002.

    For more information, please contact :
    Pr Nathalie Crevier-Denoix, DVM, PhD
    UMR INRA-ENVA de Biomécanique et Pathologie Locomotrice du Cheval
    Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, 7, ave du Général de Gaulle 94704
    Maisons-Alfort cedex - France
    Tel. : 00 33 1 43 96 71 06
    Fax : 00 33 1 43 96 31 62
    E-mail :

    Pr Nathalie CREVIER-DENOIX
    UP d'Anatomie
    UMR INRA-ENVA de Biomécanique et Pathologie Locomotrice du Cheval
    Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort
    7, ave du général de Gaulle
    94700 Maisons-Alfort - FRANCE

    Tel : 01 43 96 71 06
    Fax : 01 43 96 31 62
    From abroad : +33 1 43 96 71 06
    E-mail :

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