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    Ph.D. in Developmental Motor Control: Research Assistantships Available

    Applications are invited for two research assistantships for students
    interested in pursuing a Ph.D. with a concentration in the Development of
    Motor Control, within the Division of Kinesiology, University of Michigan.
    One position is funded by an NIH grant focused on mathematically modeling
    the gait patterns of toddlers, children, and elderly persons with and
    without Down syndrome. People with a background in kinesiology,
    biomechanics, neuromotor control/development, developmental psychology,
    cognition & perception, or biomedical engineering are invited to apply. The
    other assistantship is funded by a USDE research-training grant and is for
    persons with a background in pediatric PT/OT or Adapted PE. In addition to
    the gait modeling projects, studies of the development of the postural
    control needed to walk independently and the coordination and control of
    leg movements in infants born with spina bifida are ongoing.
    Opportunities exist for research collaborations with other faculty
    members in Movement Science (motor behavior, biomechanics, exercise
    physiology) and faculty across campus: in the Center for the Study of
    Complex Systems, Center for Human Growth and Development, Biomedical
    Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology. You are invited to visit the
    Kinesiology faculty and research pages on our website at: and related pages on the University of
    Michigan website.

    Successful candidates should have completed their masters degree in an
    appropriate field of study, be interested in theoretical (dynamic/complex
    systems) as well as practical issues related to the development of motor
    control and rehabilitation, work well in a group setting, and be motivated
    to develop their independent research, writing, and presentation skills.

    For more information about these positions, the design of Ph.D. programs
    in this area, or the ongoing research agenda, please contact:

    Dr. Beverly Ulrich
    Division of Kinesiology
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
    Phone: 734-764-5210

    Review of applications for these positions will begin immediately. For
    details concerning the Ph.D. program application process, contact:

    Carrie Stein, Asst. to the Graduate Chair
    Division of Kinesiology
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
    Phone: 734-764-1343

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