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    Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics

    Biomechanics Research Laboratory
    Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Lab Director
    Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

    The research conducted in the USC Biomechanics Research Lab focuses on the
    mechanisms humans use to generate and control momentum during multijoint
    movements. We integrate experimentation and modeling techniques to study
    control and dynamics
    during multijoint motion (e.g. elite male and female athletes, musicians,
    technicians, older adults) in realistic contexts (e.g. US Olympic Training
    Camps, Olympic Games, workplace, or research lab).

    Highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree
    in the Biomechanics Research Lab at the University of Southern California
    have two Ph.D. degree options:
    Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology

    Integrative and Evolutionary Biology (IEB) Track in Biological Sciences is
    highly inter-disciplinary program that targets emerging areas at the
    interface of genomics, evolution, biomechanics, and physiology. The IEB
    program brings together scientists who are expert in analyzing reduced
    levels of organization (such as genes and molecules) with scientists who
    have expertise in addressing higher-order complex questions (pertaining to
    whole organisms and systems of organisms). The IEB program incorporates
    faculty from different schools and departments with research interests in
    evolution, genetics, computational biology, biomechanics, physiology,
    metabolism, neuroscience, and molecular biology.

    Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
    Laboratory includes: force plates (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 (ADAMS, Mechanical
    Dynamics), and multimedia teaching lab (24, NT).

    Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants with
    good communication and teamwork skills with an interest in mechanics,
    neuromuscular control, and dynamic modeling. Courses often taken by
    doctoral students in biomechanics are offered within and outside the
    department in areas like biomedical engineering, computer science, physical
    therapy, mechanical 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 or fellowships.

    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 learning
    more about our program, please contact me directly.


    Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
    Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Director
    Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652, USA
    Phone: 213-740-7902 or by email (mcnitt@usc.edu).

    Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
    Biomechanics Research Laboratory
    3560 Watt Way PED 107
    Departments of Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences
    Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, Director
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
    Office: 213-740-7902, Lab: 213-740-7903
    FAX 213-740-7909
    mcnitt@email.usc.edu

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