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    The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
    ( has federal support for a
    student to pursue graduate work in studying the dynamics of development of
    sitting postural control in infants with cerebral palsy. A description of
    the graduate research assistant position is detailed below. Interested
    applicants should contact Dr. Nick Stergiou.

    Dr. Nicholas Stergiou
    Director of the HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Omaha, Nebraska 68182
    Tel. 402-554-2670
    Fax. 402-554-3693

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: The graduate research assistant will be hired with
    primary responsibilities in subject recruitment, data collection, data
    reduction, and data storage. The data collection and reduction procedures
    will require technical skills in human movement analysis (such as nonlinear
    analysis of time series). The data collection procedures will require
    familiarity in handling typically developing infants and with infants with
    cerebral palsy. The interested individual will also assist in the running
    and troubleshooting of the laboratory equipment, computer programming, data
    processing and analysis, and professional writing.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering,
    Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy or a
    related field. Experience with computer programming (Matlab, MSVB, C++),
    biomechanics data collection and professional writing skills.

    DEGREES OFFERED: The interested student can pursue the following academic
    tracks; MS in Exercise Science (emphasis in Biomechanics), and PhD in

    STARTING DATE: December 1st 2004 or start of the Spring academic semester.
    Assistantships will be contracted for one year and are renewable.

    SETTING: The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory is situated on the University of
    Nebraska at Omaha campus that is in the heart of the Omaha metropolitan
    area. The University is a technology-based environment where the campus is
    integrated with high-tech companies that manufacture and develop biomedical
    engineering devices. The University campus environment feeds the city’s
    booming high-tech business. The laboratory has strong ties with the
    clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that is located
    less than a mile away from the University campus. This strong relationship
    and proximity provides the laboratory with immediate access to patients
    with neuromuscular disorders and clinicians in various domains. Omaha is a
    dynamic metropolitan area of 700,000 people and has been rated as one of
    the best environments for living in the nation. Forbes Magazine recently
    named Omaha as one of the top 15 regions in the nation - both economic and
    quality of life factors were analyzed. Omaha is also one of the top
    "eco-cities" in the nation based on air and water quality, open space and
    population stability according to "E" The Environmental Magazine. The Omaha
    Henry Doorly Zoo has won numerous awards and is one of the region's most
    popular attractions. This world-class zoo sits on 130 acres and is home to
    over 600 species and more than 18,600 specimens. The city landscape is a
    blend of restored office buildings, boutiques, historic preservation sites,
    shopping malls, parks, and running/bike paths. The Old Market area is a
    popular destination for residents of Omaha and tourist. This arena features
    shopping, art galleries, live entertainment and eclectic restaurants that
    are situated along the river. Each June Omaha hosts one of the top National
    Collegiate Athletic Association events - the NCAA College World Series.
    Fans from across the county come to Omaha to watch the winners of eight
    regional tournaments battle for the NCAA men's baseball championship.