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    The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
    has graduate assistantship positions available for the Fall of 2005.
    Students in the program have a variety of backgrounds including
    bioengineering, physical therapy, physical education, biology, exercise
    science, and mathematics. The HPER Biomechanics Laboratory was established
    for the purpose of developing a new understanding of the dynamical aspects
    of human movement. The laboratory is a flourishing enterprise where
    engineers, scientists and clinicians get together to gain additional
    insights on healthy and abnormal movement patterns. The laboratory uses
    techniques from biology, engineering and mathematics to understand the
    complexity of the neuromuscular system. Research projects in the lab range
    from analysis of infant postural development to computer simulations of
    walking robots. Students graduating from the program have had employment
    opportunities from NASA, orthopedic/gait labs, the high-tech industry,
    professional shoe companies, biomedical engineering research centers,
    robotics companies, the computer animation/gaming industry, and academic
    teaching/research positions.

    DEGREES OFFERED: The interested student can pursue the following academic
    tracks; MS in Exercise Science (emphasis in Biomechanics), PhD in
    Psychobiology (emphasis in Biomechanics and Motor Control), and PhD in
    Biomedical Engineering.
    RESPONSIBILITIES: There is a variety of positions available with both
    teaching and/or research assignments. Duties include subject recruitment,
    data collection and reduction for research, laboratory maintenance, and
    assist (teaching laboratories and partially grading) in classes such as
    graduate Advanced Biomechanics, undergraduate Biomechanics, and Physiology
    and Anatomy. Research projects can range from state and federally funded
    projects to academic research pursuits.
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering,
    Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Science, Biology, or related field.
    Experience with computer programming (Matlab, MSVB, C++), biomechanics
    data collection and professional writing skills.
    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. Among the numerous exhibits are the world's largest indoor
    rainforest, an aquarium complex that includes a walk-through tunnel, an
    indoor desert, the second largest free-flight aviary, a collection of rare
    white tigers, and the world's largest captive herds of gaur and Nile
    Lechwe. Currently, the zoo is in the process of adding panda bears to its
    exhibits. 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.
    APPLICATIONS: Applications must be received by March 1st, 2005. For
    further information, including application forms for both admission to
    graduate study and an assistantship contact:

    Nick Stergiou, Ph.D. or Max Kurz, M.S.
    HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Omaha, NE 68182-0216
    tel. 402-5542670
    fax. 402-5543693
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