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    Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics

    Biomechanics Research Laboratory
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

    Highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree
    in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Southern
    are invited to apply.

    Our research focuses on the mechanisms humans use to generate
    and control momentum during goal-directed multijoint movements. We integrate
    experimentation and modeling techniques to study control and dynamics
    during multijoint motion performed by skilled subjects (e.g. elite male and
    female athletes, musicians, technicians) in realistic contexts (e.g. US
    Olympic Training Camps, Olympic Games, workplace, or research lab).

    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 ( Students have two primary Ph.D. degree options
    through interdisciplinary doctoral programs in Biomedical Engineering or in
    Biological Sciences.

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

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

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