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  • Postdoc position: University of Michigan

    Postdoctoral Fellow: Developmental Motor Control
    University of Michigan, Division of Kinesiology

    Principal Investigator: Bev Ulrich (Univ of MI)
    Co-Investigators: Ken Holt, Elliot Saltzman (Boston U.)

    Position Description: We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to
    join our studies of the development of motor control. We are using and
    developing a mathematical model to focus on how global stiffness and
    forcing contribute to the forward motion of the center of mass during
    walking overground and on a treadmill. In particular, we compare
    populations with and without Down syndrome to those with typical
    development, over the lifespan. In addition to using a Peak Motus Real time
    system to collect body position data, we typically record EMG, GAITRite,
    and forceplate data as well. Applicants for this position should have a
    background in dynamic systems theory, an interest in modeling and
    simulation of human movements (preferably locomotion), programming skills
    (Matlab, ADAMS, C++), some experience with/understanding of non-linear
    dynamics, and have a Ph.D. in biomechanics, motor control, or a related
    discipline.

    Responsibilities: Devote 100% time to this project, including overseeing
    the day-to-day operation of the project, maintaining the accuracy and
    integrity of all technical equipment, organizing the data processing and
    management, and working on details of the mathematical model and algorithms
    supporting the derivation of model parameters. This person will also serve
    as the day-to-day link between the Michigan and Boston University research
    teams. Start date: August 1, 2005

    Applicants: send cover letter, curriculum vita, and the contact information
    for three references to:

    Bev Ulrich, Ph.D.
    401 Washtenaw Ave
    Division of Kinesiology
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
    Email: bdulrich@umich.edu
    Phone: 734-764-5210
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