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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
    California
    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, practice, workplace, or research
    lab environments).

    Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
    Laboratory include: force plates (4, Kistler, Bertec), telemetered
    electromyography (16 channels, Konigsberg), motion analysis software (3D,
    real-time capture), 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.

    Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants with
    excellent 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,
    robotics, 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 (mcnitt@usc.edu).** *
    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
    (mcnitt@usc.edu )
    http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/kinesiology/biomech/index.htm
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