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    Research Faculty Position Announcement
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Division of Physical Therapy Education

    Position Description:
    Assistant Professor or higher, rank and salary commensurate with experience
    12-month Health Professions appointment, with opportunity to make
    application for tenure
    Generous benefits package
    Earned academic doctorate degree required
    History of obtaining external funding for research preferred
    Postdoctoral training and teaching experience are desirable
    Primary responsibilities are to seek external funding and conduct research
    broadly relevant to physical therapy
    Teaching responsibilities are negotiable and based on applicant’s expertise
    Other responsibilities include service to the university, community, and
    Professional Environment:
    University: The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is an
    academic health sciences center, with Colleges of Medicine, Nursing,
    Pharmacy, and Dentistry. Campus research strengths are in areas of
    transplantation, cancer, genetics, and neuroscience. The mission of UNMC
    is to improve the health of Nebraska through premier educational programs,
    innovative research, the highest quality patient care, and outreach to
    underserved populations
    Program: The Division of Physical Therapy Education is an educational
    unit within the College of Medicine. The mission of the Division is to
    educate entry-level generalist practitioners. In 2001, a new curriculum
    leading to the clinical degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) was
    implemented. The faculty is dedicated to the promotion of evidence-based
    clinical practice, and to that end, we are seeking to fill this faculty
    position with an individual whose research will contribute to such
    The program has been accredited for its entire 34-year history.
    Detailed information about the program is available at
    Research: Members of this program value collaboration in both research
    and teaching efforts. Many collaborative research opportunities exist
    within the program and across campus. The strategic plan for UNMC is to
    become a world-renowned, academic health sciences center. Research funding
    at UNMC has doubled in the past 5 years, and the campus continues to add
    extensive research facilities and infrastructure. This fall, construction
    will begin on the 10-level Research Center of Excellence II, a structure
    nearly identical to the Durham Research Center, which opened in 2003. It
    will contain 252,179 gross square feet with 98 state-of-the-art
    laboratories, as well as office space for investigators and laboratory
    support space. Recent research efforts within the Division of Physical
    Therapy Education have been in the general areas of motor control (muscle
    activation patterns, kinematics, and kinetics of balance and reaching
    tasks) and exercise physiology (energy expenditure, changes in health
    behavior, and changes in immunological measures). These projects have
    involved a variety of subject populations, including: healthy individuals
    (all ages), individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy,
    rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes, multiple
    sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and
    peripheral arterial disease.
    Facilities: The program is housed in the Student Life Center, which
    contains program offices, laboratories, the campus fitness facility, the
    Physical Activity Research Laboratory (PARL), and the Clinical Movement
    Science Laboratory (CMSL). The PARL is equipped to perform metabolic gas
    analysis and other measures of physical activity, while the CMSL is
    equipped with multi-channel EMG and motion analysis systems, force
    platforms and computerized dynamic posturography equipment.
    Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately, and
    the position will remain open until filled. Send letter of application
    addressing qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the
    names and addresses of three professional references to: Gib Willett, PT,
    PhD, OCS, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Division of Physical Therapy
    Education, 984420 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4420. You may
    also contact Dr. Willett by email:

    EE0/Affirmative Action. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    Gregory M. Karst, PhD, PT
    President, UNMC Faculty Senate
    Professor and Associate Director
    Division of Physical Therapy Education
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    (402)559-8626 (fax)

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