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    Post Doctoral Scholar Position
    Penn State University
    Movement Neuroscience Laboratory/Biomechanics Laboratory
    Departments of Kinesiology, Neurology, and Bioengineering

    Description of Environment, Project, and Position:

    Our research program is focused on discerning the neural mechanisms
    underlying control of reaching movements in humans. We currently
    employ two primary models to explore the organization of reaching
    movements: Motor Lateralization in Healthy Subjects and stroke. We
    explore control mechanisms through both empirical studies and, to a
    lesser extent, through the use of simulations. We currently have 4
    experimental set-ups that employ a virtual reality environment
    designed and programmed by Dr. Sainburg. One of our systems is
    interfaced with an MIT MANUS robotic manipulandum, which allows the
    application of programmed forces during movements. All set-ups are
    equipped with 3-D multiple segment motion tracking and surface EMG
    capabilities.

    We are currently expanding our projects to explore how basic control
    and learning mechanisms might interact with recovery in stroke. We
    have developed a laboratory in the Clinical Neurology Department on
    our Medical Campus, and have an active collaboration with Kathleen
    Haaland at the New Mexico VA, where we have been examining stroke
    patients. I have a professional background and strong interest in
    medical rehabilitation, and many of our projects have implications for
    rehabilitation science.

    Our laboratory is currently supported by NIH, and receives partial
    support through the Veteranís Administration and the Pennsylvania
    State Department of Health. The current position is supported by an
    NIH R01 Grant, focused on the neural mechanisms that underlie motor
    lateralization. This position has a minimum 2 year commitment. My goal
    for this position is to prepare the individual for a competitive
    career in academic science. Three main objectives are: 1) To expand
    and enhance skills in data acquisition and analysis 2) To expand
    scientific reporting skills and to publish several high quality
    articles 3) To become familiar with the process of scientific
    grantsmanship and to develop grant writing skills. The successful
    applicant will participate in ongoing experiments and in the
    development of new projects.

    Department:

    The Penn State Department of Kinesiology houses a world class program
    in Biomechanics and Motor Control, and provides an intellectually
    stimulating and scientifically fertile environment in which to learn.
    Several excellent seminars in Neuroscience, Biomechanics and Motor
    Control, and Bioengineering attract prominent scientists from around
    the globe. We often have international visiting scientists, and have
    frequent scientific and social interactions between and within
    laboratories. Our laboratory has interactions and occasional
    collaborations with the laboratories of Mark Latash, Dagmar Sternad,
    David Rosenbaum, Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Steve Piazza, among many others.
    We also have a great time in less formal, social get-togethers to
    celebrate and discuss science.

    If you are interested in applying, please send me an email explaining
    your interest and background and contact information.



    Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Neurology
    Graduate Programs in Bioengineering and Neuroscience
    Co-Director Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, Huck Institutes
    of Life Sciences
    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park PA 16802
    Tel.: (814)-865-7938//Fax: (814)-8634755
    http://www.personal.psu.edu/rls45
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