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    PhD Scholarship in Motor Control.

    Expressions of interest are sought for a PhD Scholarship in Motor
    Control at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

    The research combines concepts and techniques from biomechanics and
    neurophysiology to study how rhythmic, multijoint movements are
    controlled. The project involves a sophisticated combination of
    experimental techniques and simulations including (i) a two- degree of
    freedom motorized robot arm to manipulate online the intersegmental
    dynamics during human arm movement, (ii) electro-physiological
    techniques such as fine wire and surface electromyography (EMG),
    transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation (TMS & TES), and
    peripheral nerve stimulation, and (iii) state of the art musculoskeletal
    modeling and simulation.

    The project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Aymar de Rugy,
    Dr Tim Carroll, and Dr Stephan Riek, at the Perception and Motor Systems
    Laboratory (PMSL), in the School of Human Movement Studies. This group
    is dedicated to the understanding of motor control with a special
    emphasis on the musculo-skeletal and neurophysiological mechanisms
    involved. Further information about the research of this group can be
    found here at the MOTOR CONTROL section

    A brief description of the experimental apparatus and the possible
    manipulation of intersegmental dynamics it provides can be found in the
    following publication:

    The project also includes model and simulations of the musculoskeletal
    system in collaboration with Dr Rahman Davoodi and his Musculoskeletal
    Modeling and Control Group (University of Southern California, USA):

    Essential Criteria: The successful applicant will have an honours or
    masters degree in exercise science, physiology, neuroscience,
    engineering or related discipline, and a strong background in human
    motor control, neurophysiology, or biomechanics. Excellent written and
    verbal communication skills are essential.

    Desirable Criteria: Prior experience with electromyography and
    peripheral or transcranial stimulation. Capacity for software
    development in the Matlab and Labview environments. Experience in signal

    Salary: The Scholarship covers fees and carries a standard annual
    stipend of $20,000 AUD (tax exempt).

    Preferred starting date: July 2008

    Duration of positions: funding is available for up to 3 years, with a
    possibility of further extension.

    Application: Please send expressions of interest (and a CV) by April
    25th via e-mail to:
    Dr Tim Carroll ( or Dr Aymar de Rugy