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    The biomechanics research group at Old Dominion University includes
    collaborations in the departments of human movement science, physical
    therapy and mechanical engineering. Additionally, we collaborate with the
    Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, the Naval Medical Center
    Portsmouth and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Together, we have a Sports
    Medicine Research Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, Dynamic Environment
    Simulation Laboratory, Computational Biomechanics Laboratory and a Medical
    and Healthcare Modeling and Simulation Cluster, in which collaborative
    research is conducted across all aforementioned disciplines. We conduct in
    vivo and in vitro testing, as well as modeling and simulations. Our
    laboratory capabilities include comprehensive motion analysis, experimental
    simulations of dynamic impact, in vitro testing facilities, finite element
    and rigid body modeling capabilities. We have three Ph.D. studentships in
    1) Human Movement Science, 2) Physical Therapy and 3) Mechanical
    Engineering. All positions provide a stipend and tuition assistance, and
    begin in the fall of 2008. A detailed description for each position and
    appropriate contact information for submission of your vita and cover
    letter are below. Review of applications will begin immediately.

    1) Human Movement Science:

    The Human Movement Science Doctoral Program in the Department of Exercise
    Science, Sport, Physical Education and Recreation is seeking highly
    motivated individuals who are interested in pursuing a doctorate.
    Applicants should have an interest in applied kinesiology research,
    athletic training education concerns or clinical outcomes related to manual
    therapy; be willing to develop a research agenda in the area of lower
    extremity injury management/prevention, athletic training education,
    clinical outcomes, and postural control/gait/strength analysis within the
    physically active population (e.g., military and athletes). Applicants
    willing to help seek external funding are highly desired.

    Position Description:

    • Teaching and Research Assistant for associated faculty within the
    ESPER Department.

    • Assistant Lab Manager: Sports Medicine Research Laboratory (either
    the Motion Analysis Division or Sensory/Motor Analysis Division) or Applied
    Anatomy Laboratory

    2 years experience as an ATC, PT, PA, CSCS or with research experience in
    the biomechanics/clinical outcomes/athletic training education field,
    earned masters degree, previous experience in research and interest in
    mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

    Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC
    Director, Human Movement Science Doctoral Program

    James Onate, PhD, ATC
    Director, Sports Medicine Research Laboratory

    2) Physical Therapy:

    The Biomechanics Laboratory at the Department of Physical Therapy is
    anticipating an opening for a part time research assistant (20 hours per
    week). The candidate should hold a Masters degree in either Biomechanics,
    Motor Control, Movement Science or Bioengineering.

    Experience working in a biomechanics or Motor control laboratory facility
    is desired but not mandatory. The position will require the ability to
    efficiently collect and analyze a variety of kinematic, kinetic and
    electrophysiological measures including force plate, accelerometer, surface
    EMG, goniometers, and segmental motions. Programming skills in LabView and
    MATLAB are highly desired. The candidate should be familiar with
    conducting human research during a variety of movement tasks. Preference
    will be given to candidates with experience in working on postural control
    and locomotion projects. The candidate should be a highly motivated
    individual, capable of working both independently and as part of the
    research team within the laboratory.

    Please submit a cover letter and a vita by:
    Dr Steven Morrison
    Director of Research
    School of Physical Therapy
    Ph: (757) 683 6757
    Fax: (757) 683 4410

    3) Mechanical Engineering

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering is searching for a Ph.D. student
    to work on a project in collaboration with the department of orthopedic
    surgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, to study foot and ankle
    kinematics. A minimum of a B.S. in mechanical or biomedical engineering or
    a related field is required, a masters degree is desired. The position
    will require collection of in vivo and in vitro data, an understanding of
    kinematics and optimization. Programming skills in Matlab are desired.
    Teaching and/or grading of undergraduate classes may be necessary.

    Please contact:
    Stacie I. Ringleb, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Ph: (757) 686-6230

    Stacie I. Ringleb, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor
    Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center
    Old Dominion University
    1030 University Blvd.
    Suffolk, VA 23435
    phone: (757) 686-6230
    fax: (757) 686-6214