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    Postdoctoral Researcher in Developmental Neuromotor Control
    University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology

    Principal Investigator: Beverly Ulrich
    Co-Investigators: Bernard Martin, Engineering, University of Michigan
    Vickie Moerchen, Physical Therapy, University of
    Wisconsin- Milwaukee

    Position Description: We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our NIH-funded studies of the sensorimotor development of infants born with spina bifida (SB). The overarching goal of this project is to create a foundation of basic information about the intrinsic sensorimotor capacities of infants with SB across the first year of postnatal life and their responsiveness to various forms of enhanced sensory input. These results will become the basis for designing clinical trials of the impact of treadmill intervention protocols on the development of neuromotor control and function. We are also preparing to submit a technology development grant to refine the infant reflex testing equipment we have built for this work and a new clinical intervention study protocol. The person to be hired will contribute to these efforts.
    We are using a body-weight supported treadmill stepping elicitation design to examine the capacity for infants with SB to produce steps over time, assessing both their kinematic and kinetic (EMG) behavior. We are testing the impact of multiple variations in the sensory input during treadmill stepping. We are also testing the use of vibration stimulation as a tool to determine the integrity of individual neuromotor pathways and as a possible tool for eliciting stepping patterns.
    Candidates should have a background in dynamic systems/complex systems, experience with motion capture and EMG systems, programming skills (MATLAB, LabVIEW), and have a Ph.D. in biomechanics, motor control/development, psychology, physical therapy, or a related discipline.

    Responsibilities: Devote 100% time to this project, assist in the recruitment of participants (through the U of M hospital and regional hospitals), co-lead the data collection team, help maintain the accuracy and integrity of technical equipment, coordinate data processing and management (including programming), present results of the research at conferences and contribute to publications.

    Applicants: Start date open, May 2009 to August 2009. Send cover letter, curriculum vita, and the contact information for three references to:

    Beverly D. Ulrich, Ph.D.
    Professor and Director: Developmental Neuromotor Control Lab
    School of Kinesiology
    University of Michigan
    401 Washtenaw Avenue, Romm 4745H
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214

    telephone: 734-936-1387
    fax: 734-936-1925