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  • Graduate position in Biomechanics ,USC Biomechanics Research Lab,Applications requested by Dec . 2009

    *Graduate Student Research Position in Biomechanics
    _*Reminder*_*: *Applications received by December 1, 2009 will receive
    consideration for university wide fellowship opportunities.

    *Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Director (*
    Biomechanics Research Laboratory
    University Park Campus
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

    Highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a doctoral
    degree in the /Biomechanics Research Laboratory/ at the University of
    Southern California are invited to apply. Please complete your online
    application through the following doctoral degree programs.
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Doctoral Program in
    Biomedical Engineering
    Department of Biological Sciences, Doctoral Program in Integrative

    Our research focuses on the mechanisms organisms use to generate and
    control momentum during functional movements. We integrate
    experimentation and modeling techniques to study control and dynamics of
    whole body or task oriented movements (e.g. elite athletes, musicians,
    individuals with spinal cord injury, extinct hyenas, T-Rex) in
    ecologically valid contexts (e.g. Olympic competition, workplace, home,
    research lab, geologically relevant environments).

    Instrumentation and computing resources in the Biomechanics Research
    Laboratory includes: multiple force plates (Kistler, Bertec),
    telemetered electromyography ( Konigsberg), 3D motion capture analysis
    software, high speed digital video cameras for impact analysis, high
    end multiprocessor computers for graphics, simulation, finite element,
    and modeling applications (ADAMS, Mechanical Dynamics, mimics), and
    multimedia teaching lab. Active collaborative relationships with Rancho
    Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Westwood VA Hospital, Colburn
    School of Music, Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, USC athletic
    teams and US National Governing Bodies of Sport.

    Strongest consideration will be given to highly motivated applicants
    with good communication and teamwork skills with an interest in
    identifying how organisms interact with their environment by using
    mechanics, neuromuscular control, and/or dynamic modeling. Courses often
    taken by doctoral students in biomechanics are offered within and
    outside the department in areas like biomedical engineering, integrative
    biology, computer science, physical therapy, mechanical engineering, and
    statistics. Doctoral students in may apply to become Teaching or
    Research Assistants and will receive stipends, health benefits, and
    tuition remission as part of their assistantships or fellowships.

    Los Angeles, California is a diverse and exciting place to live. The
    beach, mountains, and international culture provide a rich background
    for your development as a person and scientist.

    If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact
    me directly (

    *Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D. *
    Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Director
    Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Biological Sciences
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652, USA Phone: 213-740-7902 or by email
    ( )