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    Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics Lab - Colorado State University
    The Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics Laboratory at Colorado State University ( has a position available to pursue a PhD degree beginning Fall 2010. The Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics laboratory mission is to explore how physical activity (human movement) can be used to prevent/treat childhood and adult obesity and other chronic diseases. We use an integrative approach to study physical activity by combining exercise physiology, biomechanics and engineering in our research.  Research projects in the lab include studying the effects of obesity on the energetics/mechanics of walking to the development of physical activity monitoring devices.
    DEGREES OFFERED: PhD in Human Bioenergetics ( or Biomedical Engineering (
    RESPONSIBILITIES: The graduate assistantship duties include subject recruitment, data collection/processing and manuscript preparation for our NIH funded research into the effects of obesity on the energetics and biomechanics of gradient walking.
    QUALIFICATIONS:  A B.S. or M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Psychology, Exercise Science, Biology or related field. Experience with computer programming (MatLab, LabView, C++) is required and experience with biomechanics data collection (Vicon Nexus), musculoskeletal modeling (OpenSim) preferred. Professional writing skills are also necessarySETTING : The Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics Lab is located at the Colorado State University main campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is housed in the state of the art Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory (HPCRL) facility and includes a digital motion capture system (Vicon), dual-belt inclinable force measuring treadmill (Bertec), portable metabolic cart (Oxycon Mobile), multiple inertial measurement units (Xsens), a variety of physical activity monitoring devices and numerous networking computers.  In addition, the HPCRL serves as a center for interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach efforts that address the etiology, prevention, intervention and treatment of major chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and degenerative conditions associated with aging.   Fort Collins is a dynamic community of 150,000 people and has been rated as one of the best places to live in the U.S.
    APPLICATIONS:  For further information please contact:

    Ray Browning, Ph.D.
    Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics Laboratory
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1582
    Tel.  970-491-5868