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    Hello all,

    I am currently searching for a postdoctoral researcher to work on an
    NSF-funded project at UMass Amherst investigating morphological and
    energetic factors in the evolution of bipedalism. The successful
    candidate will help develop musculoskeletal models and will use computer
    simulation and optimization techniques to test questions regarding the
    roles of morphological adaptation and energy cost in the origins and
    evolution of hominin bipedalism. The early stages of the project will
    focus on modeling bipedal locomotion in the chimpanzee, and later stages
    will include modeling locomotion in moderns humans and extinct human
    ancestors. This project is being pursued in collaboration with
    colleagues from the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook
    University (New York), where a complementary experimental study is
    underway. The position will require occasional travel to the Stony Brook
    site (~ 3 hr away). The initial appointment is for two years, with the
    possibility of reappointment for an additional two years.

    Applicants should have completed a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant
    field of study (e.g., biology, engineering, anthropology, kinesiology,
    physics, mathematics). Other desirable qualifications include a
    background in biomechanics, anatomy, musculoskeletal modeling,
    evolutionary theory, and/or physiology. In particular, applicants from
    the life sciences will need to have some knowledge of mechanics and
    computer programming, while applicants from engineering or the physical
    sciences will need to have some background in anatomy, and an interest
    in evolutionary biology. Interested parties should contact me directly
    via email ( to find out more about the position.

    Best regards,

    Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to
    apply. The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action / Equal
    Opportunity Employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its
    faculty, student body, and curriculum.

    Brian Umberger, Ph.D.
    Locomotion Research Group
    Department of Kinesiology
    University of Massachusetts
    Amherst, MA 01003-9258, USA
    ph: 1.413.545.1436
    fx: 1.413.545.2906