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    Post-doctoral Position Available:
    Control of Posture and Movement
    Using Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation
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    Location: Neural Control Laboratory
    (http://www.uky.edu/RGS/CBME/neurctrl.html)
    Center for Biomedical Engineering
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40506-0070

    Primary Responsibilities:
    Design/evaluation of adaptive controllers for
    Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation systems:
    computer simulation studies
    experiments on human subjects

    Qualifications:
    Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or related field

    Research in the Neural Control Laboratory is primarily directed at the
    design and evaluation of systems to restore control of posture and
    movement to individuals with neuromotor disorders. The program focuses
    on the development of controllers for systems that utilize electrical
    stimulation to activate paralyzed muscles. The Neural Control Laboratory

    is equipped with facilities for simulation studies (SGI Workstation with

    SIMM/SDFAST dynamic musculoskeletal modeling software) as well as
    experimental studies (computer-controlled neuromuscular stimulators,
    several PC's, custom-developed real-time adaptive control software,
    several sensor systems for biomechanical measurements). The Laboratory
    is currently involved in research projects funded by The National
    Institutes of Health , The Whitaker Foundation and The University of
    Kentucky.

    The post-doctoral scholar will work with Dr. Abbas, a full-time engineer

    and graduate students to develop and evaluate adaptive control schemes
    for use with Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation (FNS) systems. This
    work addresses the need to customize stimulation patterns for individual

    users as well as to adjust stimulation to account for fatigue. The
    research work will utilize extensive computer simulation studies as well

    as experiments on human subjects. Applicants should have research
    interests and skills in the areas of rehabilitation engineering, neural
    systems, adaptive control systems, neural networks and/or biomechanics.


    For further information or to apply for this position, contact:
    James J. Abbas, Ph.D.
    Center for Biomedical Engineering
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40506-0070
    email: abbas@pop.uky.edu
    Tel.: 606-257-4261
    Fax: 606-257-1856
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