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MS/PhD Studentships and Graduate Assistantship positions -- Fall 2013

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  • MS/PhD Studentships and Graduate Assistantship positions -- Fall 2013

    Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA
    The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility at the University of Nebraska at Omaha ( has several potential positions available to pursue an MS/PhD degree for the Fall of 2013. The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility was established for the purpose of developing a new understanding of the dynamical aspects of human movement. The laboratory is a flourishing enterprise where engineers, scientists and clinicians get together to gain additional insights on healthy and abnormal movement patterns. The laboratory uses techniques from biology, engineering and mathematics to understand the human movement variability. Research projects in the lab range from analysis of infant postural development to efficacy of robotic surgical skills training. Please be aware, the deadline for application to Graduate Studies Programs for the fall semester is April 1st for international students and June 1st for US applicants. The program is available through the University of Nebraska at Omaha and features tracks in biomechanics and motor development and control (

    DEGREES OFFERED: The two degrees offered are MS and PhD.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: There are a variety of graduate assistantship positions available for research assignments. Duties include subject recruitment, data collection and processing for research and laboratory maintenance. Research projects can range from state and federally funded projects to academic research pursuits. Students can choose different avenues of research under different advisors: Dr. Nick Stergiou (human movement variability with special focus on sitting posture in infants, locomotor and postural patterns in healthy and in pathological populations including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, pulmonary dysfunctions and peripheral arterial disease), Dr. Sara Myers (peripheral arterial disease, cognitive loading and aging locomotion, and human movement variability), or Dr. Mukul Mukherjee (upper extremity motor control and learning, stroke, rehabilitation robotics and effect of visual perception on locomotor adaptation).

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: BS or MS in Motor Control, Psychology, Exercise Science, Biology, Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering or related field. Experiences with computer programming (e.g. MatLab, LabView, C++), biomechanics data collection and professional writing skills are preferred.

    SETTING : The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility is located at the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus that is in the heart of the Omaha metropolitan area. As of August 2013, the NBCF will be housed in the state of the art Biomechanics Research Building (currently under construction). This 23,000 square foot building is completely dedicated to biomechanics research and will contain six laboratories as well as house all faculty, staff and students. Equipment available includes four high speed motion capture systems (Motion Analysis Co., Motion Engineering, Peak Performance and Northern Digital Inc.), multiple force platforms (AMTI and Kistler), wireless EMG system (Delsys), two isokinetic dynamometers (Biodex), a split-belt, force instrumented treadmill (Bertec), a virtual reality simulation environment, two body weight support systems (LiteGait), an foot pressure system (Tekscan), an instrumented staircase, an INMOTION2 robot for upper-extremity rehabilitation (Interactive Motion Technology) and numerous smaller pieces of equipment. We also have an entire data collection station with a virtual reality environment in our Medical Center specifically dedicated to Robotic Surgical Learning and Education. Our laboratory has strong ties with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Omaha Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, the Creighton University Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln College of Engineering. These strong relationships and the close proximity of these facilities provide the laboratory with immediate access to patients with neuromuscular disorders, clinicians in various domains, and engineers.

    Omaha is a dynamic metropolitan area of 800,000 people and has been rated as one of the best environments for living in the nation. Forbes Magazine recently named Omaha as one of the top 15 regions in the nation – after analyzing both economic and quality of life factors. Omaha is also one of the top "eco-cities" in the nation based on air and water quality, open space and population stability according to "E" The Environmental Magazine. The city landscape is a blend of restored office buildings, boutiques, historic preservation sites, shopping malls, parks, and running/bike paths. The Old Market area is a popular destination for residents of Omaha and tourists. This neighborhood features shopping, art galleries, live entertainment and eclectic restaurants that are situated along the river. Each June Omaha hosts one of the top National Collegiate Athletic Association events - the NCAA College World Series. Fans across the country come to Omaha to watch the winners of eight regional tournaments battle for the NCAA men's baseball championship. Recently the Henry Doorly Zoo was ranked #1 in the nation by

    APPLICATIONS: For further information, including application forms for both admission to graduate study and an assistantship, please contact Dr. Stergiou, Dr. Myers or Dr. Mukherjee

    Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility
    University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0216.
    Fax. 402-5543693

    Nick Stergiou, Ph.D.
    Tel. 402-5543247

    Sara A. Myers, Ph.D.
    Tel. 402-5543246

    Mukul Mukherjee, Ph.D.
    Tel. 402-5543351