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Post Doctoral Position at the University of Montreal: skin versus bone kinematics.

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    Post Doctoral Position at the University of Montreal: skin versus bone kinematics. How medical imaging can help in improving motion analysis.

    The Simulation and Modelling of Movement group has developed an upper-limb kinematic model based on skin markers. Gold standard trials with intra-cortical pins have recently been collected to quantify the accuracy of the model. Since CT-scans are also available for the participants several hypotheses have to be tested about joint centre locations, skin movement artefacts, joint kinematics in daily living tests and sports activities, etc. A complementary project is the use of bi-planar X-ray to personalize the kinematical chain of the lower-limb. A numerical approach has been developed to estimate in the same time the skeleton kinematics and the soft tissue movements. The objective will be to calculate joint torque based on that wobbling mass model in comparison to rigid bodies.
    The lab is equipped with 18 camera Vicon system, force plates, EMG, a Con-Trex multijoint isokinetic dynamometers, 6-dof force sensors, etc. In average 12 graduate and 15 undergraduate students are trained each year. A postdoc student and a programmer are also involved in the research projects. The lab has several collaborators in engineering schools, hospital (orthopaedic surgeons), and sports institutes. Everybody uses to speak french and english.

    Required qualifications:
    - Strong publication track record
    - Strong written and oral English communication skills
    - Multibody system kinematics
    - Optimization (linear and nonlinear with constraints)
    - Programming experience in Matlab

    Desired qualifications:
    - Shoulder kinematics
    - Multibody system dynamics
    - Musculoskeletal modeling
    - Human subject study design
    - Image processing

    - Initially a 1-year appointment, likely starts February 1st, 2013.
    - Possible extension of 1 additional year dependent on performance and available funding

    Application materials:
    - Cover letter (2-page maximum)
    - CV
    - Letters of reference preferred, or contact info of references
    - Sample publication with clearly stated individual contributions
    - Graduate transcripts

    Application Closing Date: January 15, 2013
    Contact for applications: Mickael Begon, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology