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PhD position in Biomechanics of Knee Arthroplasty Gait Patterns, Dalhousie University

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  • PhD position in Biomechanics of Knee Arthroplasty Gait Patterns, Dalhousie University

    PhD in Biomechanical Modeling of Gait Mechanics before and after Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery
    Dynamics of Human Motion laboratory, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

    We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a background (MASc, MSc or equivalent) in biomechanics, physiotherapy or related field with experience in human movement biomechanics and neuromuscular control studies to work within a vibrant multidisciplinary (biomedical engineering/biomechanics, physiotherapy, orthopedic surgery) Team devoted to improving musculoskeletal health.
    The studentship is funded through a CIHR-funded project entitled ‘An Objective Model of Joint and Muscle Function Outcome after Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery’. There is evidence that patient-specific biomechanical/neuromuscular factors that can be captured before and within knee replacement surgery may be used to predict post-operative function and outcome, and to inform pre and post-operative management. The PhD student will focus on capturing and modeling the relationships between pre and post-operative joint biomechanics and neuromuscular control, in an effort to identify subgroups of patients that would benefit from management strategies more tailored to their joint and muscle dynamics. Interest and experience in biomechanical and statistical modeling is an asset. The student will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of researchers and trainees that focuses on objective assessment across the spectrum of musculoskeletal health, from preventative strategies, early disease management, to improved surgical decision-making and outcome. Our foundation in biomedical science, but with strong links to clinic (orthopedic and physiotherapy) provides a multi-faceted research training opportunity. Terms: Available as early as September, 2014, with option for a January, 2015 start also

    Funding: Commensurate with experience, minimum of $19,000 CDN per annum
    Qualifications: Minimum a Master’s degree in engineering, physiotherapy, kinesiology or related fields. Expertise in 3D motion capture and electromyographic studies an asset. Please visit for full application details to the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie.

    Contact: Please send letter and CV with the names of two references to:
    Janie Astephen Wilson, PhD. Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Janie.Wilson@Dal.Ca, (902) 494-6950.

    Research Team: Janie Astephen Wilson (Biomedical Engineering); Cheryl Kozey (Physiotherapy/Biomedical Engineering); Derek Rutherford (Physiotherapy/Biomedical Engineering); Michael Dunbar (Orthopedics/Biomedical Engineering); Glen Richardson (Orthopedics).