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Postdoctoral Position, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, Un Southern CA

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  • Postdoctoral Position, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, Un Southern CA

    Postdoctoral Research Associate in the COOR (Clinical biomechanics, Orthopaedic and sports Outcomes Research) Laboratory

    Description: The COOR Laboratory in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California is looking for a talented and highly motivated individual to join a funded project focused on effects and mechanisms of a standardized rehabilitation exercise program for patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears. The goal of this clinical trial is two-fold; to establish the feasibility and efficacy, and to assess the mechanisms associated with this rehabilitation program. The effects of this treatment approach will be assessed before and after treatment by measuring laboratory-based measurements of kinematics, electromyography, and tendon / muscle morphology, along with clinical-based measures of patient reported and performance-based outcomes. The postdoctoral research associate will be responsible for data collection of laboratory and clinical measures, assist in patient recruitment efforts, IRB-related approvals, communication with clinicians who will provide the standardized rehabilitation exercise program, data entry and analysis, and coordination of activities for the project. In addition, the post-doctoral associate will assist in writing research manuscripts and grants, and participate in other research activities as assigned.

    Dates: The position is open until filled. This is a 2-year appointment, with the initial appointment for 1 year and renewed based on performance. Review of applications will begin immediately.

    • A PhD in Engineering, Kinesiology, Biokinesiology, Rehabilitation Sciences, or a closed related field.
    • Evidence of establishing a track record of research publications
    • Excellent written and oral English language communication skills
    • Skills: Ability to work independently, highly organized, attention to detail, and ability to work with others to develop and maintain a productive work environment
    • Experience working with human subjects and/ or patients
    • Experience using motion capture system, kinesiological electromyography, diagnostic ultrasound, and/or computer programming (Matlab, LabView) is highly desired
    • Clinical training as a physical therapist or other healthcare provider is highly desired

    If interested, please email a letter of interest, current CV, and names of 3 references (names and contact information to include email) to:

    Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC
    Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research and COOR Laboratory
    Professor, Clinical Physical Therapy
    Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    University of Southern California
    1540 E. Alcazar Street, CHP 155 | Los Angeles, CA 90089