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Graduate opportunity in Clinical Biomechanics/Neurorehab (University of Toronto)

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  • Graduate opportunity in Clinical Biomechanics/Neurorehab (University of Toronto)

    Dr Avril Mansfield is seeking an MSc- or PhD-level graduate student to join her team in September 2015. The student will be based at either the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute or Sunnybrook Research Institute. S/he will conduct research in the general area of enabling safe independent mobility for older adults and/or individuals with neurologic conditions, such as stroke. Potential research projects could include: 1) using ‘perturbation training’ to improve reactive balance control and prevent falls; 2) exploring the relationship between variability and dynamic stability during walking; or 3) determining if ‘error’ during practice of a balance task improves or hinders learning.

    The successful candidate will have a primary degree in kinesiology or a related field. Previous experience with research involving human participants is an asset. The student’s stipend will be supported by Dr Mansfield’s existing grants; however, the student will be also expected to apply for competitive external scholarships (e.g., NSERC/CIHR). International students are usually not eligible to apply for such scholarships within Canada; therefore, only Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be considered.

    Interested applicants should contact Dr Mansfield ( as soon as possible to discuss this opportunity. The successful candidate will need to apply for admission to the Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto (deadline 1 July 2015).

    For more information, please visit the links below:
    Applying to the Rehabilitation Science Institute, University of Toronto:
    Research facilities and resources available at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute:
    The Mobility Team:
    Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery at the Sunnybrook Research Institute:

    Avril Mansfield, PhD
    Scientist, Mobility Team, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network
    Affiliate Scientist, Brain Sciences Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
    Assistant Professor (status only), Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto