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  • Interdisciplinary Health Scineces Ph.D. Assistantship: Biomechanics

    Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship Available
    Interdisciplinary Health Sciences: Biomechanics Track

    Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

    The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences is currently accepting applications for one highly motivated graduate student desiring to earn a Ph.D. in our contemporary Interdisciplinary Health Sciencesdegree program with an emphasis in Biomechanics. The ideal candidate will have interests common to current biomechanics faculty, specifically, lower extremity function, variability of human movement, and performer strategies. Individuals with performance-based interests who are interested in extending their skill-sets to such theoretical frameworks are encouraged to apply. As well, individuals with strong interests and experience in concussion-related issues will also be considered.

    The selected applicant will work with faculty and other graduate students in biomechanics with the likelihood of collaborating with faculty from Engineering, Physical Therapy, Life Sciences, Nursing, and potentially our new School of Medicine faculty. The position includes a 9-month stipend ($18,500), as well as ~75% in-state tuition waiver and partial health insurance coverage. This position will commence Fall 2016.

    Biomechanics Laboratory:

    The Biomechanics Laboratory on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Main Campus, is a 3,100 square-foot research facility located in the Sports Injury Research Center (SIRC). It is designed for comprehensive mechanical and biophysical analyses of human movement. The main laboratory (1,500 square feet) is equipped with dual Kistler force platforms, a 10 camera Vicon motion capture system , an Alter G positive pressure treadmill, a Precor commercial grade treadmill, a Bertec balance platform, Noraxon wired and Delsys wireless eletromyographic equipment, a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer and numerous ancillary instruments (accelerometers, electrogoniometers).

    There are two additional laboratory spaces (800 square feet each) equipped with comparable equipment to the main biomechanics laboratory including three-dimensional motion capture systems (Vicon; 10 and 6 camera systems, respectively), three compact-sized multi-axial force platforms (AMTI) mounted flush to an elevated walkway, an 8-channel Delsys Trigno wireless EMG system, and a split-belt instrumented treadmill (Bertec) with incline and decline capabilities.

    Other ancillary instruments are also available across the laboratories: GaitRite walkway, Impact tester, Repeated impact tester, Body Comp measurement, etc.

    The SIRC is located near two parking lots that allow for handicapped parking and access to the building. Campus police are also located near the SIRC to ensure safety of all of our staff and study participants on a 24/hr, 7-day schedule.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    M.S. in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Exercise Science, Human Performance, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Physical Therapy or related field. Mechanical/quantitative aptitude as well as computer programming experience (ie., MatLab, Visual 3D) would be ideal. The ability to interact with a patient population is desirable. Excellent oral and written communications skills are expected. A strong work ethic along with a desire to learn are favorable attributes. Specific information about the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, including application procedures can be found at:

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV):
    In 1957, UNLV opened its first classroom and administration building, with 41 students and three faculty members. In the past 50 years, the university has developed into the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution with approximately 29,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff, and over 70 buildings. UNLV is one of eight institutions governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada System of Higher Education enrolls more than 90,000 students in a broad array of programs throughout the state of Nevada. UNLV offers four undergraduate certificates and degrees in 105 majors and graduate degrees in 116 majors with graduate certificates in 10 others. UNLV is located on an attractive 335-acre campus in metropolitan Las Vegas. The Carnegie Foundation categorizes UNLV as a “high research activity” institution. Recently, the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West organizations have taken up residence at UNLV. The University currently is embraced in a Top Tier initiative to move to the top Carnegie Foundation research level (from our current top 4.5% to the upper 2.5%). This is an active campus initiative.

    UNLV is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest region includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. In 2010, the university underwent a full-scale review and its accreditation was reaffirmed. UNLV is also a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

    Interested Individuals:

    For further information, please contact:

    J.S. Dufek, Ph.D., FACSM
    Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

    Affiliate Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator (KIN & IHS)
    4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 3034
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034
    p: 702.895.0702; f: 702.895.1500