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  • Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Top Tier Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D.) Available
    Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

    The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences is currently accepting applications for a highly motivated graduate student desiring to earn a Ph.D. in our contemporary Interdisciplinary Health Sciences degree program, with an emphasis in Biomechanics. The ideal candidate for this position will have interests in clinical biomechanics, with a primary focus on addressing movement challenges present in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Ancillary interests and/or previous research in neurophysiology, rehabilitation, single-subject design, performance strategies or statistics will be viewed favorably. Individuals with research interests across any of these areas who desire to augment or extend their skill-sets to include theoretical frameworks are encouraged to apply.

    The selected applicant will work closely with the PI and other collaborating faculty as well as other undergraduate and graduate students in biomechanics and closely related disciplines. It is highly likely that the successful applicant will also collaborate with faculty from Engineering, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and potentially our new School of Medicine faculty. This 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 2017, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years.

    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 moveable 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 systems, a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer and numerous ancillary instruments (accelerometers, electrogoniometers, etc.).

    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 along a 10m 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 available among the laboratories including a GaitRite instrumented walkway, impact tester, repeated impact tester, and body composition measurement systems. The laboratory also has an elevated walkway with a plexiglass window as well as access to physiological measurement systems.

    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) and understanding of statistics would be ideal. The ability to interact with a patient population is desirable. Excellent oral and written communication 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: Review of inquiries will begin immediately and will continue until the successful applicant is identified.

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

    Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities.
    The university is committed to enhancing efforts to attract and retain top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.

    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 and is a Minority Serving Institution.

    Interested Individuals:

    Please direct a statement of interest, as well as your curriculum vita to:
    J.S. Dufek, Ph.D., FACSM
    Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    Associate Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences
    4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 3034
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034
    p: 702.895.0702; f: 702.895.1500