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    Postdoctoral Position 2018
    Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California

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

    Description: The COOR Laboratory in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California seeks a postdoctoral associate with interests in shoulder and clinical outcomes research. We are seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join the lab for:
    1- A funded project focused on characterizing the mechanisms and effects of exercise and manual therapy to include spinal manipulation for patients with rotator cuff disease. Specifically, we are looking to examine the muscle coordination and brain processes (via fMRI), and the relationship to patient outcomes.
    2- Assessment of throwing and hitting athletes. We are currently have a funded study to examine the risk factors and mechanisms associated with shoulder and elbow injuries in baseball.

    Both projects will involve assessing patients and athletes with a variety of measures to include kinematics, electromyography, tendon morphology, and fMRI, as well as clinically-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/ participant efforts, IRB-related approvals, communication with clinicians and other members of the research team, 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.

    PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, Engineering, Kinesiology, Biokinesiology, or closely related field
    Evidence of establishing a track record of research publications
    Excellent written and oral English language communication 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 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
    Tel: 323-442-0247 | Fax: 323.442.1515