The Muscle Function & Locomotion Lab / Biomechanics Lab within the Kinesiology Department at Penn State University has an opening for a funded PhD position available Fall 2018.

Our laboratory is aimed at identifying the fundamental mechanical and energetic mechanisms that govern muscle function during locomotion. Current projects include 1) musculoskeletal adaptation to load stimulus during growth (animal model); 2) locomotor optimization; 3) wearable robotics / exoskeleton research (human and animal model). Our research integrates experimental and modeling approaches and draws on both human and comparative studies. We utilize a range of techniques and experimental set-ups including 3D motion capture/force analyses, metabolic energetics, musculoskeletal modeling, dynamic ultrasound, emg, direct muscle and tendon mechanics, and custom force-instrumented treadmill capabilities. Many of our projects have implications for clinical and rehabilitation science.

The Penn State Department of Kinesiology houses a world class program in Biomechanics and Motor Control, and provides a scientifically and intellectually stimulating environment in which to learn.

Candidates with a background in biomechanics and/or muscle mechanics (kinesiology, biomedical/mechanical engineering, physiology, zoology, or other related areas) are preferred. Strong experimental skills in muscle mechanics, physiology, human/animal gait analysis are strongly desired. Strong computational and programming skills (Matlab or similar) are also advantageous.

Competitive support packages are available to highly qualified students.

Contact Information:
For more information contact Jonas Rubenson, PhD;
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