Applications are being considered for a funded MS assistantships in the Department of Biomechanics (coe.unomaha.edu/biomechanics) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The aim of the project is to characterize gait and balance impairments in people with Parkinsonís disease using body-worn inertial sensors. Training and mentoring will focus on biomechanics, motor control, and neuroscience.


REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should have a grasp of biomechanics with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Applicants with an engineering background and a strong interest in biomechanics and human movement will be preferred. Candidates should have a degree in kinesiology, biomechanics, engineering, sport science, physical therapy, or another closely related field.

SETTING: UNO is a Carnegie Doctoral Research public university. Enrollment is 15,395, which includes 12,705 undergraduates and 2,690 graduate students. The Biomechanics Research Building is located on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The two-story building boasts 23,000 square feet of laboratory, office and collaboration space. The new building features seven laboratories, patient evaluation room, changing rooms, machine shop, washroom, two conference rooms, data processing room, a library, numerous faculty offices and student workstations.

The Department of Biomechanics has strong ties with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Omaha Veteran Affairs Medical Center, the Creighton University Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Engineering. These strong relationships and the close proximity of these facilities provide the laboratory with immediate access to patients with neuromuscular disorders, clinicians in various domains, and engineers.

Omaha is a dynamic metropolitan area of 700,000 people and has been rated as one of the best environments for living in the nation. Forbes Magazine recently named Omaha as one of the top 15 regions in the nation Ė after analyzing both economic and quality of life factors. Omaha is also one of the top "eco-cities" in the nation based on air and water quality, open space and population stability according to "E" The Environmental Magazine. The city landscape is a blend of restored office buildings, boutiques, historic preservation sites, shopping malls, parks, and running/bike paths. The Old Market area is a popular destination for residents of Omaha and tourists. This neighborhood features shopping, art galleries, live entertainment and eclectic restaurants that are situated along the river.

UNO is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. UNO gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender-identity, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, religion, or political affiliation, disability or protected veteran status. This policy applies to all posted positions at UNO.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply: http://unomaha.peopleadmin.com/postings/8657

Dr. Carolin Curtze, Assistant Professor, ccurtze@unomaha.edu