The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL)/Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory (WHPRC) in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is recruiting for a highly motivated post-doctoral position to help support funded DoD research studying the physiological mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal adaptations to military and exercise training with a particular focus on injury risk mitigation. Particular expertise is sought in either muscle, bone, endocrine biomarkers, neurobiology, and/or biomechanics and motor control. Our multi-disciplinary group has expertise in exercise physiology, neuroendocrinology, neurobiology, biomechanics and motor control, nutrition, epidemiology, systems biology and machine learning.
The NMRL/WHPRC is a state-of-the-science laboratory encompasses 11,600 square feet of space and features state-of-the-science capabilities in exercise physiology, bone adaptation and morphology (HRpQCT and DEXA), neurobiology, exercise biochemistry, proprioception, postural stability, and strength and performance assessments. The mission of the NMRL/WHPR is mitigate musculoskeletal injuries and optimize human performance by conducting innovative, multi-disciplinary, basic and applied research providing evidence and translating scientific knowledge; enhancing clinical decisions and education. This research will lead to improved quality of life and resiliency in athletic, military and active populations. Our vision is to be internationally recognized as a premier academic research center and its faculty as thought leaders in musculoskeletal injury prevention and human performance optimization.
For more information on the University of Pittsburgh NMRL/WHPRC see http://www.nmrl.pitt.edu/. To apply, send statement of purpose, CV, 3 representative publications and names for 3 references to Bradley C. Nindl, Ph.D., FACSM, Professor and Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About University of Pittsburgh
The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center (NMRL) is the applied research facility of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.Since 1990, the NMRL has initiated research in the areas of proprioception and neuromuscular control, in an attempt to answer many of the questions regarding the role of capsuloligamentous structures in the pathoetiology of joint injury. The objectives of our research has been to study comprehensive profiles of an individual's function by evaluating both the sensory and motor characteristics specific to musculoskeletal injury and pathology. Biomechanical and neuromuscular assessments under sports-simulated environments are used to determine specific variables including investigating the influence of weight distribution, muscle function, balance, flexibility, proprioception, gender, aging, and fatigue, as well as the effects of injury, surgery, and rehabilitation on joint stability. Deficiencies in body mechanics and muscle function are used to develop programs, not only to improve performance, but also minimize potential for injury.... We have also applied the sports injury prevention and performance enhancement model to the United States military in our Department of Defense (DoD) research. The NMRL, particularly the Warrior Human Performance Research Center, provides administrative and technical oversight of DoD research. Technical responsibilities include data processing and management; database entry of laboratory, injury, and nutrition data; analysis of food records; development of testing protocols; piloting of new testing protocols; and collection of athletic model data. The NMRL is staffed by multidisciplinary research faculty and graduate students including athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, bioengineers, biomechanists, registered dietitians, medical doctors and epidemiologists.