The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL)/Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory (WHPRC) has an immediate opening for a doctoral graduate student research assistantship. This is an excellent opportunity to join a DoD-funded research team focused on the neurobiological mechanisms of physical training adaptations and resilience. The NMRL/WHPRC is a state-of-the-science 11,600ft2 facility with innovative techniques to study molecular, cellular, tissue, neuromechanical, and physiological aspects of human performance optimization and injury prevention. The doctoral student will have opportunities to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary laboratory while leveraging world-class education and research experiences at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Flanagan’s current research uses non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS) and neuroimaging (EEG, MRI, fMRI, DTI) techniques with additional capabilities in biochemistry, non-invasive motor unit array decomposition (dEMG); psychometrics; and strength, sensorimotor, and fitness assessment. Through collaborative opportunities with leading experts at Pitt, an enterprising doctoral student would also have opportunities to learn or expand expertise related to transcriptomics, proteomics, or muscle biology.
We are seeking creative and highly-motivated students with strong critical thinking and potential to pursue independent and team-based research within the School and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Applicants should send: 1) a cover letter with summary of research experience and interests; 2) current contact information for three potential references; and 3) curriculum vitae including publications in PDF format
Candidates must have: 1) master’s degree in a neuroscience- or exercise physiology-related field with evidence of interest in both disciplines; 2) desire to work with human subjects/samples; 3) excellent English verbal and written communication skills. Publication record preferred. The successful candidate is expected to work independently and as part of a team, initiate involvement in laboratory projects, and have a strong enthusiasm for learning and developing new experimental approaches.
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About University of Pittsburgh - Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
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.