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  • Biomechanics/Athletic Training Doctoral Research/TeachingAssistantships are Available at the University of Georgia

    The Biomechanics specialization, in Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia, is seeking qualified graduate students for the program. Dr. Kathy Simpson and Dr. Cathy Brown, directors of the UGA Biomechanics Laboratory, offer research experiences in lower extremity injury and sports biomechanics. The M.S. and Ph.D. specializations in biomechanics are research programs designed for advanced study and research related to the application of mechanical principles to human performance. The degrees may lead to careers in allied health occupations, corporate biomechanics, laboratory research, teaching, and college/university teaching and research.

    Assistantships are competitive, based on students’ strengths and experiences, include financial assistance, and may include tuition remission. Most are 1 year in length and are renewable. Assistantships may be based on research and/or teaching within the department, including exercise science courses, labs, and activity courses.

    Faculty areas of interest include running and dance injuries, prosthetics, sports-related knee and ankle injuries, and lower extremity joint instability. Students are trained in and use all equipment, including camera-based and electromagnetic motion tracking systems, in-ground force plates, surface electromyography, computerized dynamic posturography, dynamometry, and various analyses software. Classes are focused on methods, instrumentation, research procedures, statistics, and other special topics.

    Applicants should have:
    1. A masters’ (or DPT) degree in one of the following fields: biomechanics, athletic training, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, or other exercise science related field.
    Note: If a student is applying for the MS degree in Biomechanics, an undergraduate degree in one of the categories above is required.

    2. Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills including basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet management, etc.)

    3. Evidence of interest and experience in human subjects research, including motion analysis, clinical, or translational research.

    Interested applicants may obtain more information at the UGA Biomechanics Laboratory website:

    and the UGA Department of Kinesiology website:

    or by contacting the faculty:

    Cathy Brown, PhD, ATC Assistant Professor

    Kathy Simpson, PhD, Associate Professor

    Application decisions are made by January, so applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of the calendar year. Applications are available online at