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Doctoral Assistantships in Neuromechanics at Oregon State University

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  • Doctoral Assistantships in Neuromechanics at Oregon State University

    The College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University is actively recruiting highly motivated applicants interested in pursuing a Doctoral degree in Neuromechanics beginning in the Fall of 2012. Individuals with previous work and clinical experience in athletic training or physical therapy are highly encouraged to apply.

    The study of Neuromechanics at Oregon State University combines the classic sub- disciplines of Biomechanics and Motor Control. Specifically, we are interested in how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system work cooperatively to produce human movement; and the relationships between specific movement patterns and musculoskeletal health.

    The program is structured as one of the graduate areas of concentration within Exercise and Sport Science and our mission is to provide students with training and practical experience in the basic tools and methods needed to be successful in researching human movement; whether in clinical, occupational, or sport applications. Coursework in the program thus encompasses biomechanics, motor control, other areas of exercise science, engineering, life sciences, and research methods. The program is flexible and can be tailored to meet individual interests.
    Additionally, the aim of the PhD program is to develop academic scholars specifically trained to independently design, conduct, and disseminate cutting-edge research. As such, there is a heavy emphasis on research training, as well as on academic professional development. Doctoral students in Neuromechanics are encouraged to perform their dissertation research in one of the current areas of research focus. Thus, the degree to which an applicant’s interests and experience relate to one of these areas and faculty expertise is considered in the admissions process. The current research foci of the Neuromechanics faculty and more detailed program information can be found at:

    In addition to competitive assistantship packages (stipend, tuition remission, health insurance, etc.) offered by the Neuromechanics faculty, the Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program provides funding to attract exceptional graduate students to Oregon State University. Details regarding this program are located at:

    As one of only two American universities to hold the Land-, Sea-, Sun-, and Space-Grant designations, OSU is the only Oregon institution recognized for its “very high research activity” (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is Oregon’s largest public research university, conducting more than 60 percent of the research funded throughout the state’s university system. It is located in Corvallis, a community of 53,000 situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges, and the urban amenities of the Portland metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis.

    For more information, please contact:

    Marc Norcross, PhD, ATC
    Assistant Professor in Exercise and Sport Science