The Movement Science Laboratory in the Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT is seeking highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition with a concentration in Biomechanics. Start date is Fall, 2017.

THE PROGRAM: The graduate program provides students with an interdisciplinary experience in biomechanics, with complimentary course work in exercise physiology, sport nutrition, research methods, and statistics. The program highly emphasizes research experience in the laboratory as well as gaining teaching experiences in undergraduate laboratory sections .

ASSISTANTSHIPS: Teaching assistantships are available to highly qualified students and are awarded based on students’ strengths and experiences. Responsibilities for assistantships typically include teaching laboratory sections of the undergraduate biomechanics or kinesiology courses, but may also include teaching anatomy and physiology laboratories or activity courses as opportunities allow. Assistantships come with a stipend and tuition waiver.

RESEARCH FOCUS: Current areas of interest in the laboratory include lower extremity biomechanics in relation to injury prevention and performance with a particular emphasis on running and sports biomechanics. The lab currently works with athletes and teams at the community/recreational, university, and elite/professional levels and performs research both in the laboratory and in the field. There are also numerous opportunities for collaborative biomechanics work with faculty studying both alpine and nordic skiing.

FACILITY: The Movement Science Laboratory is a 3,000 square foot facility equipped with a 12-camera motion capture system, multiple force plates, an extra-large wide belt treadmill for skiing or running, multiple wireless EMG systems, multiple plantar pressure systems, a six unit IMU system, isokinetic and hand held dynamometers, multiple high speed video cameras, and large monitors and projectors for real-time biofeedback. Both within the laboratory and through collaborations on campus students also have access to equipment for metabolic testing, body composition (BodPod and hydrostatic weighing), nutritional analysis, and a full machine shop for designing and building research equipment.

HOW TO APPLY: Information regarding the application process can be found on the Department’s website:

Application deadline is February 15th, 2017.

Prospective students should contact Dr. James Becker ( to discuss their research interests and whether they would be a good fit.