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PhD Positions, Biomechanics, Univ. of S. Miss., Full Tuition Support, Stipend

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  • PhD Positions, Biomechanics, Univ. of S. Miss., Full Tuition Support, Stipend

    Due to recently approved Department of Defense funding, openings for two funded Biomechanics PhD positions (Research Assistantships) are available in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

    These positions are available to start immediately or as early as the fall 2017 semester. Graduate students will be enrolled in the biomechanics emphasis of the PhD in Kinesiology program within the School of Kinesiology, while receiving mentorship from multiple primary investigators with varied experience.
    The successful candidate will join the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory which focuses on (1) the investigation of blunt impact injury mechanisms primarily to the head and neck, but other body segments as well, and (2) developing strategies to mitigate impulsive forces to human tissue.

    Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
    Required Qualifications:
    • M.S. in Kinesiology (or like discipline: athletic training, exercise science, biomechanics etc.) – or – M.S. in Engineering (mechanical, biomedical or any relevant)
    • Desire to conduct impact biomechanics experiments
    • High self-motivation and persistence
    • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills
    • Good work ethic

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • M.S. in Kinesiology or M.S. in Engineering (mechanical, biomedical, or any relevant engineering)
    • Peer-reviewed conference or journal publications
    • Strong technical writing, presentation and communication skills
    • Proficiency in MATLAB
    • Proficiency on common biomechanical data acquisition techniques including (but not limited to): high-speed video, optical motion capture; and electromyography

    • $14,000-23,000 depending upon adviser and project
    • Full tuition scholarship and out of state waiver

    Interested students can contact either PI (Trent Gould, PhD or Scott Piland, PhD) at or to discuss the opportunity to join the laboratory as a PhD student and how to apply to the Graduate School.

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