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  • Doctoral Assistantships Available at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

    Athletic Training and Neuromechanics Doctoral Assistantships are Available at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA

    The Department of Kinesiology’s Neuromechanics Lab in the Biophysical Kinesiology concentration at Oregon State University is seeking qualified graduate students for the program. Faculty in our laboratory utilize an integrated approach that combines the classic sub-disciplines of biomechanics and motor control. Specifically, we are interested in how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system work together to produce human movement and the relationships between specific movement patterns and musculoskeletal health. The goal of the program is to develop a holistic understanding of the biological and physical aspects of human movement in the greater context of public health. Students will also gain 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. Students’ programs of study are tailored to meet individual interests. Coursework may encompass biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, research methods, public health, psychosocial kinesiology, engineering, and the life sciences. Assistantships are competitive, based on students’ strengths and experiences, include financial assistance, tuition remission, and health care. Assistantships may be based on research and/or teaching within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, including kinesiology courses, labs, and activity courses.

    Faculty areas of interest include
    Dr. Brown Crowell: sports-related lower extremity injuries, lower extremity joint instability, movement variability as it relates to injury occurrence.
    Dr. Johnson: understanding underlying neural mechanisms for improving explosive muscle performance, particularly as it relates to injury prevention and athletic performance.
    Dr. Norcross: lower extremity injury prevention, adoption and implementation of evidence-based best practices, injury surveillance.

    Students are trained in and use all lab equipment, including camera-based motion tracking systems, in-ground force platforms, surface electromyography, computerized dynamic posturography, dynamometry, and various analyses software.

    Applicants should have:
    1. A masters’ (or DPT) degree in one of the following fields: kinesiology, biomechanics, athletic training, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, or other exercise science related field if applying to the PhD program. Students with a bachelor’s degree may be considered for the PhD or MS degrees with appropriate qualifications.
    2. Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills including basic computer skills.
    3. Evidence of interest and experience in human subjects research, including motion analysis, clinical, or translational research.

    Interested applicants may obtain more information and application instructions by clicking on the specific degree program at the link:
    Application information is here:
    PhD in Biophysical Kinesiology (Neuromechanics) and Lab info is here:
    The OSU School of Biological and Population Sciences Department of Kinesiology website is here:

    Applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty directly before applying:

    Cathleen Brown Crowell PhD, ATC

    Sam Johnson PhD, ATC

    Marc Norcross PhD, ATC

    Please include a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, GPA and GRE scores, and 1 page statement of research interests when contacting faculty directly.
    The application deadline is December 15th, and admissions decisions are made by mid-January, so applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of the calendar year.