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Assistant/Associate Professor in Biomechanics- University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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  • Assistant/Associate Professor in Biomechanics- University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking talented applicants qualified for a faculty position in the Kinesiology Department at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Biomechanics. Example areas of interest for scientific inquiry include musculoskeletal modeling, mechanics and energetics of human motion, and sensor development for motion analysis. Candidates at Assistant and Associate Professor ranks will be given equal consideration and evaluated with consideration of current rank and promise of continuing professional development and achievement. This is a full-time, tenure track, 9-month appointment with a competitive start-up package and salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience. In exceptional circumstances, an appointment at the level of Full Professor will be considered.
    The faculty appointment will be in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Establish and develop an active research program at UMass Amherst with an independent base of support using funds that may originate from diverse sources such as federal and state funding agencies, foundations, and industry collaborators
    • Teach relevant undergraduate and graduate level courses in Kinesiology (examples: Undergraduate & Graduate Biomechanics, Biophysical Signal Measurement and Analysis, Computer Simulation of Human Movement).
    • Oversee graduate theses and dissertations, undergraduate independent studies and honors projects
    • Serve on departmental, school and university committees, panels or boards, as assigned or based on interests

    Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in kinesiology or related field at the time of appointment. Potential areas of success include but are not limited to:
    • Musculoskeletal model/computer simulation of injury, aging, clinical populations
    • Mechanics and energetics of human motion
    • Musculotendon dynamics
    • Advanced imaging of tissue mechanics
    • Neuro-mechanical analysis of human performance
    • Sensor development for motion analysis

    Evidence supporting the candidate’s collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to research with experts in motor control, physiology, engineering, physical activity behavior change, and human health is a priority. Interpersonal and communication skills promoting such collaborations in research and program development are essential. At the rank of Assistant Professor, the successful candidate must have outstanding training and research productivity, and demonstrate the potential to secure extramural research funding to support the development of a successful independent research program. At the rank of Associate Professor, the successful candidate must have a record of scholarly and funding achievements sufficient to have gained national recognition among scholars or professionals in his or her field and must demonstrate the potential for continued productivity and maintenance of an externally-funded research program. Candidates at both ranks must demonstrate the potential for mentoring graduate students and teaching undergraduate courses in human movement biomechanics and graduate courses in his/her area of expertise.
    Additional Details
    STARTING DATE: September 1, 2019

    For more details about the university and to apply visit.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Required application materials include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research expertise and research goals, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three academic references. All materials must be submitted to Page Up online application portal.
    For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Louise Houlden at 413.545.6070 or
    For questions about the position, department or university in general, contact Dr. Katherine Boyer (413.545.1717,, Chair of the Search Committee for this position. Please indicate “Kinesiology Faculty Search” in the subject line of email correspondence.
    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
    We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.