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PhD Assistantships - U of Northern Colorado, School Of Sport and Exercise Science

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  • PhD Assistantships - U of Northern Colorado, School Of Sport and Exercise Science

    The Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Northern Colorado is pleased to announce the availability of multiple doctoral positions starting Fall 2020. The biomechanics program is designed to be completed within three years, and consists of coursework primarily in biomechanics and research methods & design. However, students will also be encouraged to take complimentary coursework in areas such as exercise physiology, sport sociology and psychology, statistics, and computer programming. In addition to coursework, students will be expected to be involved in a variety of on-going research projects within the Biomechanics Laboratory. The Biomechanics program is part of the School of Sport and Exercise Science and is actively supported by four faculty members: Drs. Gary Heise, Abbie Ferris, Jeremy Smith, and Sara Winges.

    Dr. Ferris is seeking a doctoral student to continue research on lower extremity socket fit and design on functional ability of individuals with amputation.
    Dr. Smith is seeking a student to pursue research related to the effects of cancer treatments on postural stability and locomotion.
    Dr. Winges is seeking a doctoral student with interest in research projects focused on skilled hand movements such as playing of musical instruments and texting and/or interest in upper limb function during whole body movements, i.e. gait.

    For further information on the research focuses of faculty in the biomechanics program please visit the following pages:

    Abbie Ferris, Ph.D.
    Jeremy Smith, Ph.D.
    Sara Winges, Ph.D.

    UNC Biomechanics Lab:

    Admissions Criteria:
    The primary considerations for admission include:
    1) Research interest and potential match with faculty advisor(s)
    2) Research experience of the applicant
    3) Obtained a master’s degree before fall 2020
    4) Academic background (with emphasis on physics, mechanics, programming and mathematics)
    5) Quantitative and verbal GRE scores.

    At the doctoral level, it is important that the student and mentor have similar research interests in order for the education and training of the student to be as successful as possible. Thus, the most important consideration given to any applicant will be the research interest. Students with backgrounds in biology, physics, engineering, and/or exercise science are encouraged to apply. The graduate school’s admission criteria can be found at ( However, note that although the minimum requirements for the graduate school with regards to the GRE are a combined score of at least 297, the biomechanics program generally prefers to see quantitative scores on the GRE in at least the 150s.

    Successful candidates will receive tuition reimbursement and financial support (maximum of three years). Teaching assistants are expected to contribute to undergraduate lab instruction in Biomechanics and Anatomical Kinesiology. Teaching experience in these areas would be beneficial, but is not required. In addition to the teaching responsibilities, students on assistantship will be expected to be continuously involved in ongoing research in the lab.
    Teaching assistantships require a separate application from the graduate school’s admission application. The TA application is available through the school’s website or by clicking the hyperlink in this message.
    If you have any questions regarding the position or application procedures, please contact the faculty who you would like to work with directly. Contact information for faculty can be found here: