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  • Funded PhD Student Position (Biomechanics and Sports Medicine), University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

    PhD Student – Biomechanics and Sports Medicine

    Division of Physical Therapy Education, Clinical Movement Analysis Lab (CMOVA), University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE


    The Division of Physical Therapy Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has an opening for a PhD student in a funded position to participate in a growing sports medicine research team representing collaborations between UNMC Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Radiology. The goals of our lab are to optimize biomechanical and functional outcomes in individuals with knee injuries, with a primary interest in the influence of these factors on the secondary development of osteoarthritis. Further details regarding our lab and ongoing projects can be found at the following links:

    https://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/research/wellsandt-lab/index.html
    https://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/research/projects/acl-walk/index.html
    https://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/research/wellsandt-lab/return-to-sport.html


    The position is available starting January 2021. The PhD degree will be through the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (https://www.unmc.edu/msia/) at UNMC. The PhD advisor will be Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Assistant Professor in UNMC’s Division of Physical Therapy Education and Director of the UNMC Clinical Movement Analysis Lab.

    Qualifications: Masters of Doctor of Physical Therapy (e.g. MPT, DPT) degree in physical therapy with an interest in sports medicine and clinical biomechanics. Excellent organizational, team and communication skills are necessary.

    Desirable Additional Skills: Experience with patient care, motion capture technology, human biomechanics, and scientific writing is preferred.

    Position Details: In addition to completing the required PhD curriculum requirements, the PhD student will assist with ongoing clinical research projects within the UNMC Clinical Movement Analysis Lab. Responsibilities will include assisting with data collection, processing and analyzing biomechanical, MRI, muscle strength, and physical activity data, writing and assisting with the preparation of grant applications and scientific manuscripts, and dissemination of research findings at scientific conferences. The student may also participate in teaching opportunities within the UNMC Division of Physical Therapy Education.



    University: The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is a major academic health science center in the Midwest. During the past year, UNMC brought in over $138 million in research funding. The Division of Physical Therapy Education in the College of Allied Health Professions is consistent a highly ranked program at the national level. The Clinical Movement Analysis Laboratory (CMOVA) is a center for innovative, clinical research in Nebraska. You will join a research team of enthusiastic clinicians and researchers dedicated to improving patient outcomes after musculoskeletal injuries and ensuring long-term active lifestyles and quality of life. Additional information can be found at https://www.unmc.edu/ and
    https://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/.

    If interested, please send your resume/CV and a brief description of your background and interests to Liz Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS at elizabeth.wellsandt@unmc.edu.

    Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    984420 Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, NE 68198-4420

    Phone: 402.559.4309
    Email: elizabeth.wellsandt@unmc.edu

    This announcement will remain open until October 1, 2020 or until the position is filled. Desired start date is January 2021.
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