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PhD Position -- Saint Louis University -- Orthopedic Biomechanics and Imaging Team

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  • PhD Position -- Saint Louis University -- Orthopedic Biomechanics and Imaging Team

    Dr. Patrick Corrigan is currently looking for a PhD student to join the Orthopedic Biomechanics and Imaging Team in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Saint Louis University (SLU). The successful candidate will participate in research projects aligned with the team’s mission, which is to improve outcomes for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions by developing novel treatment strategies and improving our understanding of biomechanical, structural, and neurophysiological mechanisms that explain patient outcomes. While current projects are largely focused on knee osteoarthritis and lower extremity tendon injuries, the student’s projects may be tailored to their interests and goals.
    The expected start date is August 2023.

    • B.S. or M.S. in engineering, biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise science, or related field
    • Excellent communication, time management, organizational, and computer skills
    • The ability to work independently and as a member of a team
    Exceptional candidates may also:
    • Possess a physical therapy degree (PT, MPT, or DPT)
    • Have experience working in a human biomechanics lab
    • Show scholarly productivity (e.g., peer-reviewed publications)
    Individuals interested in applying should submit the following to Dr. Corrigan (
    • Statement of interest, detailing your interests and goals, qualifications, and relevant experience
    • CV or resume
    • Name and contact information for two professional references (In lieu of letters of recommendation, Dr. Corrigan will schedule a brief call with your references)
    Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Initial review of applications will begin April 21st, 2023.

    Questions about this position can also be directed to Dr. Corrigan.

    The successful candidate will join a growing research group under the direction of Dr. Corrigan. The group conducts their research in the Integrated Health and Movement Science (IHMS) Lab, which is in the Allied Health Professions Building on SLU’s Medical Center Campus. This 2500 ft2 lab space is dedicated to studying human movement, with major equipment including a 16-camera three-dimensional motion analysis system, a force-instrumented split-belt treadmill, two in-ground force plates, spatiotemporal mats, an electromyography system, several wearable sensor systems, a functional near-infrared spectroscopy system, a computerized dynamometer, and a diagnostic ultrasound scanner. The lab also has space for clinical examination and treatment as well as 8 workstations with computers that are equipped with software packages necessary for executing clinical biomechanics research.

    The successful candidate will join the Integrated and Applied Sciences PhD Program, which is housed in SLU’s Doisy College of Health Sciences. This flexible and highly dynamic program aims to prepare students to become scholars and researchers within academic, clinical research, and practice settings by conducting interdisciplinary studies of biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and environmental aspects of human health. Coursework can be tailored to the student’s research interests, with options to take courses in the School of Medicine (e.g., Health Outcomes Research), the School of Public Health and Social Justice (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics), and the School of Science and Engineering (e.g., biomechanics, tissue engineering). While Dr. Corrigan will serve as the primary mentor, the student will be embedded in a highly collaborative research environment and receive mentorship from other researchers within and outside of SLU.

    Other important information:
    Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

    Patrick Corrigan, PT, DPT, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Saint Louis University
    Doisy College of Health Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
    3437 Caroline Street, Suite 1006
    St. Louis, MO 63104

    Last edited by Patrick Corrigan; April 5, 2023, 10:07 AM.