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Ph.D. and M.S. assistantships are available starting Fall 2024 at East Carolina University

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  • Ph.D. and M.S. assistantships are available starting Fall 2024 at East Carolina University

    Degree Offered:
    Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics and Motor Control Or Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics and Motor Control

    Typically, our Ph.D. assistantships are research based and require 20 hour per week towards laboratory research. Our M.S. assistantships are typically TA positions and expect 20 hour per week towards teaching and laboratory research.

    Each student in the Biomechanics and Motor Control Concentration works with a primary faculty mentor but also has opportunities to work with other biomechanics/ motor control researchers in kinesiology, physical therapy, athletic training, and engineering. There are presently 10 M.S. and 5 Ph.D. students in the program.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    1. A baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by a regional association.
    2. A grade point average of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in either the undergraduate major work or work taken during the senior year.
    3. Students, whose first language is not English, must receive an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    4. Applications are welcome from students with diverse academic backgrounds. However, students whose undergraduate preparation lacks essential prerequisite coursework or whose baccalaureate degree is in a non-related field may have additional requirements.

    Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are required.

    Please visit the following website to apply to the program:

    Applicants for an MS position should also complete the department assistantship application found here:

    We will begin reviewing applications on February 15th and continue our search until suitable candidates are found. However please apply ASAP to review full consideration.

    For more information please email or see our webpage:

    Possible faculty mentors:

    Zachary Domire, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    332A Ward Sports Medicine Building
    (252) 737 - 4564

    Dr. Domire is the director of the Performance Optimization Laboratory. He completed his graduate training at The Pennsylvania State University and post graduate training at The Mayo Clinic. His work is currently funded by the Office of Naval Research. He has published research on musculoskeletal simulation, orthopedics, and magnetic resonance elastography. His current research interests include: examining the effects of age related changes in muscle material properties on muscle function, improving musculoskeletal simulations, subject specific foot modeling, balance as an assessment of concussion recovery, and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in athletes and warfighters.

    Anthony S. Kulas PhD, LAT, ATC
    Associate Professor & Interim Chair
    177 Minges
    East Carolina University

    Dr. Kulas completed his graduate training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published research on biomechanical factors affecting ACL loads and injury risk, and hamstring muscle function. His current research interests include: mitigating hamstring injury and re-injury risk and improving short and long term outcomes following ACL reconstruction.

    Chris Mizelle, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    63 Minges

    Dr. Mizelle completed his graduate training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and post-graduate training at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published research in the areas of sensorimotor integration and motor control and uses neuroimaging techniques to study these topics. His current research interests include: examining the effects of age-related changes on cognitive motor control, the effects of sensory function and hand dominance in motor control and brain strategies for moving in 2-D and 3-D virtual environments.

    Nicholas Murray, Ph.D.
    78 Minges

    Dr. Murray is the Director of the Visual Motor Laboratory. He completed his Ph.D. training at The University of Florida. His current publications include topics such as visual motor control, EEG, and the influence of cognitive effort within motor function. His primary research interest is to determine antecedents and consequences of an individual’s ability to function in dynamic situations based on the physiological changes that can either facilitate or debilitate motor control. Current projects include topics including vision and baseball swing mechanics and visual motor control and mTBI, and projects related to performance, motor control and vision.

    About ECU and Greenville:
    East Carolina University was founded in 1907 and is home to approximately 28,000 students. The University is one of the largest in the University of North Carolina system and is rapidly growing. ECU is the only university in the UNC system home to a medical school, a dental school, and a College of Engineering.

    Greenville is located nearly in the middle between Raleigh NC and the Atlantic coast.
    The city of Greenville has a population of approximately 90,000 people. Greenville has a relatively mild climate (average summer temperature - 84oF; average winter temperature - 44o F) and will experience all four seasons. Greenville has a cost of living approximately 10% lower than the US average.

    For additional information please email me at or visit the following websites.

    ECU homepage:
    Graduate program in Biomechanics and Motor Control:
    Biomechanics and Motor Control Facebook page:
    Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University:
    Graduate School at East Carolina University:
    National Academy of Kinesiology Program Results:
    Greenville Information:

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    We are still accepting applications for Ph.D. and MS students for fall 2024.