Funded Ph.D. assistantship starting in Summer or Fall 2024 in the Exercise Science program area of the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at the University of Arkansas. This position is under the direction of Dr. Abigail Schmitt and centers around the neuromechanics of gait. The laboratory is part of the Exercise Science Research Center and is outfitted with a 16-camera Vicon motion capture system, embedded force plates, with various available accelerometers, IMUs, wearable eye trackers, and EMG. The lab also has a 22' Zenometrics walkway with ProtoKinetics Movement Analysis Software. The Center also has an 8-camera Theia markerless motion capture system and various other related equipment.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in a field related to human movement (exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy, athletic training, biomedical engineering, or similar) and those with clinical experience are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience with human subjects, gait biomechanics, or musculoskeletal disorders, and MATLAB programming are highly desirable. This position is funded through a research or teaching assistantship and includes a full 4 years of funding.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville: Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. with low cost-of-living. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Locally, outdoor activities include easy access to numerous running/biking trails, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities.


Interested individuals should contact Dr. Abigail Schmitt directly at acs063@uark.edu
Please include 1) a statement of interest that explains your research interests and skills, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for 3 academic references.

For those interested in applying for this position, the application deadline for priority funding is April1st, 2024.