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Assistant/Associate Professor - Movement Neuroscience
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted Aug. 21, 2019
Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Movement Neuroscience
University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, United States
Department Department of Kinesiology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Neurobiology/Neuroscience
    Musculoskeletal Medicine
    Medicine - General

Assistant/Associate Professor - Movement Neuroscience

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking talented applicants qualified for two tenure track faculty positions in the Kinesiology Department in the area of Movement Neuroscience, one at the level of Assistant Professor and one at the level of Associate Professor. The Department of Kinesiology has a long history of supporting outstanding movement science research and graduate training. These positions are two of three new faculty searches in the areas of Movement Neuroscience and Biomechanics in the department this year, demonstrating the university’s commitment to excellence in this field. Example areas of interest for scientific inquiry for these two positions include the relation between physical activity or exercise and brain cognitive function, neuromuscular control of posture and locomotion, and sensorimotor integration. These are full-time, tenure track, 9-month appointments with a competitive start-up package and salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience.


•Establish and develop an active research program with an independent base of support using funds that may originate from diverse sources such as federal and state funding agencies, foundations, and industry collaborators.
•Teach relevant undergraduate and graduate level courses in kinesiology (examples: undergraduate and graduate Motor Control, Movement Neuroscience, Biophysical Signal Measurement and Analysis, Brain Function and Physical Activity).
•Oversee graduate theses and dissertations, undergraduate independent studies and honors projects.
•Serve on departmental, school and university committees, panels or boards, as assigned or based on interests.


•PhD or equivalent degree in kinesiology or related field at the time of appointment.
•Expertise and use of advanced neuroscience brain imaging and measurement techniques
•Neuromuscular control of posture and locomotion
•Past role of sensorimotor integration in understanding aging, disease, and skilled performance
•Evidence supporting a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to research with experts in neuroscience, biomechanics, physiology, engineering, physical activity behavior, or human health is a priority. Interpersonal and communication skills promoting such collaborations in research and program development are essential.
•At the rank of assistant professor, the successful candidate must have outstanding training and research productivity, and demonstrate the potential to secure extramural research funding to support the development of a successful independent research program.
•At the rank of associate professor the successful applicant will bring a significant record of success in securing extramural research funding with a clear indication of continued success in obtaining external grants and contracts.
•Demonstrated ability to mentor graduate students and teach undergraduate courses.

Special Instruction to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin October 14, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled. Required application materials include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research expertise and goals, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three academic references. All materials must be submitted to:

For questions about the position, department or university in general, contact Dr. Richard van Emmerik (413-545-0325,, co-Chair of the Search Committee for this position. Please indicate “Faculty Search - Movement Neuroscience” in the subject line of email correspondence.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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