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Assistant Professor - Biomechanics
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted Aug. 21, 2019
Title Assistant Professor - Biomechanics
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
  • Neurobiology/Neuroscience
    Musculoskeletal Medicine
    Biomedical Engineering/Biomedical Sciences
    Medicine - General

Assistant Professor - Biomechanics

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst is seeking applicants qualified for a tenure track faculty position in the Kinesiology Department at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Biomechanics. The Department of Kinesiology has a long history of supporting outstanding biomechanics research and graduate training. This is one of three new faculty positions in the areas of biomechanics and Movement Neuroscience in Kinesiology this year, demonstrating the university’s commitment to excellence in this field. Example areas of interest for scientific inquiry in biomechanics include but are not limited to: musculoskeletal modeling, musculotendon dynamics and advanced imaging of tissue mechanics. This is a full-time, tenure track, 9-month appointment with a competitive start-up package and salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience.


•Establish and develop an active research program at UMass Amherst 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 & Graduate Biomechanics, Biophysical Signal Measurement and Analysis, Computer Simulation of Human Movement).
•Oversee graduate theses and dissertations, and 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.
•Experience with musculoskeletal models or computer simulation of injury, aging, or clinical populations
•Experience with mechanics, energetics of human motion, Musculotendon dynamics
•Knowledge of advanced imaging of tissue mechanics and sensor development for motion analysis
•Evidence supporting the candidate’s collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to research with experts in motor control, physiology, engineering, physical activity behavior, and human health is a priority. Interpersonal and communication skills promoting such collaborations in research and program development are essential.
•Outstanding training and research productivity, with potential to secure extramural research funding to support the development of a successful independent research program.
•Demonstrated the potential for successful mentoring of graduate students and excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in human movement biomechanics and courses.

Special Instruction to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin October 14, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Required application materials include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research expertise and research 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. Katherine Boyer (413-545-1717,, Co-Chair of the Search Committee for this position. Please indicate “Faculty Search-Biomechanics” 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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