Kinesiology and Recreation Administration: Motor Behavior Humboldt State University

Kinesiology and Recreation Administration: Motor Behavior
Humboldt State University
Vacancy Announcement
Faculty Tenure-Track Position
Starting August 2017
Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration
JOB #7722
Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state
DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in motor behavior.
RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointees qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:
Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate in Kinesiology Motor Behavior, Motor Control, Motor Learning, Motor Development or closely related discipline (such as Neuromechanics) from an accredited college or university is preferred at time of appointment. Applicants with considerable progress toward doctorate degree completion by appointment date will be considered. Completion of terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
• Ability or potential for effective teaching in kinesiology/motor behavior;
• Ability or potential for building successful partnerships with community agencies or groups;
• Expertise in motor behavior, motor control, motor learning, or motor development research methods;
• Commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
• Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
• Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies;
• Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (majors, general education students, etc.); and
• Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.
Preferred qualifications for this position include:
• Potential for effective teaching in a specialty area of motor behavior;
• Record of or strong interest in cross-disciplinary research; and/or
• Record of or strong interest in pedagogy/education research; and/or
• Record of or potential to teach courses outside the applicant’s specialty area(s); and/or
• Interest and ability to develop external funding proposals.
At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit:
Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record with undergraduate and graduate students. Instructional assignments may include: Motor Development/Learning, Foundations of Kinesiology, Structural Kinesiology, Senior Seminar, Research Techniques, Statistics, and Evaluation Techniques. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching; research, scholarship and creative activity with graduate and undergraduate students; and service to the University, profession and community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester (6 weighted teaching units per academic year). The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure and promotion.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration houses undergraduate programs in Kinesiology and Recreation Administration and a graduate program in Kinesiology. The Kinesiology major has 500 major and minor students. Additional information about the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration can be found at:
APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials:
• Letter of application;
• Curriculum vita
• Application for Academic Employment:
• Supplemental Application for Academic Employment:
• Teaching Evaluations, if available;
• Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
• Names and contact information for three professional references.
Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.
Submission of the application materials should be sent as a single PDF document, in the order listed above to:
In letter of application, please refer to Job #7722.
Please direct any other questions pertaining to this position to:
Dr. Justus Ortega, Search Committee Chair
Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration
Humboldt State University
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone (707) 826-4274
APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 15, 2016. Early response is encouraged.
HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.
Human Resources
Siemens Hall – Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education – or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.
Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.
Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at
Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.



We invite bright, open-minded graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young professionals to apply for admission to the Motor Control Summer School # XIV (MCSS-XIV). MCSS-XIV will be a five-day event, July 9 – 14, 2017. It will include an arrival day (July 9), three days of sessions (July 10-13), and a departure day (July 14). We plan to bring together 6-10 faculty and 30-40 students selected from the pool of applicants.

The preliminary list of speakers:

Antonio Bicchi (IIT, Pisa, Italy)
Anatol Feldman (University of Montreal, Canada) Mark Latash (Penn State University, USA)
Mindy Levin (McGill University, Canada)
Monica Perez (University of Miami, USA)
Robert Sainburg (Penn State University, USA) Marco Santello (Arizona State University, USA) Gregor Schöner (Rühr University, Germany)
John Rothwell (University College of London, UK)

The program will include interactive seminars led by the faculty. Poster sessions will run throughout the meeting including the evening hours.

Each participant will pay his/her expenses. There will be no tuition fee, and the speakers will receive no compensation for their participation. All participants will get a formal certificate of

attendance to help them get reimbursed through whatever means they have at their disposal.


We will meet in Vila Fatima in Florianopolis. The estimated rates are about R $160 (US$50) per day including meals. Please, do not contact Vila Fatima and do not make any arrangements until you get an official acceptance letter to join MCSS-XIV.

If you would like to participate in MCSS-XIV, please e-mail a letter of interest to Mark Latash ( with a single- file PDF attachment containing a statement of personal goals and a c.v. with the list of publications and presentations. If you would like to present a poster, submit a single-page abstract (PDF, font Times New Roman 12, reasonably formatted: title, names of the authors, affiliations, etc.). Abstract submission is not a pre-requisite for attendance. If you have questions regarding the organization of MCSS-XIV, travel, transfers, and accommodations, please contact Dr. Luis Mochizuki (

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: February 15, 2017. Earlier applications will get preference for admission. Admission decisions will be made by March 1, 2017, and those accepted will be notified by e-mail.


Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Promotion (Kinesiology) – Fall 2017

Department: Faculty – Health Promotion
Location: Des Moines, IA

 Candidates must possess an earned doctoral degree in kinesiology, motor control, biomechanics, or a closely-related field.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of excellence in teaching is required. Experience supervising undergraduate research is preferred.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: The department is seeking an outstanding professional who is enthusiastic, passionate about her/his field, and has a strong desire to help students succeed. The individual will teach, advise majors, and perform service to the department, university, and community.

TEACHING: will develop and teach undergraduate kinesiology and health promotion content courses as assigned by the department chair. These courses may include, but are not limited to, motor control, senior seminar, kinesiology, lifetime fitness and wellness, care and prevention of athletic injuries, and the supervision of internships. Candidates may also be asked to teach in the General Education Core course curriculum.

ADVISING: will advise undergraduate Kinesiology and Health Promotion majors.

SERVICE: will include participation in department activities, service on university committees, participation in the life of the University, involvement with professional organizations, and engagement in community service.

APPLICATION: Review of applications will commence October 31, 2016. All applications must include a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, transcripts, samples of student evaluations (if applicable), statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and contact information for three to five references.

Interested applicants should apply via our online application process at

Pre-employment background check required.

Grand View is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Motor Control Laboratory at Penn State

The Motor Control Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University (MCL&PSU) is looking for a young, motivated researcher to join the Laboratory and contribute to ongoing projects related to the control and coordination of human movements. The new Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to contribute primarily to studies of motor coordination in early-stage Parkinson’s disease. These studies are run in collaboration with the College of Medicine in Hershey (Dr. Xuemei Huang and her team). The studies use the framework of the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis to explore motor coordination across systems and tasks such as multi-digit pressing and prehension, multi-joint reaching, and multi-muscle standing and stepping. Help with other studies of multi-element coordination and supervision of graduate students and undergraduate interns is also expected.

A successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in an area related to motor control (Neuroscience, Movement Science, Physiology, Psychology, Engineering, Physics, etc.).

Experience with experimental studies of the human motor function as well as knowledge of

LabView and Matlab are essential.

This position is supported by NIH. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension. Salary depends on the experience.

Please, e-mail an application letter with a complete c.v. (including list of publications and the names and e-mail addresses of three colleagues who could be contacted for references) to Mark Latash (


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The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory, directed by Eugene Tunik in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science at Northeastern University, is recruiting 1-2 Postdoctoral Research Associates to be involved in projects studying the neural bases of online motor control and adaptation in healthy populations and individuals with pathology. Methodologies in the lab include 3D immersive virtual reality and mixed-reality (Vizard, Worldviz) with integrated Phantom 1.5 Premium manipulandum, motion capture, tDCS/tACS/tRNS (Neuroconn), neuronavigated singled paired-pulse TMS (Brainsight and Magstim), peripheral stimulator for paired associative stimulation. State of the art 3T-MRI scanning facilities are available. The appointments are for one year with possibility of renewal, pending funding and performance. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2016, but is flexible.

A Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, bioengineering, computer science, mathematics, or psychology, with emphasis on motor control / motor learning is required. Experience with human behavioral experiments, fMRI, or EMG/TMS approaches is strongly preferred.

The candidate should have strong computational skills, proficiency in programming (MATLAB, Python, or C++), strong communication skills, and self-initiative / ability to work independently.

General inquiries can be directed to:


Applications must be submitted to:

Please submit CV, Research Statement / Cover Letter, 3 letters of references.

ISMC statement about the Executive Order on Immigration

The International Society of Motor Control (ISMC) promotes and supports fundamental research on the principles underlying the control of movements in health and disease. The society is dedicated to fostering the interaction of scientists across borders and nations. Such free and scholarly interaction is a vibrant element of the broader transnational community, whose ultimate goal is the creation of knowledge through the interaction of individuals of all genders, races, ethnicities, religious creed and political affiliation.

Stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury know no borders. Accordingly, their study, cure and treatment should also take place, unimpeded, across the world. President Trump’s executive order on immigration is a cause of great concern as it stifles and disrupts vital international interactions, which require, as a basic element, the possibility of scientists to travel without impediments. A key element in the current pursuit of science is the exchange of students and postdoctoral researchers. These young scientists are the main engine of our progress and dedicate most of their time to work 24/7 in laboratories, often away from their homes, families and friends.

The ISMC joins many academic institutions and professional societies in condemning and opposing the executive order on immigration.  The ISMC is committed to supporting and advocating for scientists that are adversely affected by the EO. As the 2017 Progress in Motor Control Meeting that is scheduled to be held in Miami is fast approaching, we will provide updates on the ISMC website and will make our best efforts to facilitate unimpeded participation by scientists of all nations to ensure that it will be held in the most supportive and collaborative international spirit.


Ferdinando (Sandro) Mussa-Ivaldi


International Society of Motor Control


A funded postdoctoral position is available immediately (with start date in summer 2016) to work in Dr. Rachael Seidler’s laboratory at the University of Michigan studying brain and behavioral plasticity occurring with spaceflight and analog environments.  As one of the world’s leading research institutions, the University of Michigan provides an exceptionally supportive environment for research. University support includes integrated and state of the art computer technology, exceptional students and staff, and a network of world-renowned scientists. The Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory (directed by Dr. Seidler) is an interdisciplinary, productive, and dynamic group of students and staff researching the neurocognitive control of movement.


The post-doctoral researcher will study cognitive, sensory, and motor behavioral plasticity and their neural correlates using functional MRI and resting state connectivity.  The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with a research team to collect and analyze data, prepare manuscripts for publication, and participate at national and international level meetings.  The candidate must be willing and able to travel internationally for data collection. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for two referees to Rachael D. Seidler, Ph.D. via e-mail ( Review of applications will begin immediately.


Necessary Qualifications: Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, kinesiology or related field and experience with MRI techniques including structural MRI, DTI, and / or functional MRI.  The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be strongly motivated, and work well in a team setting. Experience with computer programming a plus (MATLAB, LabView, and / or E-Prime).


The position is initially available for one year and may be renewable.  Questions regarding the position can be emailed to


The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.




Postdoctoral position in human motor learning at the University of Southern California, Department of Biomedical Engineering


The Sanger laboratory at the University of Southern California is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with interest in human motor learning, kinematics of movement, analysis of surface electromyography, and proprioceptive biofeedback.  The position includes close involvement in an international trial of wearable biofeedback to enhance motor learning for treatment of children with dystonia and other movement disorders.  Fellows are involved in all aspects of laboratory research, including human subjects testing, movement and EMG analysis, theoretical models of motor control, and models of brain injury and disease during development.  Fellows are provided the opportunity to conduct research in both a laboratory setting as well as a hospital setting, including the potential for involvement in intraoperative and postoperative electrophysiology in children undergoing deep-brain stimulation surgery for movement disorders. Fellows are encouraged to develop their own research projects with a view toward demonstrating superior skills needed for application for faculty positions.  Direct supervision is provided by Dr. Sanger, and access to faculty in Biomedical Engineering as well as clinical faculty at the Keck Medical Center is facilitated.


The Sanger laboratory at USC studies the control of normal and abnormal movement in children, with particular emphasis on understanding the nature and causes of abnormal movement in children with movement disorders.  Human-subjects research includes kinematic and noninvasive electrophysiological studies of children, including children with deep-brain stimulators.  Theoretical research includes studies of nonlinear adaptive control, large-scale spiking neuron models, and the representation of and response to risk. Current projects include experimental testing of theoretical predictions, and development and testing of noninvasive technology including wearable biofeedback, myoelectric robot interfaces, and upper-extremity exoskeletons.  Available technology includes peripheral electrical stimulation, desktop robotics, multi-channel surface EMG, single-pulse and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS and rTMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), and magnetic and optical motion capture. The laboratory is closely linked to the movement disorders clinic and surgical program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and we have active collaborations with institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


We are seeking applicants with a background in human motor control, including motion capture and kinematic analysis, surface EMG analysis, and understanding of the principles of human movement, with particular emphasis on upper extremity movement and reaching.  Because the laboratory also studies theoretical models, a background in mathematical modeling, signal processing, control theory, computational neuroscience methods, machine learning, and related fields is helpful, although not required.  Strong familiarity with Matlab(tm) is required, and knowledge of C/C++ and the R statistical package is a plus.  Knowledge of biosignal analysis, acquisition, and interfacing is also helpful.


The position is available immediately. Salary is competitive.  Please contact Terry Sanger ( with inquiries or to apply.