POST-DOC POSITION AT THE UNIVERISITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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 (terry@sangerlab.net) with inquiries or to apply.

University of Cincinnati – Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor – Interdisciplinary (Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences, and the College of Engineering & Applied Science)

The Departments of Psychology and Biological Science in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati are jointly seeking applications for an interdisciplinary, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.  We seek a candidate whose research program complements our existing strengths in the dynamics of sensorimotor control, cognitive systems, and coordination of multiple human and/or artificial agents. A successful candidate will have expertise in complex dynamical systems, such as dynamical or computational modeling, network theory, nonlinear time series and signal processing methods, or advanced computational methods for large, complex data sets. We seek candidates who apply those or related methods to research in topical areas such as dynamical neuroscience, neuromechanics, cyber-human systems, robotics and co-robotics, integrated neural prosthetics, cyber-enhancement of sensorimotor or cognitive performance, brain-machine interfaces, or neurologically embedded biosensors.

We are interested in candidates whose training or publication record evidences the ability to bridge disciplinary boundaries and collaborate with faculty affiliated with the UC CAP Center (from home departments including Psychology, Electrical Engineering & Computing Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, and Biological Sciences). Current CAP Center faculty expertise and interests include cognitive and perceptual-motor development, embodied cognition, complex systems, dynamical and computational modeling, movement coordination, human and animal sensory processes including visual and haptic perception, social perception-action-cognition, dynamical neuroscience, biomorphic design, and cyber-human systems. A Ph.D. in a substantive area that aligns with the research topics described above is a minimum requirement for the position. A successful candidate’s training or professional experience must also indicate a strong potential or demonstrated ability to compete successfully for external funding. The candidate will be expected to conduct research, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and make service contributions to the mission of the CAP Center and department or departments of appointment. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and we hope to attract applicants who have experience in promoting the success of students from diverse backgrounds.

The University of Cincinnati values diverse perspectives and we strongly encourage women, racial/ethnic/gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. UC is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life integration. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Interested and qualified candidates must apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu and search for Requisition Number 9242.  In addition to our online application, candidates must also attach a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement as a single PDF file and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed to the search committee chair at michael.riley@uc.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on December 20, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet / Disabled.

REQ ID: 9242

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science – Tenured/Tenure-Track Full Time Chair

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Tenured/Tenure-Track Full Time Chair

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California State University, Sacramento, seeks to hire a qualified person to serve as full time Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. The new Chair will have an excellent opportunity to shape the future direction of a dynamic multidisciplinary department. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is looking for an individual with a documented record of academic innovation and progressive leadership. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is part of the College of Health and Human Services. The Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Kinesiology, Health Science, and Athletic Training. A Master of Science is also available and offers two concentrations of study (Exercise Science and Movement Studies). The successful candidate must qualify for retreat rights as a faculty member in Kinesiology (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, or Physical Education) or Health Science (Community Health Education, Health Care Administration, or Occupational Health & Safety).

Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website. For full vacancy announcement, including application procedures, please see: http://www.csus.edu/about/employment/

The review of applications begins November 30, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

Address questions only to: Dr. Michael Wright, Search Committee Chair, Phone 916-278-5689; or email: wrightm@csus.edu

AA/EEO. Clery Act Statistics available. Mandated reporter requirements. Criminal background check required.

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

DEPARTMENT of KINESIOLOGY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY of MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

TITLE: Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences

RANK: We seek talented applicants qualified for an Assistant Professor position, which is a full-time, tenure track, 9-month appointment. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. The salary range is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STARTING DATE: September 1, 2015

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in Kinesiology or a closely related field, and have a research focus that is complementary to current research areas in the department. Applicants with cutting-edge research experience in any relevant sub-discipline (e.g. physiology, motor control, physical activity and health, biomechanics, psychology, molecular biology) are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have strong potential for securing extramural research funding. Preference will be given to individuals with post-doctoral research experience. Interpersonal and communication skills that promote strong collaborations in research, teaching and program development are essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The faculty appointment will be in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The appointee will be considered for tenure, promotion and merit on the basis of excellence in research, teaching, and service to the Department, University and scientific community. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  •   Establish a productive research program in an area of Kinesiology complementary to existing expertise, and supported by external funding that may originate from diverse sources such as federal and state granting agencies, foundations, and industry collaborations
  •   Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Kinesiology Department
  •   Oversee graduate theses, dissertations, independent studies and undergraduate honors theses
  •   Serve on departmental, university and professional committees, panels or boards, as appropriate

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Kinesiology (http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/kinesiology) is

ranked among the top 5 in the country in the most recent National Research Council and National

Academy of Kinesiology reports. The department, one of four in the School of Public Health and Health

Sciences, consists of 15 tenure-track faculty, 4 full-time lecturers, 2 full-time undergraduate advisors, 2

part-time research faculty and several post-doctoral fellows. We teach and mentor approximately 820

undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. Our mission is to generate new knowledge and

educate society as to the scientific principles that underlie the role of movement in attaining optimal

human health and well-being. Our research and teaching activities are organized into the areas of

Motor Systems, Physical Activity and Health, and Physiology. Our faculty are established and emerging

leaders in their research fields, which range from the molecular basis of movement to community –

based physical activity interventions. Extramural research funding comes from the National Institutes of

Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and national foundations such as the

American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Diabetes Association and

industry partners.

INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES (IALS): In 2013, the state of Massachusetts invested > $95 million to create a new, integrative institute for the advancement of knowledge in the life sciences related to human health. Kinesiology faculty have been instrumental in creating the state-of-the-art Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM; http://www.umass.edu/ials/research/center- personalized-health-monitoring), which is one of three centers in IALS. This center is focused on the design, testing and validation of wearable sensors to assess gait, physical activity, cardiometabolic health, balance, sleep and related variables. Included in this new facility will be a room calorimeter capable of measuring energy expenditure over 24-48 hours, a 3 tesla magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy system, a human-technology interaction lab and adaptable exercise training and living quarters designed to evaluate research participants in ecological settings. It is anticipated that the new faculty hire will be a member of the CPHM, which includes faculty from departments across campus including kinesiology, engineering, computer science, polymer science, public health and psychology.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu), the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally-ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of applications will begin November 10, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted by this date to ensure full consideration. Application materials required include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research expertise and future research goals, teaching philosophy, three reprints of peer-reviewed publications, and the names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted to: https://www.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=53884

For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Charlene Galica (cgalica@kin.umass.edu). For questions about the position, the department or the university in general, contact Prof. Jane Kent at (jkent@kin.umass.edu). Please indicate “Kinesiology Faculty Search” in the subject line of email correspondence.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidate at other ranks may receive consideration.

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

DEPARTMENT of KINESIOLOGY
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
TITLE: Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences

RANK: We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an Assistant Professor position, full-time tenure track 9-month appointment. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. The salary range is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STARTING DATE: September 1, 2015

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should hold a PhD in Kinesiology or a closely related field, with a research program in the area of energy metabolism and bioenergetics with a focus on human metabolic health and disease. Applicants investigating issues related to diabetes, obesity, physical activity, sedentary behavior, or aging are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have strong potential for securing extramural research funding. Preference will be given to individuals with post-doctoral research experience. Interpersonal and communication skills that promote strong collaborations in research, teaching and program development are essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The faculty appointment is in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The appointee will be considered for tenure, promotion and merit on the basis of excellence in research, teaching, and service to the Department, University and scientific community. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Establishing and developing an active research program with an independent base of support funds that may originate from diverse sources such as federal and state granting agencies, foundations, and industry collaborations.
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Kinesiology Department.
  • Overseeing graduate theses, dissertations, independent study and honors capstone projects.
  • Serving on committees, panels or boards as assigned.

The Department: Kinesiology (http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/kinesiology) is ranked among the top 5 in the country in the most recent National Research Council and National Academy of Kinesiology reports. The department, one of four in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (http://www.umass.edu/sphhs) lecturers, 2 part-time research faculty and several post-doctoral fellows. We teach and mentor ~820 undergraduate majors, consists of 15 tenure-track faculty, 4 full-time and 50 graduate students. Our mission is to generate new knowledge and educate society as to the scientific principles that underlie the role of movement in attaining optimal human health and well-being. Our research and teaching activities are organized into the areas of Motor Systems, Physical Activity and Health, and Physiology. Our faculty are established and emerging leaders in their research fields, which range from the molecular basis of movement to community health interventions. Extramural research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and national foundations such as the American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Diabetes Association and industry partners.

Specialized Metabolic Facilities: The state of Massachusetts has invested $45 million in a state-of-the art Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM; http://www.umass.edu/ials/research/center-personalized-health-monitoring), focused on designing, testing and validating wearable sensors to assess gait, physical activity, cardio-metabolic health, balance, sleep and related areas. Included in this new facility will be a room calorimeter capable of measuring energy expenditure over 24-48 hours. It is anticipated that the new faculty hire will be a member of the CPHM, which is comprised of faculty from departments across campus including kinesiology, engineering, computer science, polymer science, public health and psychology. CPHM is part of the exciting new UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) that will house a number of cutting-edge core research facilities, including a new magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy facility.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu), the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally-ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of applications will begin November 3, 2014 and continue until position is filled. Applications should be submitted by this date to ensure full consideration. Application materials required are: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research expertise and future research goals, statement of teaching philosophy and three reprints, along with names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=53611

For questions about the position, the department or the university in general, contact Dr. Ned Debold at (edebold@kin.umass.edu).

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

UMass Amherst Position

UMass Amherst Position Announcement
Associate Professor / Professor and Chair
Department of Kinesiology
School of Public Health and Health Sciences

The Department of Kinesiology at UMass Amherst is a nationally ranked program with a long history of leadership in the exercise and movement sciences. We seek a visionary and proactive person to guide us as we pursue our goal to become the top kinesiology program in the country.

Job Description: The Department of Kinesiology invites applications for an Associate Professor/Professor, tenure-track position. The position is for Department Chair and the preferred rank is Professor. In addition to maintaining a strong research program in their chosen area, the Chair will provide departmental leadership and vision that advances excellence in teaching and learning, research and outreach. The Chair represents and advocates for the department at the school, university and community levels. The Chair holds overall responsibility for managing the department, fostering faculty development, and working with campus and external partners on a variety of initiatives related to the departmental and School of Public Health and Health Sciences strategic goals. This position includes a 9-month contract as well as a chair stipend and summer salary.

Qualifications: Earned doctoral degree in Kinesiology or related field; evidence of international reputation for excellence and leadership in chosen research area; high level of scholarship including strong record of external funding and peer-reviewed publications commensurate with being appointed as an Associate Professor / Professor with tenure; evidence of ability to effectively administer and advocate for a complex academic unit with diverse instruction, research, and outreach programs; commitment to sustaining high-quality, innovative research and educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels; vision and commitment to fostering the national ranking of the UMass Amherst Department of Kinesiology.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous higher education leadership experience; record of achievement in and commitment to diversity; evidence of excellent management, communication and consensus-building skills; a research focus in human physiology, preferably in exercise metabolism or physical activity and health with applications to diabetes, obesity or other chronic diseases.

Salary: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications

Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM): As part of a $95 million grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a new state-of-the-art research facility will house the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring. This Center, which is expected to open in the fall of 2015, will include facilities for human exercise testing and training, balance and gait analysis, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, wearable sensor development and testing, a sleep lab, room calorimeter, and living space for short- and long-term monitoring of study participants. It is anticipated that the new Chair will be a member of the CPHM that includes faculty from kinesiology, engineering, computer science, polymer science, public health and psychology.

CPHM Link: http://www.umass.edu/ials/research/center-personalized-health-monitoring

About the Department: The Department of Kinesiology is ranked among the top 5 in the country in the most recent National Research Council and National Academy of Kinesiology reviews. The department is one of 4 departments in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and includes 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 4 full-time lecturers, 2 part-time research faculty and several post-doctoral fellows. We have approximately 820 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. Our mission is to generate new knowledge and educate society, within and beyond the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as to the scientific principles that underlie the role of movement in attaining optimal human health and well-being. Three themes govern our teaching and research activities: Motor Systems, Physical Activity and Health, and Physiology. Our faculty are established and emerging leaders in their fields of research, which range from the molecular basis of movement to community health interventions. Extramural research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and national foundations such as the American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the American Diabetes Association.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin September 15, 2014. Applications should be submitted by this date to ensure full consideration. Application materials required are: a cover letter describing leadership experiences, practices and philosophy and research expertise, curriculum vitae and names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted to: https://www.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=50697

For questions about the position, the Department or the University in general, contact Dr. Richard van Emmerik, Search Committee Chair (rvanemmerik@kin.umass.edu). Please do not send any application materials to Dr. Van Emmerik.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, and is home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,300 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. The University of Massachusetts is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity.

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.