Assistant/Associate Professor in Kinesiology

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Kinesiology

Job no: 495381
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Kinesiology
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: The world-renowned department of Kinesiology is one of six departments in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences (SPHHS). The department has 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 5 full-time lecturers, 1 full-time undergraduate advisor, approximately 720 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Its research and teaching activities are organized into the areas of Physical Activity & Health, Biomechanics, Motor Control and Physiology. Faculty are established and emerging leaders in their research fields, which range from the molecular basis of movement to community-based physical activity interventions. Current research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, a variety of foundations, as well as industry collaborators.

SPECIALIZED HUMAN MOVEMENT and METABOLIC FACILITIES: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the University have together invested $150 million in the new Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), which is home to the state-of-the art Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM). The new faculty hire will have the opportunity to become a member of IALS and CPHM, which includes faculty from departments across campus such as kinesiology, engineering, computer science, polymer science, nursing, public health, and psychological and brain sciences. The resource-rich CPHM has a suite of core facilities that focus on human testing, including the Human Motion Core, and the Exercise Intervention & Outcomes Core, for measurement of all facets of human movement and energetics; the Room Calorimetry Core capable of measuring energy expenditure over 24-48 hours; the Living Science Core for quantifying home-based daily activities and movements in a natural setting; and the Human Magnetic Resonance Center that houses a new 3T MRI/MR spectroscopy system specifically suited to musculoskeletal studies. Resources for computationally-intensive research are provided to campus by cutting-edge infrastructure at The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). Research conducted in the CPHM targets basic and translational studies of metabolism, human movement, fatigue and sleep; as well as the development and application of wearable sensors for the study of human behavior and health in real-world settings. Kinesiology faculty are leaders in this campus-wide enterprise. Faculty in CPHM also conduct on-going clinical collaborations with investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and UMass Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Job Summary

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking talented applicants qualified for a faculty position in the Kinesiology Department at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Biomechanics. Example areas of interest for scientific inquiry include musculoskeletal modeling, mechanics and energetics of human motion, and sensor development for motion analysis. Candidates at Assistant and Associate Professor ranks will be given equal consideration and evaluated with consideration of current rank and promise of continuing professional development and achievement. This is a full-time, tenure track, 9-month appointment with a competitive start-up package and salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience. In exceptional circumstances, an appointment at the level of Full Professor will be considered.


The faculty appointment will be in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • 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, undergraduate independent studies and honors projects
  • Serve on departmental, IALS, school and university committees, panels or boards, as assigned or based on interests


Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in kinesiology or related field at the time of appointment. Potential areas of success include but are not limited to:
• Musculoskeletal model/computer simulation of injury, aging, clinical populations
• Mechanics and energetics of human motion
• Musculotendon dynamics
• Advanced imaging of tissue mechanics
• Neuro-mechanical analysis of human performance
• 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 change, and 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 candidate must have a record of scholarly and funding achievements sufficient to have gained national recognition among scholars or professionals in his or her field and must demonstrate the potential for continued productivity and maintenance of an externally-funded research program. Candidates at both ranks must demonstrate the potential for mentoring graduate students and teaching undergraduate courses in human movement biomechanics and graduate courses in his/her area of expertise.

Additional Details

STARTING DATE: September 1, 2019

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2018 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 Page Up online application portal.

For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Louise Houlden at 413.545.6070 or [email protected]

For questions about the position, department or university in general, contact Dr. Katherine Boyer (413-545-1717, [email protected]), Chair of the Search Committee for this position. Please indicate “Kinesiology Faculty Search” 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.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Advertised: Aug 28 2018 Eastern Daylight Time
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