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Assistant Professor of Human Physiology - Applied Biomechanics

Assistant Professor
27 Sep 2023
27 Sep 2023
Eugene, Oregon
United States of America
University of Oregon

Assistant Professor of Human Physiology - Applied Biomechanics

Required Application Materials

Please submit an online application via Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three statements: (1) research accomplishments and plans, (2) teaching philosophy, and (3) statement focusing on your experience and plans to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, as described below:

The Department of Human Physiology is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community that is committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Examples of our efforts include: 1) faculty, staff, and graduate student climate surveys, 2) workshops and a Town Hall with outside consultants and Ombudsperson, and 3) development of rubric for evaluating DEI statements, a Reporting Tree, and respectful discourse guidelines. Collectively, these efforts are amplifying the voices of all department members and improving DEI within the department. Applicants will include a statement focusing on their knowledge, experience and future plans related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should describe their experience with successful mentoring, teaching, or outreach aimed at reducing barriers for under-represented groups, and specific plans for how they could contribute to our department's goal to create a diverse and inclusive community through current campus programs or new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations. Please include examples of how you have supported or led activities promoting interest and retention in the sciences by individuals from under-represented groups and/or your future plans to do so. Additionally, candidates are encouraged to provide information on how their research agenda addresses or incorporates issues that involve or affect diverse groups.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Mike Hahn ( To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by October 31, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Applications are encouraged from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Position Announcement

The Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2024.

The goal of this position is to enhance department expertise related to biomechanics. The ideal candidate will address complex problems related to performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation, using innovative and applied solutions in human subjects that will provide generalizable benefits to people across ages, abilities, and health.

Desirable areas of expertise include:
• Injury risk assessment, prediction and/or prevention
• Performance improvement
• Musculoskeletal function
• Neuromuscular function
• Equipment design/testing

Research focusing on the following areas are of particular interest:
• Health and performance in female and/or adolescent athletes
• Neuromechanical function of athletic performance
• Data-based approaches to enhance sport performance and wellness
• Assessment of movement dysfunction
• Assessment, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries
• Novel assessments and interventions for accelerated return to activity after injury

Women, members of underrepresented and underserved groups, and scientists at early stages in their academic career are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates will contribute to teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The position includes a competitive start-up package, research-appropriate laboratory space, and a collaborative research environment. Additionally, excellent benefits and a safe, friendly, and inclusive work environment make the University of Oregon an outstanding location to live and work.

Department or Program Summary

The Department of Human Physiology is home to undergraduate and graduate students who desire strong training in human physiology and anatomy that will prepare them for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research. The department is strongly committed to inclusive and evidence-based teaching practices. The department has strengths in cardiovascular, respiratory and muscle physiology, neuroscience/motor control, cell signaling and metabolism, and biomechanics. Human Physiology has strong partnerships with university athletics, the Bioengineering Department, the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, and the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, and is aligned with a new Provost's initiative on Sport and Wellness.

The Department of Human Physiology is dedicated to building a diverse community that is committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The department has an active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, that establishes yearly goals related to improving climate and experiences for faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to be an active participant in the department, college, and university DEI missions.

Minimum Requirements

• PhD in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Human Performance, Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, Biomechanics, Engineering, Motor Control, Physiology, or related field
• 2 years postdoctoral research experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Promising publication record
• Experience with grant writing
• Experience with university-level teaching

About the University

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities, at UO, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The university is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland. The UO campus has state-of-the-art Core Facilities including the Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility, the Imaging Microscopy Core, the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging, the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization (that houses high-resolution electron microscopy and microanalysis), and the Research Advanced Computing Services (with large-scale computing resources, performant storage, high-speed data transfer capabilities).

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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