FOCUS: MEASUREMENT OF HUMAN MOVEMENT AND HEALTH / WEARABLE SENSORS
POSITION: The University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and
the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) seek talented applicants qualified for a faculty position in
the Kinesiology Department at the Assistant Professor level who study physical behaviormeasurement.
Scientific inquiry in such areas as novel methods for device calibration and validation, new sensor technology,
analytical advances in measurement and interpretation, new outcomes for clinical studies, and applications of
wearable monitors for assessing exposure and/or effects of interventions to improve physical activity behavior
are key areas of focus for this position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at a
higher rank may receive consideration. This is a full-time, tenure track 9-month appointment with a
competitive salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience.
STARTING DATE: September 1, 2019
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in kinesiology or related field at the
time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with an outstanding research program in
physical behavior measurement with a focus on sensors that capture physical activity, energy
expenditure, sedentary behavior and/or sleep. Of interest would be expertise in intervention science in
children, adults, older adults and/or clinical populations (osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, etc.),
linking innovative measurement of these behaviors to biological outcomes. Evidence supporting the
candidate’s collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to research with experts in statistics/biostatistics,
engineering, behavior change, and human health is a priority. Strong interpersonal and communication
skills promoting such collaborations in research 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, with a joint appointment in IALS. 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
• Provide leadership within the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring in IALS
• Teach relevant undergraduate and graduate level courses in Kinesiology (examples: Objective
Measurement of Activity and Sedentary Behaviors)
• Oversee graduate theses and dissertations, undergraduate independent study and honors
• Serve on departmental, IALS, school and university committees, panels or boards, as assigned or
based on interests
DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: The world-renowned department of Kinesiology
(http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/kinesiology) is one of six departments in the School of Public Health &
Health Sciences (www.umass.edu/sphhs). The department has 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 5 fulltime
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.
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. The region boasts a rural setting with
easy access to major metropolitan areas.
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;
http://www.umass.edu/ials/centers ). The new faculty hire will be 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, and others. The resourcerich
CPHM has a suite of core facilities that focus on human testing, including: a Room Calorimetry Core
capable of measuring energy expenditure over 24-48 hours; a Living Science Core for quantifying homebased
daily activities in a natural setting; and Human Magnetic Resonance Center, Human Motion Core,
and Exercise Intervention & Outcomes Core for measurement of all facets of human movement and
energetics. 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 maintain on-going clinical collaborations with
investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and Baystate Medical
Center in Springfield.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Review of applications will begin October 15, 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. Sofiya Alhassan (413-
545-3475, ), Co-Chair of the Search Committee for this position. 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 candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.
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