Master of Science Research Opportunity

Now recruiting fourth year undergraduate students for a MSc position.  

The University of Calgary is recruiting for a graduate student position leading to the degree of:

  • Masters of Science (MSc) in Kinesiology;
  • Biomedical Engineering;
  • or Medical Sciences.

You will have the opportunity to work at the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the world-renowned Human Performance Laboratory on a multidisciplinary research project relating to musculoskeletal biomechanics, dermatology, rheumatology and biomedical imaging.


Research topic

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by red, scaly plaques. Up to one third of patients with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA), an inflammatory arthritis that can lead to irreversible joint and tendon changes that affect mobility, particularly the foot and ankle. It's thought that mechanical loading may precipitate both psoriasis skin plaques as well as the development of psoriatic arthritis; however, there is little scientific data available to understand the immunology and pathomechanics relating to this process. Read more in the position description

How to apply

Submit your electronic Curriculum Vitae (CV), post-secondary transcripts and letter of interest to Dr. Ryan Lewinson at

In your letter of interest, please include an overview of your career goals, your research and academic interests and a statement on why you believe you would be a good fit for this opportunity.


  • A 4-year undergraduate degree in kinesiology, engineering, medical science, basic sciences or equivalent, or a medical degree (MD) with demonstrated interest and/or achievement in biomechanics, imaging, rheumatology or dermatology.
  • Completed honours thesis research is an asset.
  • Completed coursework in biomechanics and or/engineering mechanics is an asset.
  • A strong GPA in the past two years to ensure competitiveness for external funding.

Start dates

Must be available to begin the graduate degree program on one of these dates: 

  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • September 2020

The training program requires a two year commitment. 

Award value

The selected student will be offered two years of guaranteed funding ($17,500 per year for MSc). There are also numerous additional sources of competitive funding available through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Alberta Innovates and the University of Calgary.

See a printable (PDF) version of the position description. Learn more here.