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PhD opening in model-based gait rehabilitation of stroke patients as part of EU EFRO Project GUTs

Are you interested in developing the neuro-rehabilitation technology of the future? If yes, this PhD opening might be the right one for you! The Neuro- …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Are you interested in developing the neuro-rehabilitation technology of the future? If yes, this PhD opening might be the right one for you! The Neuro-Mechanical Modeling & Engineering Lab (bit.ly/NMLab) is seeking for a creative and motivated PhD candidate to work as part of the newly funded EU EFRO Project GUTs.

The project: Over 15 million people suffer from stroke each year worldwide. However, current neuro-rehabilitation treatments are sub-optimal. The main reason is that stroke movement assessment is currently done using subjective and not precise techniques. This project aims at transforming current stroke rehabilitation, based on therapist's subjective assessments, towards personalized treatment based on objective quantitative assessments of muscle function. GUTs will develop a soft and stretchable leg covering for measuring high-density electromyography, joint kinematics and musculoskeletal forces. The availability of this information in the clinics will transform the way a treatment is designed, planned and performed. The project involves a consortium of companies, universities and medical clinics including: the University of Twente, TMSi, By-wire.net, and Sint Maartenskliniek.

The PhD opening: You will develop advanced biomechanical modelling methods for the quantitative assessment of stroke movement capacity. You will record high-density surface electromyography in combination with three-dimensional skeletal kinematics and kinetic data. You will build patient-specific models of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. You will validate these models on the ability of estimating musculoskeletal force in real-time during gait. You will work with a team of engineers, doctors and physiotherapists to translate these methods to the clinical level. The final goal is to accurately track the patient's physical progress and optimize the treatment over time.

Your tasks will be:

  • Record high-density electromyography from the human thigh and shank muscles using large sets of stretchable electrodes.
  • Develop methods for clustering high-density electromyography activity into muscle groups.
  • Develop real-time musculoskeletal models that can estimate muscle and joint forces in stroke patients.
  • Work in cooperation with engineers and doctors to improve stroke gait assessment and rehabilitation.


Basic qualifications:

  • MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, or related degrees.
  • Proven experience with programming.
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability.
  • Fluent in written and oral English.

Additional qualifications:

  • Knowledge of digital signal processing theory.
  • Knowledge of multi-body dynamics simulation software (e.g. OpenSim, Anybody, CEINMS).

Apply by March 15th, 2019. Applications should include the following documents:

  • A cover letter (1-page max) describing your interests and why you want to apply for this position. Please, specify how your experience and skills match the position.
  • A CV including English proficiency level, nationality, visa requirements, date of birth as well as programming skills, experience overview, publication list (if any), and hobbies.
  • Transcripts from your BSc and MSc degrees.
  • Contact information for at least two academic references. A support letter will be requested only if your application is considered.

For more information on the open position you can contact Asst.-Prof. Massimo Sartori, mail: m.sartori@utwente.nl. Please, only apply via the web platform. Please, not apply via email.


We offer an ambitious position with a generous allowance:

  • A full-time four-year PhD position.
  • A starting salary of € 2.325 in the first year and growing to € 2.972 in the fourth-year gross per month.
  • 30% tax ruling option.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
  • A proven pension scheme.
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • Extraordinary research facilities and working environment:
  • Access to the new established Wearable Robotics Lab.
  • Work location within a knowledge park with direct access to a large number of tech-companies and start-ups.
  • Proximity to Enschede, a mid-size city with a large social offer, embedded in the beautiful nature of the Twente region.
  • Fun work atmosphere with social events such as lab retreats.