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PhD Position Personalized Feedback That Works!

The Department of Human Movement Sciences is offering a four-year government-funded PhD studentship in the framework of the NWO program ‘Citius Altius …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


The Department of Human Movement Sciences is offering a four-year government-funded PhD studentship in the framework of the NWO program ‘Citius Altius Sanius’.

The aim of the program ‘Citius, Altius, Sanius’ is to stimulate people at all performance levels to engage in, and sustain, physical activity through sports and fitness, improve their performance and prevent injuries by providing informative and motivating information using advanced sensor and data science techniques. In a project entitled “Personalized feedback that works”, the PhD candidate will investigate in a variety of sports which kind of feedback is most effective in attaining the aforementioned goals, that is, the nature of the information provided, the perceptual modality in which this information is provided (vision versus audition), the environment within which this occurs (real versus virtual or mixed), and the means by which the feedback is made available to the athlete (self-selected versus imposed). In this context, computational mental models will be studied to provide e-coaching. The primary focus of research will be on the provision of personalized feedback in the context of recreational and competitive running and strength and aerobic training. However, insights into effective feedback solutions will be shared with the other projects within the program, which cover other sports (among which football, tennis and baseball). The innovative character of the project will reside in the integration of recent scientific insights into motor learning and the modification of life-style and health behavior into novel and effective feedback solutions in the sports and exercise domain. To realize this ambition, the project involves a close collaboration between researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Peter Beek and Melvyn Roerdink) and Delft University of Technology (Stephan Lukosch and Catholijn Jonker).

The PhD-student will closely work with researchers and professionals that participate in the program with the goal to develop novel and effective feedback solutions in a variety of sports.


• A completed MSc degree in the field of human movement sciences, experimental psychology, (bio)mechanical engineering, or industrial design;
• Strong analytical skills;
• Strong computer skills;
• Good writing skills;
• Excellent command of the English Language;
• Excellent organizational and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.


The appointment will be initially for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for 3 years (the total duration is 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance to courses and (international) meetings. PhD students are also expected to assist in teaching undergraduates.
You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at https://www.vu.nl/en/employment/ like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• generous contribution based on public transport;
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
• participation in Individual Choices model;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.840,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.

Additional information

Candidates should send a brief statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), and a curriculum vitae to Prof.dr. P.J. Beek via email with the subject ‘Personalized Feedback that Works!. Candidates should also ensure that a letter of recommendation, when applicable, is sent to the same email address by the deadline, June 20, 2018.

Contact: Prof.dr. P.J. Beek
Email: vacature.fgb@vu.nl
Letters of Reference should be sent to: vacature.fgb@vu.nl

For additional information please contact:
Prof.dr. P.J. Beek (p.j.beek@vu.nl)