The Department of Human Movement Sciences is offering a four-year government-funded PhD studentship in the framework of the NWO project ‘Citius Altius Sanius’.
Muscle injuries constitute more than a third of all time-loss injuries in soccer and field hockey and cause more than a quarter of the total injury absence, with the hamstrings and adductors being the most frequently involved. Despite diverse efforts on prevention of
muscle injuries, there is an annual increase of hamstring injuries in professional soccer and hockey. An important reason for this type of injuries is the high muscle stress during explosive actions like sprinting, directional changes, jumping and kicking in modern game-play. However, the currently available monitoring systems are not able to measure the load of the musculoskeletal system around the hip.
The project aims at developing a system that is able to identify and monitor hip-related muscle stress. We focus on measuring local movements during isolated actions and game-based training by wearing sensor shorts and develop individual (over)load models that can be used to optimize performance and prevent hip-related muscle injuries. Feedback will be provided real-time to the coach or physical trainer for multiple players simultaneously using an app and tablet. For this we will develop smart sensor shorts that can measure movements around the hip, process the data and transmit it to a laptop. Based on individual biomechanical models, a software tool will be developed, which enables the medical and technical staff to monitor the hip-related muscle stress of 10-20 players simultaneously during isolated actions as well as game-based training to guide the training process and signal overload.
The PhD-student will closely work with researchers and professionals from the participating institutes with the goal to perform and publish innovative research in the area of human movement sciences. The PhD-student will work in two places: One is the University (1-2 days) and the other place is the National Football Medical Centre of the Royal Netherland Football Association (4-3 days) situated in Zeist.
• A completed MSc degree in the field of human movement sciences, with background in exercise and/or biomechanics and/or modelling;
• Strong analytical 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.
Candidates should send a brief statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), and a curriculum vitae to Prof.dr. G.J.P.Savelsbergh and Dr. J. de Ruiter via email, with the subject ‘smart sensor shorts’. Candidates should also ensure that a letter of recommendation, when applicable, is sent to the same email address by the deadline, 17 June, 2018.
Contact: Prof.dr. G.J.P. Savelsbergh & Dr. J. de Ruiter
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