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PhD position Understanding stability of walking – Active Control towards a Passively Stable Pattern

The Department of Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is offering a four-year PhD studentship focused on the neural control of gait …

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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 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is offering a four-year PhD studentship focused on the neural control of gait stability in humans. The project involves work on cortico-muscular coherence during gait, and biomechanical measures of gait stability. The studentship is funded by an NWO VIDI Grant. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in neurosciences and/or (bio-)mechanics and a clear affinity for signal processing. A master degree before September 2018 is mandatory.


• A completed MSc degree in the field of movement science, neurosciences, (biomedical) engineering, or related fields;
• Very strong analytical and numerical skills;
• Experience with work on bipedal gait (be it robotic or human) is a pre;
• Experience in working with human subjects is a pre;
• Very good knowledge of software programming (MatLab, C++ or similar);
• Good writing skills;
• Good command of the English Language (mandatory);
• Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.


The appointment will be initially for a period of 1 year. Provisional on satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended for 3 years (the total duration is 4 years) in which case it 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 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 € 2222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2840,- 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 Sjoerd Bruijn via email with the subject "Understanding stability of walking – active control towards a passively stable pattern?"
Candidates should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are sent to the same email address by the deadline 28 June 2018.

Contact: Sjoerd Bruijn
Email: vacature.bw.fgb@vu.nl
Letters of Reference should be sent to: vacature.bw.fgb@vu.nl

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Sjoerd Bruijn, Prof. Dr. Andreas Daffertshofer, Prof. Dr. Jaap van Dieën.
e-mails: s.m.bruijn@vu.nl; a.daffertshofer@vu.nl; j.van.dieen@vu.nl