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    Dear all,

    A 3 year funded PhD course in Exercise and Sport Science has been
    advertised, with a deadline of 21 September 2009 (the application
    needs to be delivered within that date).

    If you know of any bright young students who may be interested in
    doing a PhD with me in Italy on a project entitled “Biomechanical and
    physiological adaptations to handcycling”, please forward this e-mail
    to them and suggest that they submit an application.

    Short description: Handcycling, as a form of exercise and sport,
    elicits on subjects' psychophysical health short to medium term
    effects, which deserve to be investigated. That may be performed by
    means of some studies both in ecological context and biomechanics
    laboratory. Preliminary measurements may include motion capture, force
    measures, EMG and ventilatory measures by means of optoelectronic, SRM
    and sEMG systems, GPS receivers and portable metabograph. Adequate
    quantity and quality of subjects is already available. Studies may be
    performed together with other researchers belonging to national and/or
    foreign institutions.

    Essential requirements: aptitude in mathematical/computer methods, a
    good Master-equivalent (5 y) degree in a biological/mathematical/
    engineering/medicine/sport science discipline, enthusiasm, experience
    in experimental physiology-biomechanics, data collection and analysis.

    Desirable requirements: a technical background, programming skills

    The information is in both English and Italian at the following site
    (read carefully): ssServ=127&lang=en

    Before and in addition to posting the application, the applicants
    should send me 1) their extended CV, 2) an informal letter about their
    reasons to apply for a PhD studentship to work on the above cited
    topic with me and 3) their application form filled.

    Relevant references:
    1. Capelli C., Ardigò L. P., Schena F., Zamparo P. (2008) Energy cost
    and mechanical efficiency of riding a human-powered recumbent bicycle.
    Ergonomics Oct., 51(10): 1565-75;
    2. Ardigò L. P., Goosey-Tolfrey V. L., Minetti A. E. (2005)
    Biomechanics and energetics of basketball wheelchairs evolution. Int.
    J. Sports Med. Jun., 26(5): 388-96;
    3. Ardigò L. P., Saibene F., Minetti A. E. (2003) The optimal
    locomotion on gradients: walking, running or cycling? Eur. J. Appl.
    Physiol. Oct., 90(3-4): 365-71.

    Best wishes,


    Luca P. Ardigò PhD
    Sport Lecturer
    Faculty Of Exercise and Sports Science
    University of Verona
    43, via Felice Casorati
    Verona (VR)
    off. +39 045 842 5117
    fax +39 045 842 5131