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PhD position in Computational motor control at Université Paris-Sud. UR CIAMS EA 4532

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  • PhD position in Computational motor control at Université Paris-Sud. UR CIAMS EA 4532

    1 PhD Position in Computational Motor Control
    Motor Control and Perception lab. University Paris-Sud, France

    We invite students to apply for 1 PhD position in the Motor Control and Perception team of the UR CIAMS lab (EA 4532) at the University Paris-Sud.

    The PhD project will involve computer analysis, modeling and simulation of 3D human movements. The aim is to investigate the role of rotation axes in the control of unconstrained multiarticulated movements, with a special focus on inter-individual differences and cost functions.
    More details about our research can be found on the homepage of Dr Brice Isableu - and in the publications of Dr Bastien Berret, in particular:
    B. Berret, E. Chiovetto, F. Nori, and T. Pozzo, Evidence for Composite Cost Functions in Arm Movement Planning: An Inverse Optimal Control Approach, PLoS Comput Biol, 2011
    B. Berret, E. Chiovetto, F. Nori, and T. Pozzo, Manifold reaching paradigm: how do we handle target redundancy?, Journal of Neurophysiology, 2011

    Applicants should have good computational and programming skills and an excellent first degree in computer science, engineering, maths, physics, robotics, or a related discipline. Good English skills are required.

    Previous experience in motor neuroscience is not required but would be an advantage. A strong interest in multidisciplinary research is desirable, in particular for experimental data acquisition on humans (motion capture, EMG recordings).

    The successful candidate will be eligible for a research studentship award (Phd grant from the Université Paris-Sud). The grant amount is approximately 16.870 euros(fulltime research) or 19.764 euros net per year, before taxes (the latter includes supplementary teaching assistance (64h) or administrative missions).

    Applicants should provide the report card of their master’s degree before june 26th. Eligible applicants will be required to defend the thesis project to the doctoral selection committee (4th or 6th july 2012). Applicants from outside France are also eligible.
    Université Paris-Sud is a truly international institution. Many of its students go abroad every year for part of their studies. UPS also hosts a large number of foreign students (over 4,800 visiting students from 132 countries in 2008-2009). Université Paris-Sud comprises 5 university campuses, 3 institutes of technology and 1 institute of engineering. University sites and institutes are located along the RER B train line, ensuring direct access to the centre of Paris.

    Please contact Dr Brice Isableu ( for informal inquiries. The candidates should send a CV, a brief letter of intention and the names and contact details of two references at Dr Brice Isableu. Deadline for applications is June 19th, 2012.
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    CIAMS Laboratory - Complexity, Innovation & Motor et Sports Activities, EA 4532
    * CoHead of the " Motor Control & Perception" team

    * CoHead of the R&D department "Sports, Sciences & Innovations"

    * CoHead of the Master 1 " Motor Control - Physical Practices: Psychological Perspectives "

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