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PhD Position in Neuro-Rehabilitation focusing on Gait Assessment, Volketswil, CH

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  • PhD Position in Neuro-Rehabilitation focusing on Gait Assessment, Volketswil, CH

    Hocoma is the leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of robotic therapy devices for medical rehabilitation.
    We are a partner in the project Moving Beyond, which is an Industrial Academic Initial Training Network towards focused treatment of age related motor symptoms. Moving Beyond is funded by the European Union.

    Project Goal Summary:
    Gait and postural control impairments and falls are ubiquitous among the elderly, and lead to enormous personal, occupational, and health care burden. Moving Beyond focuses on the role of supraspinal motor control mechanisms in ageing and Parkinsonís Disease. It will span the entire spectrum from basic understanding of these mechanisms over diagnostics to therapeutic applications regarding supraspinal motor control deficits. The comprehensive inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary training program will comprise a unique set of state-of-the-art scientific and soft skill training measures pursuing general and individually tailored training approaches. Outreach and dissemination activities form a crucial part of Moving Beyond.

    PhD Position: Within your studies, you will develop a walking assessment, that evaluates the ability and performance of walking in the Lokomat. The Lokomat is a robotic exoskeleton that assists walking movements of gait-impaired patients and offers the possibility of performing standardized measurements.
    Your tasks, at the interface between technology, biomechanics, and clinical rehabilitation, will include setting up and performing measurements, analysing biomedical data, and the development, quantification and validation of algorithms to calculate the future "walking assessment".

    The project duration is three years starting at the latest in March 2013. Your main work will be carried out at Hocoma, while the scientific guidance and PhD administration will be accompanied by academic partners of the project.

    Your profile
    - We are looking for candidates with an M.Sc. in biomedical engineering or adjacent fields of the engineering disciplines or human movement sciences. Experience in robotics, real-time control, human and robotic locomotion or in physical therapy are considered a plus. We seek for a person with strong analytical abilities and systematic thinking.
    - Candidates can be of any nationality and must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Candidates should have less than 4 years of postgraduate research experience.
    - If you are an integrative personality with good communication skills (fluent in English, German is preferable) and willing to push on this interesting project with your independent working style, we look forward to receiving your application.

    How to contact us
    For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Julia Buehlmeier, Product Manager at Hocoma, Tel. + 41 (0)43 444 22 00. Please send your complete application with a photo to: Hocoma AG, Human Resources, Industriestrasse 4, CH-8604 Volketswil or via e-mail to

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