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  • Postdoctoral position: Biomechanics-Hand

    Postdoctoral position - Biomechanics and musculoskeletal modeling of the hand

    Keywords: Biomechanics, Hand, Musculoskeletal model, Muscle physiology, Electromyography, Grip tasks.

    The research team, part of Institute of Movement Sciences at the Aix-Marseille University, uses experimental and computational approaches to better the understanding of hand biomechanics and improve tool ergonomics and upper limb rehabilitation.
    Applications are invited for a research associate position for the development and personalization of hand and wrist musculoskeletal models. In particular, we are looking for candidates to integrate aspects of muscle-tendon dynamics within such models and estimate physiological parameters from in vivo dynamometric and electromyography measurements.
    The project will require the implementation of new features in an existing models and/or the development of optimization procedures.

    • PhD (or equivalent experience) in engineering, bioengineering, computer sciences or kinesiology, preferably related to biomechanics.
    • High level of competence in computer languages, especially MATLAB.
    • Expertise in muscle modeling and/or musculoskeletal modeling
    • Experience of recording and processing in electromyography signal
    • Experience in motion capture (kinematics, dynamometry)• Good knowledge of hand anatomy/functioning is preferable

    • Competence at writing and presenting in scientific English at a level suitable for conference presentations and peer reviewed journal publications
    • Basic knowledge of French is preferable

    • 12 months contract starting as soon as the position is fulfilled
    • Salary: to be discussed depending on experience
    • Location: Campus of Luminy, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (UMR CNRS 7287) Marseille France.

    L. Vigouroux (PhD), Institute of Movement Sciences, Aix Marseille University. (

    Application process:
    Email a CV and a cover letter to Dr. Laurent Vigouroux (

    The position is open until filled.


    Goislard de Monsabert B., Vigouroux L., Bendahan D., Berton E., 2014. Quantification of finger joint loadings using musculoskeletal modelling clarifies mechanical risk factors of hand osteoarthritis. Medical Engineering & Physics, 36, 177-184.
    Rossi, J., Goislard de Monsabert B., Berton, E., Vigouroux, L., 2015. Handle shape affects the grip force distribution and the muscle loadings during power grip tasks. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 31 (6), 430-438
    Rossi, J., Vigouroux, L. Barla, C., Berton, E., 2014. Potential effects of racket grip size on lateral epicondilalgy risks. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine Science and Sport, 24, 462-470.
    Vigouroux, L., Quaine, F., Labarre-Vila, A., Amarantini, D., Moutet, F., 2007. Using EMG data to constrain optimization procedure improves finger tendon tension estimations during static fingertip force production Journal of Biomechanics. 40: 2846-56.
    Vigouroux, L. Goislard de Monsabert B. Berton E., 2015. Estimation of hand and wrist muscle capacities in rock-climbers. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 115, 947-957.