Description
The Laboratory of Automation, Mechanics and Industrial and Human Computing (LAMIH, UMR-CNRS 8201) of the Polytechnic University Hauts-de-France (UPHF) with the company DECATHLON are seeking a PhD student to conduct biomechanical research for the evaluation of the locomotion of young sportsmen in different footwear conditions in various sports activities (athletics, sports-co, ...) via a longitudinal study.
The thesis will be carried out at DECATHLON Campus (Villeneuve d'Ascq) and LAMIH (Valenciennes). The methodology will permit a longitudinal follow-up of young sportsmen on parameters resulting from a movement analysis (kinematics, kinetics, EMG, ultrasound) and from the functional evaluation of the movement.

The PhD will involve the following aspects:
  • Literature review
  • Implementation of experiments allowing longitudinal monitoring of young athletes
  • Experiments on a cohort of children
  • Development of biomechanical analysis
  • Development of statistical analysis
  • Presentations and regular reports to DECATHLON and LAMIH


Student profile:
  • Good knowledge of: Biomechanical modelling; Biomechanical measurement tools
  • Knowledge in: Motion analysis; Programming (Matlab); Data analysis
  • The ability of develop good relationships with sports people and with children
  • Good level in French and English (both written and spoken)


Position will be placed at: DECATHLON Campus, 4 Boulevard de Mons, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq

Supervisory Team: Dr Eleni GRIMPAMPI (DECATHLON), Dr Maxime ROUX (DECATHLON), Pr Emilie SIMONEAU (LAMIH –UMR-CNRS 8201), Dr Sébastien LETENEUR (LAMIH –UMR-CNRS) and Dr Christophe GILLET (LAMIH –UMR-CNRS).

Interested applicants should contact eleni.grimpampi@decathlon.com and emilie.simoneau@uphf.fr with their CV and cover letter.

Closing date: 20 January 2020.