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4-Year PhD Position on Task-Specific Fall Prevention (Maastricht, Netherlands & Hasselt, Belgium)

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  • 4-Year PhD Position on Task-Specific Fall Prevention (Maastricht, Netherlands & Hasselt, Belgium)

    We are looking for a PhD candidate as part of a joint, four-year PhD project financed by Hasselt University and Maastricht University. Hasselt University and Maastricht University have state of the art facilities for the analysis of human movement in all its complexity. The universities have close research ties with each other and with healthcare institutions that facilitate research on balance and fall prevention interventions in geriatric populations. This appointment fits within the developing collaboration between the two universities.
    You will start a joint PhD trajectory during which you are expected to work in both Belgium (Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hasselt University) and the Netherlands (Human Movement Sciences, NUTRIM, Maastricht University). The proposed research will take place at both universities.
    REVAL is an interdisciplinary and translational research group conducting research in the fields of pediatric, neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, biomechanics, health psychology, mental health and rehabilitation of internal disorders.
    NUTRIM is one of six research schools within the Maastricht UMC+. Within NUTRIM, fundamental and applied research in the areas of nutrition, exercise and metabolism takes place. The human movement sciences group focuses on neuromechanics and energetics of human movement and the effects of physical activity on health.

    Position Description
    You will conduct research on fall-resisting training with a focus on (loco)motor learning and biomechanics in older adults. The aim of this research is to gain important new insight into how falls in older adults can be prevented in a very specific and efficient way. Briefly, in the first phase of the project, you will develop, and assess the feasibility of, assessment and training protocols for proactive gait adaptability, gait robustness and reactive gait recovery on the Maastricht CAREN and Hasselt GRAIL systems. In the second phase of the project, a multi-centre randomised placebo-controlled trial will be conducted to assess and compare the effectiveness of these developed training protocols on fall-resisting skills in community-dwelling older adults.

    You have obtained a master’s degree in rehabilitation science, movement science, biomedical science, (technical) medicine (or similar).
    Final year students are also invited to apply.
    You have excellent communication skills and a good knowledge of English (spoken and written)
    Strong problem-solving skills, flexibility, organisational skills, and stress resistance.
    You have a strong interest in scientific research on older adults.
    You are collegial and can work well in a team.
    You are open to conducting transparent and open science.
    Experience with the target population is a plus.
    Experience with MOTEK technology/D-Flow or possession of other programming skills is a plus.
    You have achieved good academic results.
    A good knowledge of Dutch or a willingness to learn the language is a plus.

    Deadline: 15 Nov 2022

    Please find the official vacancy and application details here:
    (note that the advertisement is currently only in Dutch but an English version will be available shortly)

    Christopher McCrum
    Assistant Professor
    Dept. of Nutrition and Movement Sciences
    Maastricht University

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    Here you can find the English version of the advertisement: