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PhD position in Biomechanics / Muscle-tendon Mechanics at the Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy

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  • PhD position in Biomechanics / Muscle-tendon Mechanics at the Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy


    The School of Human and Movement Sciences of the University of Verona has been ranked among the best 4 Schools of Sport Sciences in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

    Our laboratory is equipped with VICON Motion Camera system, 2 force plates, 32 channels wireless EMG, accelerometers, load cells, TMS, metabolimeter, isokinetic dynamometers and ultrasound apparatus.

    Highly qualified laboratories in neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience and exercise physiology are also located within the Department, with possibilities for interdisciplinary collaborations. Moreover, the laboratory is currently collaborating with national and international universities and research institutions.


    We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student interested in human muscle function to join the Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences at the Faculty of Sport Science (University of Verona).

    The position will be fully funded for three years.

    The PhD position is associated with a research project entitled: "The Radiofrequency Ultrasound Technique as a tool in monitoring the mechanical properties of the musculoskeletal tissues".

    The project aims to understand the sensitivity of the RF technique in monitoring the changes of stiffness at the level of the muscle, tendon and cartilage both chronically (differences between populations, in health and disease) and acutely (during contraction and after exercise). Data collected by means of the RF technique will be compared with those typically determined in biomechanics labs to monitor tissue properties. Furthermore, the PhD students will be involved in complementary projects where the muscle and tendon mechanics/function will be evaluated in pathological populations pre and post-training.

    ​Required Qualifications

    Applicants should be highly motivated and have an MSc degree in biomechanics, biomedical (or mechanical) engineering, sport & exercise sciences, or a related field.

    Strong technical skills in data processing and analysis using software packages like MATLAB are highly desirable.

    Good English skills (writing and speaking) are required.

    Desired Qualifications

    Candidates with experience in human research including dynamometer testing, electromyography, and B-mode ultrasound are encouraged to apply.

    For those of you who might have been discouraged by language requirements, note that the Italian language is NOT mandatory.


    Fully funded position for 3 years.


    The supervisor and co-supervisor will be prof. Paola Zamparo and Dr. Andrea Monte, respectively.

    Prof. Paola Zamparo (

    Dr. Andrea Monte (

    For further information informal enquiries please contact

    Dr. Andrea Monte



    Please submit your full CV, cover letter and the name and contact information of at least one referee in a single PDF file to

    Your supporting statement should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.

    20 June 2023