PhD studentship (EU FP7 funded project) at the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Sciences of Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the field of sensory motor control. The project will be concerned with the investigation of aging constraints in the postural adjustments evoked when avoiding/intercepting moving objects simulated in virtual reality. The vacancy is primarily intended for non-Greek citizens of EU countries, but non-EU applicants may apply.

The position is available as part of a large European training network ( that brings together leading researchers from across Europe (France, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK). This offers exciting opportunities for advanced training, collaboration with international centres of excellence, travel, interdisciplinary exchange and industrial secondments. The appointed researcher will work primarily at the Motor Control and Learning Laboratory of Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, Greece but is expected to collaborate closely together with the partners from the other institutions. The team collaborates with the Institute of Telematics and Informatics of CERTH ( providing access to virtual, augmented and mixed reality systems, haptic force feedback applications and the opportunity to work on visual simulations and modeling.

Candidates should hold (or expect) an undergraduate and Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Movement Science, Physics, Psychology, Neurophysiology, Bioengineering, Exercise and Sports Sciences, Physical Therapy). We are looking for a student who is interested in the relation between perception and motor control and has experience with experimental studies of human movements (including force platforms, movement tracking systems and electromyography). Proficiency in programming (MatLab and LabView) and statistics is desirable. Above all, candidates should be enthusiastic to learn new techniques and contribute to new experiments.

The post is available from September 2009. Salaries will be paid at rates set by the European Commission. In line with current EC policy, we particularly encourage applicants from women. All applicants will be accorded equal opportunities irrespective of ethnicity or gender.

If you are interested please send a CV, a brief description of research interests, and names of three references to Dr Vassilia Hatzitaki: