Dear all,

A 3 year funded PhD course in Exercise and Sport Science has been
advertised, with a deadline of 21 September 2009 (the application
needs to be delivered within that date).

If you know of any bright young students who may be interested in
doing a PhD with me in Italy on a project entitled ôBiomechanical and
physiological adaptations to handcyclingö, please forward this e-mail
to them and suggest that they submit an application.

Short description: Handcycling, as a form of exercise and sport,
elicits on subjects' psychophysical health short to medium term
effects, which deserve to be investigated. That may be performed by
means of some studies both in ecological context and biomechanics
laboratory. Preliminary measurements may include motion capture, force
measures, EMG and ventilatory measures by means of optoelectronic, SRM
and sEMG systems, GPS receivers and portable metabograph. Adequate
quantity and quality of subjects is already available. Studies may be
performed together with other researchers belonging to national and/or
foreign institutions.

Essential requirements: aptitude in mathematical/computer methods, a
good Master-equivalent (5 y) degree in a biological/mathematical/
engineering/medicine/sport science discipline, enthusiasm, experience
in experimental physiology-biomechanics, data collection and analysis.

Desirable requirements: a technical background, programming skills
(LabVIEW).

The information is in both English and Italian at the following site
(read carefully):

http://www.univr.it/main?ent=catdoc&id=2393&idDest=2&sServ=68&serv=65& ssServ=127&lang=en

Before and in addition to posting the application, the applicants
should send me 1) their extended CV, 2) an informal letter about their
reasons to apply for a PhD studentship to work on the above cited
topic with me and 3) their application form filled.

Relevant references:
1. Capelli C., Ardig˛ L. P., Schena F., Zamparo P. (2008) Energy cost
and mechanical efficiency of riding a human-powered recumbent bicycle.
Ergonomics Oct., 51(10): 1565-75;
2. Ardig˛ L. P., Goosey-Tolfrey V. L., Minetti A. E. (2005)
Biomechanics and energetics of basketball wheelchairs evolution. Int.
J. Sports Med. Jun., 26(5): 388-96;
3. Ardig˛ L. P., Saibene F., Minetti A. E. (2003) The optimal
locomotion on gradients: walking, running or cycling? Eur. J. Appl.
Physiol. Oct., 90(3-4): 365-71.

Best wishes,

Luca

Luca P. Ardig˛ PhD
Sport Lecturer
Faculty Of Exercise and Sports Science
University of Verona
43, via Felice Casorati
IT-37131
Verona (VR)
Italy
off. +39 045 842 5117
fax +39 045 842 5131