The Robotics Biomechanics Health and Sport Lab at the University of Poitiers (France) is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join his group.
The PhD student will contribute to research that investigates biomechanical determinants of the BMX Race start. The overall project is a collaboration between the French Federation of Cycling, CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research) and INSEP (National Institute of Sport Expertise and Performance); it aims at analyzing and improving the start technique in BMX Race of elite athletes.

Position details:
- Fixed term contract (3 year)
- PhD students are fully funded (24 000€ /annual) as long as they make satisfactory progress towards their degree
- Position open until filled

- Participate in experimental data collection
- Develop computer codes to analyse data
- Develop mechanical simulation methods (multi-body systems dynamics) of rider-bicycle interactions
- Handle the database management
- Understand athletes’ needs and translate them into analysis solutions
- Present and discuss results, make suggestions in terms of performance related parameters
- Participate in the writing of scientific articles

Desired Qualifications:
• MS degree (or engineer diploma) in the technical field of the project: mechanical engineering, robotics, sport sciences, or a related discipline
• Demonstrated ability to conduct analysis of experimental data and perform mechanical simulations using programming skills
• Knowledge of biomechanical analysis of human motion (inverse kinematics, forward dynamics, etc.)
• Demonstrated programming skills in at least one of the following languages: Matlab, Python, C++ ; especially for matrix and formal calculus
• Knowledge of Opensim environment ( is a definitely plus
• Experience in using CAD software such as Solidworks is a plus
• Demonstrated ability to write technical/scientific reports
• Global interest in cycling and/or elite athlete’s performance
• Fluent in French and/or English (basic knowledge of French is a plus)

Only apply if:
• You have strong reasons and are highly motivated in doing a PhD
• You are ok staying 3 years in Poitiers
• You believe your are capable of writing two scientific articles during your PhD

Application: Send detailed CV and cover letter to:
More details on the PhD project available upon request