PhD position Understanding stability of walking – Active Control towards a Passively Stable Pattern

Published Deadline Location
24 May 28 Jun Amsterdam


The Department of Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is offering a four-year PhD studentship focused on the neural control of gait stability in humans. The project involves work on cortico-muscular coherence during gait, and biomechanical measures of gait stability. The studentship is funded by an NWO VIDI Grant. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in neurosciences and/or (bio-)mechanics and a clear affinity for signal processing. A master degree before September 2018 is mandatory.


• A completed MSc degree in the field of movement science, neurosciences, (biomedical) engineering, or related fields;
• Very strong analytical and numerical skills;
• Experience with work on bipedal gait (be it robotic or human) is a pre;
• Experience in working with human subjects is a pre;
• Very good knowledge of software programming (MatLab, C++ or similar);
• Good writing skills;
• Good command of the English Language (mandatory);
• Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.


The appointment will be initially for a period of 1 year. Provisional on satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended for 3 years (the total duration is 4 years) in which case it should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance to courses and (international) meetings. PhD students are also expected to assist in teaching undergraduates.
You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• generous contribution based on public transport;
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
• participation in Individual Choices model;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2840,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.


The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences (FBM) at VU University Amsterdam is unique in the wide field of behavioural and health sciences for combining the disciplines of psychology, education theory and human movement sciences. The faculty contributes to a better understanding of the way behaviour and movement are caused and can be influenced so as to promote physical and mental health and improve performance.


Candidates should send a brief statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), and a curriculum vitae to Sjoerd Bruijn via email with the subject "Understanding stability of walking – active control towards a passively stable pattern?"
Candidates should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are sent to the same email address by the deadline 28 June 2018.

Contact: Sjoerd Bruijn
Letters of Reference should be sent to:

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Sjoerd Bruijn, Prof. Dr. Andreas Daffertshofer, Prof. Dr. Jaap van Dieën.