POSTDOC POSITION ON “NEURAL ASPECTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF WALKING IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY”


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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.

Job description
The Department of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, is offering a two-year PostDoc position (with possible extension to a third year), focused on the study of the neural mechanisms underlying the emergence of walking in children with cerebral palsy. The position is funded by an ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant (more info about the project: Learn2Walk).
Applicants are expected to have a strong background in motor control and neural control of human locomotion, as well as experience with EEG/EMG data collection and analysis. Minor teaching tasks may be included, e.g. master thesis or PhD supervision within the research area of the postdoc (more info about the group: CoordinationDynamic Group).

Candidates should preferably have obtained a PhD after January 2017, or expect to obtain it by August 2018.

Tasks
• The researcher will conduct research to study the reorganization of cortical and corticomuscular
activity during walking in children with cerebral palsy.
• Organize and conduct measurements in collaboration with other team members of the group at the VU University Amsterdam, VU medical center (VUmc) and at Maastricht University medical center (MUMC).
• The researcher will have the main responsibility to carry out the eeg data analysis on the collected data.
• Learn and apply state of the art techniques.
• Promote team work with researchers working on similar projects.
• Write high standard international peer-reviewed publications.
• Present research findings at scientific conferences and to local stakeholders.

Requirements
• A PhD degree in in the field of movement science, neuroscience, physics, or related fields.
• Strong analytical and numerical skills;
• Experience in electrophysiology (EEG, EMG);
• Demonstrable (affinity with) technical skills, such as programming, use of Matlab/C++ or similar.
• A demonstrated ability to publish scientific papers;
• An ability to work well in team
• Sufficient command of the Dutch Language;
• Good command of the English Language (mandatory);
• Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team

Further particulars
The appointment will be for 2 years with possible extension to a third year. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at https://www.vu.nl/en/employment/employment-conditions/index.asp like:

This includes:
• A postdoc contract of 2 years with possible extension to a third year.
• Additional remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• contribution commuting allowance based on public transport.
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
• participation in 'individual choices' model;
• professional childcare on the VU campus;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

Salary
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of € 3.389,- gross per month (salaryscale 10-5) up to a maximum of € 4.274,- (max salary scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime employment.

Application:
Candidates should send a brief statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), and a curriculum vitae including a list of publications with bibliographical references and contact details (telephone and e-mail) for three referees to Nadia Dominici via email (vacature.bw.fgb@vu.nl), with the subject “Learn2Walk Project EEG”.
The application must be submitted in English.

Candidates should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are sent to the same email address by the deadline 6 September 2018.

Contact: Nadia Dominici
Email: vacature.bw.fgb@vu.nl

Information:
For additional information please contact:
Dr. Nadia Dominici, Prof. Dr. Andreas Daffertshofer
e-mails: n.dominici@vu.nl ; a.daffertshofer@vu.nl
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