PhD position, Motor development and postural control

Voltijd (40 uur)
donderdag 16 mei 2019 tot zondag 9 juni 2019

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences/Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (research group MOVANT) is seeking to fill a full-time (100%)vacancy for a
Doctoral student in the area of Motor development and postural control
Research is performed within the research group MOVANT and in collaboration with the M²OCEAN movement analysis lab
Job description

  • You prepare a PhD proposal  in the field of  Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy.
  • You contribute to teaching and research in the department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy.
  • You perform neuromechanical research on balance control in young children. Adequate balance control is a prerequisite to achieve postural stability/control in early life and more complex gross and fine motor skills later in childhood. Balance deficits are a common problem in children with various pathologies. Because of the potential impact of these balance deficits on motor development, they need to be detected early in childhood. However, balance control is complex and comprises different mechanisms. At present none of the available pediatric balance tests allows for a comprehensive evaluation of all these different aspects involved in balance control. The aim of the research project is to develop an integrated approach of assessing balance in 5 to 7 year old children covering the entire concept of balance control.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree  in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Physical Education and Movement Sciences or equivalent.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You are independent, driven, inquisitive and creative.
  • You have a strong interest in the domain of neuromotor control.
  • You master the Dutch language or are willing to learn.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal upon successfully obtaining a PhD grant;
  • the start date of scholarship will be September 1st, 2019;
  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.373,36 - € 2.516,73;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, including a motivation letter, until the closing date 9 June 2019.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place in June 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Ann Hallemans, +32 3 265 29 12.

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