The International Paralympic Committee Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

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VU University Amsterdam
VU University (VU) Amsterdam is a research-oriented university with approximately 25,000 students. The Faculty of Human Movement Sciences is an interdisciplinary faculty at VU Amsterdam that combines scientific education with research excellence in motor control, skill learning, biomechanics, physiology, and coordination dynamics. The Faculty is characterised by its collaborative environment, enthusiastic colleagues, and appreciation for good team spirit. The Faculty provides excellent research facilities and state of the art technical equipment and support. The interdisciplinarity of our research is a powerful asset that makes unique contributions of broad interest to scientists, industry, and to the public at large. The Faculty’s scientific research is conducted within the Research Institute MOVE. The MOVE Institute performs fundamental and applied research in human movement, regenerative medicine, rehabilitation and sport with a strong integrative and translational focus.

We are looking for a passionate and intelligent person who is committed to performing outstanding research that will make a difference to members of the wider community.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship has been established as a result of a partnership between the IPC and VU Amsterdam to develop evidence-based classification systems for athletes with visual impairment. The visual classification system endorsed by the IPC should encourage visually impaired persons to participate in sport by ensuring they compete in comparable classes that minimise the impact of the visual impairment on the outcome of the competition.

The position is a research role working exclusively on projects for IPC sport classification. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development of methods of evidence-based classification that ensure fair and equitable competition in Paralympic Sport, specifically in this case, for the development of assessment tools and sport-specific classification in IPC Swimming. Across different phases of the project the successful applicant will be required to (1) use innovative measurement techniques (e.g., performance analysis and biomechanics) to establish the visual information relied on by skilled swimmers; (2) examine the magnitude of visual impairment likely to impact a swimmers ability to pick-up this task-relevant information (hence impairing swimming performance); and (3) develop and validate a suitable visual and/or psychometric testing paradigm to ensure fair and equitable competition between visually impaired swimmers. The IPC aims to have the new classification procedure in place for the 2020 Paralympic games.

IPC Vision Classification Research at VU Amsterdam is managed by Dr. David Mann and is performed within the Perceptual Motor Control Research Group headed by Prof. Geert Savelsbergh. The successful applicant will be based in the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam; however, the position requires intermittent domestic and international travel to attend conferences and to perform data collection at swimming meets and competitions.

Candidates are required to have a PhD in human movement science, optometry, psychology, or in a suitably related area (completed or with a fixed date for the defence/submission). Candidates should be fluent in English (Dutch is not compulsory) and possess excellent communication skills. Candidates should have a competitive research track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences (commensurate with that of a recent PhD graduate).

The following skills are highly desirable for the role (though not compulsory): experience working with elite athletes and/or coaches; computer programming skills (e.g., Matlab); experience in vision and/or psychometric testing; experience of performance analysis in sport.

Further particulars
The IPC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is a 3-year position with an initial appointment for 1 year. The starting date is flexible, though the Faculty is looking to commence the project as soon as possible.

We offer a competitive postdoctoral salary package in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel in the Netherlands (CAO salary scale 10 commencing at € 3,037 gross per month based on fulltime employment). International applicants may qualify for the skilled immigrant tax ruling that ensures 30% of the salary is non-taxable (see for further details). In addition, we offer holiday allowance, end-of-year allowance, a wide range of sporting facilities (that staff may use at a modest charge), and other benefits. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at 

Information and application
For additional information about the position please contact:
Dr David Mann
Phone number +31 (0)20 5987911

Information about the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences as VU Amsterdam is available at

Information about the International Paralympic Committee is available at

Applications should be submitted before September 9, 2013. Applicants are required to write a short cover letter describing why they would like to apply for the role and how they see their skill set matching the requirements of the position. The application should include a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Written applications should be sent to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Human Movement Sciences          
Attn.: ms. drs. O.M. Jukema
Van der Boechorststraat 9
1081 BT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

It is also possible to apply by e-mail by sending the application to:

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header or, if applying by mail, at the top of your letter and on the envelope.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.