Postdoc position on “Neuro-motor assessment of the gait pattern 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 focused on the neuro-motor assessment of the gait pattern in children with cerebral palsy. The position is funded by a NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Vidi Grant, and can start immediately or at a date decided in agreement between the two parties (more info about the Vidi project: FirSteps).
Applicants are expected to have a strong background in motor control and neural control of human locomotion, as well as experience with EMG/EEG 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).
• The candidate will conduct research to assess the biomechanical and muscular activation underlying the gait pattern in children with cerebral palsy and study the effect of current rehabilitation techniques.
• Organize and conduct measurements in collaboration with other team members of the group at the VU University Amsterdam (and the other institutes involved in the project: VU medical center (VUmc, Amsterdam), Maastricht University medical center (MUMC, Maastricht) and Santa Lucia Foundation (IRCCS, Rome).
• The researcher will have the main responsibility to carry out the kinematic and emg 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.
• A PhD degree in in the field of movement science, neuroscience, physics, or related fields.
• Preferably the PhD degree has been obtained after January 2017, or expect to obtain it by August 2018.
• Strong analytical and numerical skills;
• Experience in electrophysiology (EMG and/or EEG);
• 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 (depending on starting date). You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:
This includes:
• A postdoc contract of 2 years (depending on starting date).
• 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.
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.
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 (, with the subject “FirSteps PostDoc Position”.

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
For additional information please contact:
Dr. Nadia Dominici, Prof. Dr. Andreas Daffertshofer
Any other correspondence (e.g. from recruitment agencies) in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.