The Rehabilitation Sciences of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f/x)
PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences - Rehabilitation in persons with
Multiple Sclerosis and walking related fatigability
Within the context of expanding the research of the REVAL Rehabilitation
Research group of Hasselt University, the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences
wishes to inform about a vacant PhD position (100%) in the multi-dimensional
evaluation and rehabilitation in persons with Multiple Sclerosis and walking
You will be part of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at UHasselt. This
faculty organizes an educational program consisting of a 3-year academic
bachelor and a 2-year academic master program within Rehabilitation Sciences
and Kinesitherapy. This program has approximately 850 students. The faculty
also provides education in the inter-university Master's in Occupational
Therapy Sciences. Within the faculty, REVAL ACADEMY organizes
interdisciplinary continuing education courses aimed at professionals in
healthcare and rehabilitation. The proposed research will be conducted within
the rehabilitation research group REVAL. REVAL is an interdisciplinary and
translational research group which performs research in the domains of
pediatric, neurologic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, biomechanics, health
psychology, mental health care and rehabilitation of internal diseases. Within
the perspective of a "civic university" the RELAB platform facilitates the
provision of evidence based advice to individuals with a functioning problem
and professionals within the healthcare sector as well as to companies. This
PhD is done in collaboration with (inter)national rehabilitation centers.
Persons with Multiple Sclerosis often present motor and cognitive impairments
leading to dual task difficulty, besides experiencing fatigue. All of these
impact walking capacity, which is normally an automatized activity without the
need for conscious cognitive control. In the recent years, the research group
often in collaboration with the National MS center in Melsbroek and
Noorderhart in Pelt, has specifically investigated walking related
fatigability. This phenomenon is characterized by slowing down during walking
and can be caused by neural drive dysfunction towards motor commands, reduced
cognitive attention and/or muscle fatigue. This research project aims to
perform a multidimensional evaluation of walking dysfunction by means of a
combination of biomechanical (using the GRAIL system) analyses of balance
and gait, conducting measurements of attention (behavioural, neural activity
using fNIRS) as well as evaluating (perceived) changes in performance and
energy levels during functional tasks and in daily life (using sensors,
mHealth). In addition, the project aims to investigate the effects of various
interventions (such as strength, balance, cognitive training or
combinations) on walking capacity and performance, along with biomechanical,
cognitive and neural aspects.
You have a Master in Rehabilitation Sciences, human movement sciences (or
Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.
You obtained good academic results.
You have a strong affinity with neurological rehabilitation.
Experience with the target population in a clinical setting or in research
is a plus.
Scientific achievements are an added value.
You have knowledge on the design, execution and analysis of experimental
Experience in biomechanical, cognitive, or neural control are of
You have strong problem-solving skills, flexibility, organisational
capacity and stress resistance.
You have strong oral and written communication skills, and are fluent in
Dutch (or can show that reaching ERK level C1 is feasible on short term)
You actively contribute to a positive working atmosphere, and make
connections between different domains and people (teaching assistants,
PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, professors).
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Position for 2 years. After positive evaluation one time extendable with 2
years. Positon at Hasselt University.
You can only apply online up to and including 23 June 2021.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file
and an interview.
A presentation or assignment is a possibility. The interviews are scheduled
for the first half of July 2021.
Prof. dr. Peter FEYS, +32-11-292123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. dr. Pieter MEYNS, +32-11-269395, email@example.com
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