Post doc position in laboratory assessment of human movements

  • before- 2023-06-12
  •  Temporary position
  •  100%
  •  Umeå

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The position is full-time for two years.

The project 

Our multi-professional research group at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation; Physiotherapy, studies human movement control particularly in persons with movement deficits following trauma or disease. The current research project addresses the consequences of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Based on specific research questions, we aim to assess how knee function and movement ability are affected and how this and psychological aspects, such as fear of secondary injury, affect the individual We also develop and evaluate assessment methods for these aspects based on, e.g., three-dimensional  movement analysis, brain imaging techniques, clinical tests and questionnaires.  

Your work assignments 

The position involves testing and measurements of movement control in people who have suffered ACL injury, and also of knee-healthy control persons including elite athletes. The focus is on motion analysis with laboratory-based methodology with three-dimensional kinematics, kinetics and electromyography recording of muscle activity, as well as parallel monitoring of brain activity with electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The tasks include data collection, analysis and interpretation as well as writing of scientific publications in collaboration with the research group. 


Applicants should have completed a PhD (within the previous 3 years) in a research field highly related to the understanding of human movement control and dysfunctions. Documented experience regarding biomechanics and assessment of movement ability in healthy persons and people with movement disorders is required. The applicant should have knowledge of techniques for human movement measurements and analysis, statistical analysis (doctoral level), as well as knowledge about relevant anatomy and physiology. Experience of advanced laboratory-based movement analysis methodologies such as 3D motion capture, kinetics, isokinetic registration, electromyography techniques, and use of software such as Visual 3D, MATLAB or similar is required. Further, the applicant should have education and experience of brain imaging techniques. Experience of parallel recording of human movements and brain activation data is merited. Publications in peer-reviewed journals, experience of grant writing and planning scientific studies are required. From the successful candidate, we expect a capability of autonomous scientific research work, good social interaction and skills in presenting and writing scientific publications in English. 

Applicants should submit: 

  • A Curriculum Vitae 
  • A short description of your research interests, why you are interested in the position and how you may contribute to the research 
  • Copies of degree certificates  
  • A summary of previous research achievements and qualifications of special interest for the present position (max 3 pages)  
  • A publication list  
  • Copies of relevant articles (max 5 papers)  
  • ·A list of 3 referees including positions and contact details 


Information box

  • Application deadline- 2023-06-12
  • Registration number- AN 2.2.1-680-23
  • Contact- Charlotte Häger- 090-7869275

Union representative

  • SACO- 090-7865365
  • SEKO- 090-7865296
  • ST- 090-7865431