PhD Position, Heidelberg University, Muscle activation patterns in gait with cerebral palsy

The Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital is offering a a PhD position (65%) in the Movement Analysis Laboratory financed by the German Research foundation (DFG) and limited for three years.

The division Movement Analysis directs two movement laboratories performing instrumented 3D gait- and movement analysis for research and clinical application . In the traditional gait laboratory patients with neurologic movement disorders are monitored for orthopaedic treatment planning and outcome control. In the second laboratory – designed as course with inclines and stair cases – patients with lower limb prostheses are monitored both for research and therapeutic treatment. A big archive of patients’ data including, gait data, clinical tests and treatment reports, is available for a period of more than 25 years.

Within a new research project, our aim is to assess Electromyography (EMG) signals in patients with cerebral palsy during walking to have a better understanding of EMG patterns. We aim to perform feature-oriented analysis framework for setting EMG data in context with clinical measures of joint ranges of motion, muscle strength, and spasticity as well as with gait features.

Possible candidates should hold a Master’s degree in mathematics or engineering, preferably Medical engineering, Computer or Robotics. Having strong background in machine learning and data mining techniques and programming skill especially in Matlab are required. Having knowledge in movement science would be plus. Candidates must be prepared for team work in a clinical setting.

Knowledge of German is not a formal prerequisite but the willingness to pick up the language will ease the work significantly.

The earliest time for starting the project is expected to be 1st of July 2022.

Please send your application including letter of motivation, CV and copies of certificates and references at best electronically as single PDF by email entitled ‘PhD Position, Muscle activation patterns in gait with cerebral palsy” to:

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wolf
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Zentrum für Orthopädie, Unfallchirurgie und Paraplegiologie
Schlierbacher Landstr. 200a
D-69118 Heidelberg

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