PhD (3 years) position "Daily electrical stimulation''

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD (3 years) position "Daily electrical stimulation''
  • University Graduate
Do you have a completed MSc degree in the field of Human Movement Science or related areas, and would you like to work in a multidisciplinary team of professionals in an  academic environment? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 1.0

Job description

The Department of Human Movement Sciences Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in collaboration with Reade, Centre for Rehabilitation and Rheumatology, is offering a three-year PhD studentship focused on the cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness of an electrical stimulation method to improve pressure ulcer (decubitus) risk factors: interface pressure distribution, local circulation, and muscle size and to markedly reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers in individuals with spinal cord injury. A prospective multicenter (all rehabilitation centers in the Netherlands with a specialized spinal cord injury unit) RCT design will be used with an economic and process evaluation alongside. The experimental group will receive electrical stimulation of the gluteal and hamstring muscles for one year next to the usual care, while the control group will receive only usual care. The studentship is funded by a grant provided by ZonMW. Applicants are expected to have experience and/or affinity with clinical studies.

  • a completed MSc degree in the field of Human Movement Science, or related areas
  • expertise in electrical stimulation is a pre
  • experience in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal measuring techniques is a pre
  • experience in clinical research or a clinical professional background is a pre
  • experience in cost-effectiveness evaluations is a pre
  • good writing skills
  • good command of the Dutch Language (mandatory)
  • good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • a driving license
An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance to courses and (international) meetings. PhD students are also expected to assist in teaching undergraduates.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,709 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 3 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences focuses on the broad domain of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society, from healthy aging to e-health, from juvenile crime to dealing with depression, from training for top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We are unique in that we combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education.

Working at Behavioural and Movement Sciences means working in an ambitious organization that is characterized by an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. Our faculty offers tremendous scope for personal development. We employ more than 600 staff members, and we are home to around 3,400 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 10 february 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: prof.dr. Thomas W.J. Janssen
Position: Professor
Telephone: +31646225856

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