Typical aging is associated with a reduced balance control and an increased risk of falls. Even though this increasing number in falls has devastating consequences in older adults (including injuries, inactivity, morbidity, death), the fundamentals of the risk of falls in this population remains largely unclear. The PhD will focus on different aspects of balance control in this population, how they are related to each other and to the risk of falls. We aim to provide an important contribution to knowledge that can inspire future training paradigms to tackle balance deficits in this aging population. You will follow the rules and guidelines of the ‘doctoral school’ of Hasselt University.
Within the context of the expansion of 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 domain of biomechanics of balance. The proposed research will be executed within the rehabilitation research group REVAL. REVAL is an interdisciplinary and translational research group which performs research in the domains of pediatric, geriatric, neurologic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, biomechanics, health psychology, mental health care and rehabilitation of internal diseases.The faculty organizes a 3 years academic bachelor and 2 years academic masterprogram in Rehabilitation Sciences & Physiotherapy. The program has approximately 850 students. The facultyorganizes interdisciplinary evidence-based courses for health care professionals in the REVAL ACADEMY program. This PhD will be performed in collaboration with research lines in musculoskeletal and geriatric rehabilitation.
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.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.
The selection procedure can also include a presentation and/or assignment.
Apply up to 05.07.2022