PhD in neuromuscular coordination

University of Poitiers, France

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Title : Characterization of anticipatory neuromuscular coordination during explosive movements

Summary: The objective of this PhD thesis is to characterize anticipatory muscular coordination during iexplosive movements performed by trained female and male athletes. The Ph.D. student will conceive experimental protocols where human participants have to perform explosive dynamic movements. Data will be collected using both human motion analysis (infrared cameras & force sensors) and muscular physiology (electromyography & superfast ultrasound echograph) equipment. Anticipatory neuromuscular coordination recorded during explosive movements will then be analysed using multi-scale and multi-physic models. Joint torques and muscular lengths and activation patterns will be estimated from a personalised musculoskeletal model. Data collected with echographs will help refine the characterization of interactions between muscular and tendinous fibers.

Keywords: Human movement, Biomechanics, Neuromuscular coordination, Motion Analysis, Musculoskeletal Modelling, Experimental studies, Sport.

Supervisors: Dr. Floren COLLOUD & Dr Romain TISSERAND, Institut Pprime UPR 3346, Team Robioss

Application Details:
Calendar :
• Applications must be sent by email before April, 20th 2021.
• Interview: from May 17th to May 21st 2021.
• Project and funding will start October 1st 2021.

Expected profile
• Master’s degree in mechanics or engineering with a specialization in biomechanics.
• Skills in scientific programming (Matlab, Python, C++, …).
• Advanced skills in motion capture and musculoskeletal modelling.
• Knowledge in motor control would be a plus.
• Fluent in English (and eventually correct French), good communication and writing skills.
• Rigor, sense of initiative, autonomy and a taste for experimental work.

The application file must include
• CV.
• Application letter.
• Postgraduate marks reports (all years).
• References letters from your postgraduate supervisor(s) and/or internship supervisor(s).

Closing Deadline: April, 20th 2021