PhD candidate at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) for the project: Sensory motor deficits in children with movement disorders

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Deadline: 28 Aug 2022

PhD candidate at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) for the project: Sensory motor deficits in children with movement disorders
PhD candidate at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) for the project: Sensory motor deficits in children with movement disorders
Published Deadline Location
10 Aug 28 Aug Maastricht

Job description

Children with movement disorders (dystonia and spasticity) are limited in their arm and hand function, which makes it difficult for them to perform many activities of daily living like dressing, eating, writing etc. Many of these children also suffer from sensory deficits. However, an intact sensory function of the affected hand is of great importance for the quality of hand function and bimanual function. Treatment options range from intense training, botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation. However, individual treatment efficacy may substantially differ. Therefore, we want to analyze the individual sensory deficits using an established sensory inventory by means of electrophysiology (EEG and EMG) and the haptic master (a robotic arm for controlled reaching and holding tasks). With the haptic master we will induce sensory perturbations to study the effect of sensory modulation on motor tasks.

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
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Maastricht University (UM)


This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between clinical researchers (neurology and rehabilitation) and basic researchers (neuropsychology, movement sciences and data science).
The PhD student is therefore expected to have affinity with interdisciplinary research, combining skills in experimental research and data analysis, has excellent social skills and can work well with children.
Data analysis and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, Python) and experience with EEG acquisitions are preferred.

Conditions of employment

Temporary employment for 4 years. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years, which happens in the vast majority of cases.

Your salary will be € 2,541 gross per month in the first year up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided. Each year an evaluation will take place.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website  > About UM > Working at UM .

Maastricht University

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Additional information

For questions about this position please contact:

Prof. Jeroen Vermeulen, Department of Neurology
Phone: +31 43 3875058

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