Netherlands: 4 PhD students for translational research within MOVE

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The Faculty of Human Movement Sciences is looking for 4 PhD students for translational research within MOVE:

1 PhD student for the project “Quantification of spinal segment stiffness: a clinical tool for evaluating disc degeneration” f/m

For 1,0 fte

PhD student Effects of Pre-operative Training on Post-operative Recovery of Elderly Orthopedic Patients f/m

For 1,0 fte

PhD student Effects of Pre-operative Training on Muscle
Performance, Inflammation and on Muscle and Bone Mass and Quality in
Elderly Orthopedic Patients f/m

For 1,0 fte

PhD student Biological Pathways for Regulation of Muscle Fiber Size and Bone Mass f/m

For 1,0 fte

The research institute MOVE is a collaboration on the VUcampus

between researchers of the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Medical Center (VUmc)

and the Academic Center of Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA). The goal of
MOVE is to gain more insight into the complex organization of human
movement with the ultimate goal to optimize movement of several groups
of patients (i.e. osteoporosis, arthrosis, cerebral palsy, stroke) and
of healthy individuals (i.e. children, elderly,sportsmen/women, and
workers). The goals of MOVE are related to (medical and dental)
healthcare, with focus on prevention of injury and disorders of the
musculoskeletal system as

well as repair and recovery of musculoskeletal tissue and
function. Furthermore, MOVE aims to apply the results of research in
the prevention of injury and disorders as well as in the improvement of
performance, in ergonomics and sports. To stimulate translational
research and internal collaboration MOVE will fund one research project
entitled “Quantification of spinal segment stiffness: a clinical tool
for evaluating disc degeneration” (1 PhD student), and one research
program entitled “Pre-operative training in elderly orthopedic
patients” (3 PhD students).


University Graduate
Graduated (MSc)


VU University Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has
been a renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre for many
centuries. It was here, in 1880, that the VU University Amsterdam first
opened its doors to students. VU stands for ‘Vrije Universiteit’, which
means ‘Free University’. Here, ‘free’ refers to freedom of state and
church interference. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was established in
1880 by orthodox protestants. Nowadays it aims to be inspiring,
innovative and involved.

Throughout the past century, the university has continued to
expand. It now comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities
for 18,000 students.

Click here for an overview of faculties and institutes:

The university campus and university hospital are situated in the
south-western part of Amsterdam, one of the most dynamic and
fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands. The international
airport of Schiphol-Amsterdam is 10 kilometres away, just 8 minutes by
train. With more than fifty undergraduate (or bachelor’s) programmes
and almost a hundred postgraduate (or master’s) programmes, the Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options. The
programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to
study, and the teaching staff is easily accessible.

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: temporary
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:

Appointments will initially be for 18 months. After a successful
evaluation the contract will be prolonged for another 30 months.


The gross salary is minimum € 2.000,- in the first year and maximum
€ 2.558,- in the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The
employment will have to result in a written thesis by the end of this
period. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of
employment at

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 15-09-2008 by sending your application to:

VU University Amsterdam, MOVE
Faculty of Human Movement Sciences
attn. Drs. O. Jukema
Van der Boechorststraat 9
1082BT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
E-mail address:


Please send applications with curriculum vitae and indication of
vacancy number before September 15, 2008 to the VU University
Amsterdam, MOVE, Faculteit der Bewegingswetenschappen, attn Mrs. Drs.
O.Jukema, Van der Boechorststraat 9, 1082 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
or (preferably) per e-mail:

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 1.2008.00258.
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