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PhD position, Spaceflight induced sensorimotor adaptations - 2019BAPFWETEF241Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2019-Jul-16
Last application date: August 15, 2019 Contract: Limited duration (4 year) Occupancy rate: 100% Start date: September 1, 2019
The Lab for Equilibrium Investigations and Aerospace (LEIA) at the University of Antwerp has an open position for a PhD student to analyze eye data obtained from astronauts before and after their flight to the International Space Station (ISS). This multidisciplinary project will be supervised by prof Floris Wuyts, Principal Investigator of the ESA BRAIN-DTI project which constitutes the framework of this PhD topic.
The aim of the project is to analyze eye movement recordings obtained during centrifugation tests, performed in Star City near Moscow in cosmonauts that stayed 6 months in the ISS. Two to three months before departure to the ISS and the 3rd and 9thday after return back to Earth, data of eye movements are obtained with video goggles and recorded for further analysis. It is an ongoing project and a considerable amount of the data have already been collected within the ESA BRAIN-DTI project in collaboration with colleagues from the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow (Ru). During the 4 years of the PhD, more data will be collected and an overall analysis of all data collected, including in the previous part, will be done.
In the Lab for Equilibrium Investigations and Aerospace (LEIA) which is a continuation of the former group AUREA several topics are treated, but spaceflight and equilibrium have been main topics for the past two decades. Our results on the effect of microgravity on the brain of astronauts can be considered as forefront research, as well as the study of the vestibular system in astronauts.
The working environment is strongly interdisciplinary, and it is essential to combine neuroscience knowledge with engineering and physics skills to optimize the analysis pipeline. The group has a broad range of national and international collaborations. Recent publications can be found by searching on F.L. Wuyts on pubmed or Web of Science.
You love interdisciplinary science, and want to advance the field of space physiology and study further the impact of microgravity on the human vestibular system. Hereto you will use your skills and creativity. You like to dig into the complexity of the vestibular system and eye movement analysis to get an overview of the otolith system and how it is affected by spaceflight. You also want to tell the world about your findings with sparkling presentations.
Interested candidates are invited to send a motivation letter, a detailed CV (including followed courses, honours, grades, previous work, programming skills, publications, …) and contact info of two references to Floris.Wuytsuantwerpen.be with subject BRAIN_DTI_GAZE_SPIN_PHD.
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