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The effect of vision in the feedback control of human stance has been known for many years. We intend to investigate onset and time-course of the changes in stabilometric variables and in the concurrent postural muscle activity in response to abrupt changes (e.g. from no-vision to vision or vice versa). A parallel aim will be to compare the time-interval to balance stabilization following addition of haptic information. We expect to estimate the time-interval elapsing between the occurrence of a change in the ‘sensory set' and the corresponding change in the ‘motor set' or in the mode of balance control. The person in charge of the research will be able to work autonomously, to record and analyse EMG active from various postural muscles, the forces exerted onto a dynamometric platform, the displacement of body segments by means of optoelectronic cameras.
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Main requirements are:1) degree (with a course duration of not less than 4 years, as referred to in the pre-existing academic regulations pursuant to D.M. n. 509/1999) or post-graduate degrees (pursuant to D.M. n. 509/1999 and to n. 270/2004) awarded by Italian or foreign Universities recognized as equivalent - for the purposes of establishing the equivalence, candidates must provide the necessary documentation to enable the evaluating board to proceed with the qualification assessment; 2) scientific or professional curriculum suitable for conducting the research activity; 3) Ph.D. title (Art 2- par. 1).
Further specific assessable qualifications (see Art. 6):
1)Has published at least 2 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals;
2)Has given at least 2 talks at scientific meetings;
3)Has been active in foreign movement-analysis laboratories;
4)Has teaching experience in Biomechanics and Physiology of Posture and Movement
5)Excellent knowledge of Windows, Linux e Unix software;
6)Excellent knowledge of Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint;
7)Excellent knowledge of Matlab, Simulink e Labview.
The application form, signed in original, have to be: 1) submitted by means of the standard template that can be found at the above address; 2) supplied with the scientific-professional curriculum vitae (dated and signed) and a photocopy of a valid identity document; 3) supplied with the list of publications and copies of them (or in electronic form); 4) supplied with any further documents / certificates / self-certification foreseen by Art. 4; 5) sent by post service (no e-mail, no website) in original paper copy to the Department/Centre of interest (see Art. 4). The candidate selection will take place on the basis of the documented qualifications and a personal interview, completed by a test concerning the knowledge of foreign language (see Art. 6 - par. 1)
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