PhD candidate Equine Gait Analysis Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Netherlands

PhD candidate Equine Gait Analysis (1.0 FTE)


Job description
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a PhD candidate on equine gait analysis. The PhD project is a multidisciplinary research project on on-site wireless monitoring of horses for advanced and real-equine gait analysis. This project focuses on the validation and clinical application of advanced sensor-based gait analysis, that can be used by veterinarians to diagnose and monitor lameness in horses and potentially, other animal species.


Working at our gait lab, the candidate will have access to the most advanced technology worldwide for gait analysis including high-speed and high-resolution wireless IMU sensors, force/pressure plates, 3D optical motion capture and treadmill. Our research consortium extends to other countries such as Sweden, Germany, UK and Switzerland.


The PhD candidate will work on the development and validation of different modalities of equine gait analysis and will be involved in the daily activities of the Equine Gait Analysis Lab. This position includes regular monitoring of orthopedics with advanced gait analysis modalities and use of gait analysis as an outcome parameter for several in-vivo studies.


We are looking for a candidate with a background in sensor data analytics and embedded computing, with a keen interest animal health care and sport. You hold a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Human/Animal Movement Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or similar. You are a team player and interested in working in a multi-disciplinary team. You are interested in contributing to a high quality, impactful team of researchers, companies and practitioners.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,325 and €2,972 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, researchers are also working together on innovative scientific research. In the coming years, the Faculty will focus on three themes: One Health, One Medicine and Veterinary Biomedicine. In addition, the Faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. A focus on disease, health and well-being of animals and their environments underpins the Faculty’s three main pillars: Education, Research, and Veterinary Health Care. The Faculty counts 1,500 students and 900 employees.


The project is performed at the Utrecht University at the Department of Equine Sciences in close collaboration with University of Twente, Pervasive Systems research group at the Department of Computer Science and the companies Technology and Rosmark.

Additional information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from F.M.Serra Braganca (DVM, PhD candidate), via or +31 30 253 38 56. You can also contact P.R. van Weeren (Professor), via or +31 30 253 13 50.

To apply, please click on the ′apply′ button below and include a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae.


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