Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD position in Re-learning Perception Action In Rehabilitation (REPAIRS) - Improving Rehabilitation Effectiveness in a Non-Immersive Virtual Reality Commercial Rehabilitation System (Project Early Stage Researcher 14)

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    Corehab srl
    Computer scienceProgramming
    Computer scienceSystems design
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    07/06/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Trento
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Working environment

CoRehab (https://www.corehab.it/en/) is an Italian company born to change the way of doing rehabilitation and exercise therapy, providing technologically advanced products and services to help movement professionals supporting their patients throughout the recovery process or in a particular period of life. CoRehab develops solutions to be alongside anyone who helps a patient in his rehabilitation process. The aim of the company is to make rehabilitation and preventive exercise more effective, motivating and accessible for everyone, delivering quantitative data to better assess the patient’s functional limitation and progress during the rehabilitation.

Corehab is one of the partners of the REPAIRS project, a European Training Network (ETN) within the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network programme, funded by the European Union. From September 1st 2021, Corehab will employ an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for high quality PhD training under the supervision of the R&D team of the company. During the PhD, the student will face different challenges and will acquire different skills and will have the opportunity to be in contact with other Phd candidates working in a broad range of disciplines, ranging from human movement science, rehabilitation, engineering, neural (mathematical) modelling to philosophy. The aim of the network is to provide innovative training-through-research preparing the PhD students to become the next generation of creative, innovative and leading academic and entrepreneurial researchers.

REPAIRS is focused on searching solutions to improve rehabilitation training by combining insights from fundamental research on how individuals re-learn perception and action with cutting-edge rehabilitation practice. The training takes place through supervision of experts in the field, close interactions with other PhD students in the project, collaborative training projects, local and network wide journal clubs, network wide training events and secondments in academic, clinical and industry settings. In particular, in the context of the ESR project 14, the Ph.D. student will acquire applied research management skills, teamwork skills, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The goal of the training is to provide PhDs with the skills that enable them to push the field of re-learning perception and action and the field of rehabilitation to the next level.


REPAIRS aims to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation that is concerned with the restoration and enhancement of functional ability and quality of life of people with a disorder. To this end, REPAIRS first reveals novel insight on re-learning perception and action (in people without a disorder). Next, this knowledge is translated into novel clinical practices that will be tested in people with different disorders. Technology, conceptual analyses, data analyses using cutting-edge techniques, and philosophical analyses will be exploited in novel ways to take these two steps.

REPAIRS takes a systems perspective on rehabilitation, from which perception and action in everyday behavior is considered to emerge from mutual, nonlinear interactions among components. The PhD projects exploit knowledge from Dynamic Systems Theory and Ecological Psychology to understand the interactions and relations among components that make up the perception-action cycle. Insights from these approaches are used to innovate rehabilitation science. To fully exploit this system approach, REPAIRS studies interaction between four levels of the perception-action cycle: neural level, muscles & joints, agent-environment and social. This knowledge is integrated with requirements on translation from clinical, technology and philosophical domains, to meet the objectives of REPAIRS. The domains involved in REPAIRS cover a wide range implying that the skillsets required for the PhD projects also vary widely.

Job Description

PhD position at CoRehab

ESR project 14: Implementing rehabilitation tools of REPAIRS in commercial rehabilitation videogames

Host organization: CoRehab (https://www.corehab.it/en/), Trento, Italy; contact: Dr. Tacconi (david@corehab.com)

The focus of the ESR 14 Project is to train the ESR to develop a rehabilitation training module from a systems perspective. In this project i) the current training games of Riablo®, a medical device manufactured by COREHAB (movement-controlled videogames) will be expanded with typical knowledge from REPAIRS and ii) one of the games as developed in REPAIRS will be integrated in Riablo® itself. First, joint angle variability measures will be computed within ‘Riablo’, a current training tool of COREHAB. It will be established how information about joint angle variability should be fed back to the user in the videogame to be most effective. This is a pioneering performance measure to give feedback about rehabilitation. Second, the current movement-controlled videogames give feedback about variability of performance using traditional variability measures. Innovative variability measures, such as RQA, will be implemented in a training game to prevent risk of falling to determine how this should be implemented to be optimally effective. Third, the training tool as developed by ESR12, where joint-action is employed to improve postural stability, will be integrated in the Riablo training tool and tested for its effectiveness after ACL injury and risk of fall prevention. In doing so, this ESR will integrate different levels of study (i.e., muscles and joints and social) and combine this with innovative performance measures (i.e., RQA) to improve rehabilitation from a systems perspective.

The PhD student will be recruited for a 3-year period and will receive an advanced interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international training. More detailed information about the network, the training and the research can be found on: www.repairs-etn.eu.


What do we offer?

The PhD student will be appointed based on a 3-year full-time position. The candidate will work at the company headquarter based in Rovereto (TN, Italy). Note that PhD students must work full-time and exclusively for the project (in exceptional cases a part-time employment for personal or family reasons can be granted by the EU-Research Executive Agency). Information about travel, relocation and partner schemes can be found here.

We offer:

-Opportunity to become a researcher focused on applied research and acquiring experience in a company environment;

- A stimulating and creative learning environment in an interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international research training programme;

- Supervision and mentoring from experts in their field industry and clinical background;

- Opportunity to develop breakthrough systems and innovative applications for rehabilitation;

- Each PhD student works closely together with a PhD student in another institute, approaching the same problem from another level of study;

- Experience in intersectorial settings with targeted secondments across Europe;

- An outstanding opportunity to acquire complementary training in transferable skills (e.g. project planning, presentation techniques, communication and dissemination techniques, Open Science practices, good science practice) as well as leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

Additional information

- For more information about a specific position, please email the contact person listed for that position. Check the REPAIRS website first because it provides additional information.

- For general questions, contact us at repairs@umcg.nl;

- For information about the position, contact us at stefano@corehab.com or david@corehab.com;

Applying for a job

Please visit www.repairs-etn.eu and carefully read Recruitment information (here) for all specific information on the application and selection procedure.

Applicants have to submit three documents:

Document 1 containing (use page breaks between items):

- Motivation letter (max 1 page, Font: Times New Roman, 12; line spacing: 1.15)

- CV

Document 2 containing (use page breaks between items):

- Two standardized reference letters

Document 3 containing (use page breaks between items):

- A degree equivalent to a European Master degree according to the European Qualifications Framework (here)

- Diplomas and certificates (Official English translation and formal grade transcript)

- Certificate English language test (written and spoken)

- Applicants who are to obtain their Master degree have to also submit the Bachelor diploma and grade list, a list of obtained grades and course units to be completed in the Masters and a reference explaining the current status of the applicant (see Recruitment information here)

To apply for this position please contact us at the following email address: stefano@corehab.com, david@corehab.com

More Information

Offer Requirements

    ITALIAN: Good


We are searching for a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic researcher in Biomedical Engineering with strong analytical skills and technical background. You will join a dynamic and proactive company. You will take part in the R&D activities giving your research contribution in the context of the ETN program. Team-working and interdisciplinary skills are of the utmost importance. We require excellent communication skills both in writing and speaking (English - Proficiency).

Specific Requirements

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Biomedical Engineering (specialization in Biomechanics and Movement Analysis is preferred) successfully completed before September 1st 2021;
  • A two years of working experience in a company is preferred;
  • Knowledge of human movement analysis (MoCap systems), IMU sensors data processing, biomechanical modelling;
  • Knowledge of Python programming language, and familiarity with the use of game engines (Unity 3D is preferred);
  • Candidates currently enrolled in a Masters degree and due to complete before September 1st 2021 should check the Recruitment information (here) for additional information to be provided as evidence of Masters level academic thinking and working level;
  • Applicant is an Early Stage Researcher, meaning that at the time of recruitment by the host organization, the applicant shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of the research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • Applicant must fulfill the mobility criteria defined by the European Commission: at the time of recruitment by the host organization, the applicant must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date of the project (expected September 1st, 2021). Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account;
  • test. Language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted. Moreover, individual PhD projects might have additional language skills requirements, check the descriptions on the website. TOEFL: Applicants taking the internet-based TOEFL are required to have a minimum total score of 100. IELTS: Applicants taking the IELTS test (academic version) your overall band score must be at least 7.0. Cambridge: Cambridge Proficiency or Cambridge Advanced (only Grades A or B);

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
CoRehab s.r.l.
via dei Solteri 38

EURAXESS offer ID: 641000


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