PhD Position in Wheelchair Skills Training For People with Complex Movement Disorders
Catholic University of Leuven

This position is primarily situated within the Neurorehabilitation lab at KU Leuven Campus Bruges, led by prof. dr. Elegast Monbaliu. This is a fast growing interdisciplinary research group that combines expertise from rehabilitation sciences, movement sciences and industrial engineering sciences. The successful candidate will also be affiliated with e-Media Research Lab at KU Leuven (prof. dr. Kathrin Gerling) and the M-Group (prof. dr. Hans Hallez).


Personal mobility with the greatest possible independence is a basic right of people with disability as it is a window towards daily life participation and essential for well-being and quality of life. For people with complex movement disorders as dystonia and choreoathetosis in cerebral palsy, coordination is strongly disturbed due to uncontrolled and inconsistent movements of these neurological disorders. Therefore, wheelchair skills training is challenging due to the need for specialized wheelchair control equipment, and requires lengthy and tedious training routines. In this project, ‘Adaptive Rehabilitative Gaming Systems for Powered Mobility Training in People with Complex Movement Disorders (ADA Games)’,we will develop a game-based program for wheelchair skills training. Central in this PhD is the development of a wheelchair skills assessment and training program with focus on the suitability for implementation of an Adaptive Rehabilitative Gaming system and validate this together with therapists, care providers and other experts in the clinical field. This will offer the goal group a challenging yet rewarding training experience that contributes to long-term patient engagement, improved mobility, and quality of life.

The successful PhD candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with a second PhD researcher in Computer Sciences and Engineering Technology, young people with CP and care providers. The position is primarily situated in the Neurorehabilitation Lab at KU Leuven Campus Bruges under supervision of prof. dr. Elegast Monbaliu and will also be affiliated with the e-Media Research Lab at KU Leuven (prof. dr.Kathrin Gerling) and M-group at Campus Bruges (prof. dr. Hans Hallez).


  • You have a master degree in rehabilitation sciences, movement sciences or an equivalent degree.

  • You have a strong interest in pediatric/neuromotor rehabilitation population as cerebral palsy and adaptive physical activity and you have good communication skills to work with disabled children. Interest in technology and curiousness about games is an asset.

  • You are able to take responsibilities and work independently.

  • You speak Dutch and English and have good written knowledge of English to prepare manuscripts for international peer-reviewed journals and to present at national and international conferences.

  • You look forward to collaborate with an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists.


  • We offer you a Full-time PhD position (2 years fixed term – 2 years extendable)

  • You will work at the KULeuven Campus Bruges, situated in a renowned historical city in Flanders under the supervision of Prof. dr. Elegast Monbaliu.

  • You will work in a dynamic interdisciplinary team.

  • You will receive a training of Doctoral School of Biomedical Sciences with access to the state-of-the art technology of the brand new campus Bruges and in close collaboration with campus Leuven.

  • More information about working conditions KU Leuven you can find here: 


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Elegast Monbaliu: tel.: +3216 37 65 43;

You can apply for this job no later than August 10, 2020. The position will be available from October 1, 2020.

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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Brugge
  • Apply before: August 10, 2020
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