The aim of the project is to provide tools and methods in order to improve and to monitor top elite swimmers of the French team for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics games. The current post-doc or research engineer position concerns mainly Work Package n°3 of the project, which investigates how stroke rate and speed influence motor coordination and energetic cost.
The two laboratories (UR) CETAPS (location Rouen, Haute-Normandie, France) and APERE lab (location Amiens, Hauts de France, France), are in charge of dealing with the scientific issues related to the behavioral patterns transition in swimming, and more specifically:
- To the effects of swimming speed and swimming style on the swimmer’s coordination in terms of stroke frequency and stroke length management during the stroke cycle (biomechanics of swimming)
- To the relationships between the different combinations of stroke frequency and stroke length and the contribution of aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms to the swimmer’s energy expenditure (exercise physiology applied to swimming)
The post-doc will spend part time at Amiens and part time at Rouen, knowing that 75min separate the 2 locations. Arrangements can be discussed to organise works between those two locations
- The candidate is requested to have a PhD in behavioural sciences that could focus either on movement analysis and motor control or further on bioeneregetics and biomechanics
- An important knowledge of the biomechanical and physiological requirements of the four common strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke)
- An important knowledge of measurements by back-extrapolation technique from breath-to-breath gas exchanges
- Strong knowledge in measurement techniques by near-infrared spectrometry (NIRS) of muscle oxygenation. This position requires skills in behavioral modelling of physiological variables (pulmonary, metabolites: lactates, H+, PO2, PCO2, etc.) by linear regressions, on linear modellings (piecewise, second or third order polynomial functions) to obtain individual best-fit.
- A strong interest for very high performance in sport and in competitive swimming would really be a bonus
- Ability to write ‘popularisation’ documents, or scientific articles in English and briefing notes in French.
- Some skills in programming with Matlab, Python or R to perform advanced data analysis, machine learning
2264€ per month, net of charges
30 June 2021