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PhD position linked to the project “UNREVEALING THE GAIT ASYMMETRY IN PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE: FROM THE NEURAL AND MOTOR MECHANISMS TO REHABILITATION–AsymmGait-Parkinson study“, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fabio A. Barbieri. 

Background: Gait asymmetry, along with variability, is directly related to more severe gait impairments, such as freezing, falls, and stumbling, in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Determining the neural mechanisms and causes of gait asymmetry in PD is relevant for the diagnosis and its pathogenesis. Also, considering that PD progression is related to motor asymmetry, knowing how to treat gait asymmetry is important to design rehabilitation strategies specific targeting this symptom. The PhD fellow will investigate the acute and chronic (12 weeks) effect of motor and non-motor interventions on gait asymmetry in people with PD. Specifically, the purposes are: i) to compare the effect of exercise protocol focusing on the side most affected by PD vs the side less affected by PD vs both sides; ii) to analyze the effects of exercise protocol in intermittent normobaric hypoxia; and iii) to verify the effects of a 12-week intervention protocol on gait asymmetry in people with PD. The results obtained from these studies will be important as they will provide a theoretical basis for future studies on the rehabilitation of gait asymmetry in people with PD; investigate alternative strategies, such as exercise and intermittent normobaric hypoxia, to reduce gait asymmetry; define, in a more assertive way, strategies for the rehabilitation of gait asymmetry, which may reduce the PD progression; and understand the acute and chronic mechanisms triggered by motor and non-motor interventions related to gait asymmetry.


1) undergraduate and master’s degree in human movement sciences or related discipline;

2) experience in data collection (e.g., kinematics, electromyography and EEG/fNirs) and biological signal processing (e.g., programming in MATLAB, Phyton, etc.) related to human movement;

3) experience with motor intervention, especially for people with neurodegenerative disease;

4) good oral and written communication skills;

5) excellent interpersonal and leadership skills for teamwork and problem solving;

6) availability to work for 48 months.

Start date: After June, 2023

Deadline application: April 10, 2023

Local of research: Human Movement Research Laboratory (MOVI-LAB), Faculty of Sciences, São Paulo State University (UNESP) – Campus Bauru

How to apply: Send CV, Undergraduate/Graduate Transcript, Letter of Motivation (one page), and One letter of recommendation (one page) to the email: fabio.barbieri@unesp.br

You can also check the other opportunities in the links below:
▪️ MASTER DEGREE: https://fapesp.br/oportunidades/desvendando_a_assimetria_do_andar_em_pacientes_com_doenca_de_parkinson:_dos_mecanismos_neurais_e_motores_a_reabilitacao_%E2%80%93_asymmgait-parkinson_study_/5895/
▪️ TECHNICAL TRAINING(TT-III): https://fapesp.br/oportunidades/desvendando_a_assimetria_do_andar_em_pacientes_com_doenca_de_parkinson:_dos_mecanismos_neurais_e_motores_a_reabilitacao_%E2%80%93_asymmgait-parkinson_study/5898/



It is a pleasure to have you as a participant in our studies. Usually, several studies are being conducted by MOVI-LAB team that requires the participation of human subjects. If you are interested in helping the development of science and obtaining experience in being a subject in a motor-behavior experiment, please contact us to obtain current information about ongoing studies.



Postdoctoral Fellows are individuals who have completed a doctoral degree and who are seeking further training in a particular area of research. Postdoctoral Fellows make an indispensable contribution to the research environment of the University and MOVI-LAB and to their chosen field.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship of the São Paulo State University (UNESP) is performed under the general supervision of a faculty member and may assist with the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students and projects in the community. Applicants must demonstrate academic qualification along with intellectual production in human movement science (i.e. physical education, kinesiology, health, physiotherapy, neuroscience, gerontology, medicine, psychology, engineering, etc). Are you interested? Contact Prof Fabio A. Barbieri. There are several funding mechanisms for deserving graduate students.



Ph.D. and MS position(s) are available in the MOVI-LAB at UNESP in Post Graduate Program in Human Movement Science. It is required prior experience in the analysis of human movement, with knowledge in motor control and biomechanics, oral and written communication (abstracts, manuscripts, participation in conferences, etc) and computational skills (Matlab or similar programming experience). 

The work culture in the MOVI-LAB is highly interactive and collaborative, and students have opportunities to contribute to various ongoing projects. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch early to receive full consideration for these opportunities. There are several funding mechanisms for deserving graduate students.

Information about the Graduate Program in Movement Science

Master degree
Application submissions happen once a year from October to November (usually). The main documents are research project (8 pages), CV, undergraduate certificate or diploma and English proficiency (if necessary). Are you interested? Please access the Movement Science Program’s website. The MOVI-LAB are always looking for motivated students to join the laboratory.

Application submissions are open all year round. The candidate must present a letter of acceptance of the advisor with justification based on the scientific and cultural quality of the candidate, and on the quality and relevance of the research project compatible with the grade of the Postgraduate Program according to CAPES. In addition, the candidate must present a research project adequate to Ph.D. level and manuscript(s) accepted for publication or published as the main author during the last three years.


cartaz-e1539732177910The MOVI-LAB offers opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research. Do you know MOVI-LAB? No. This is the first thing you need to do: GO TO KNOW MOVI-LAB. Once every 15 days (Mondays) happens the laboratory meeting that can help you to figure out what happens in the MOVI-LAB. Afterward, MOVI-LAB team will figure out the optimal way that you can participate in research activities. Post-Doctoral fellowship, Ph.D. students and Master degree students will help you to decide your interest. These interactions will be most fruitful if you approach the MOVI-LAB team with your mind open to learn and help. You are required to dedicate a minimum of 6 hours a week to the lab (dependent on the type of study). This is open for any undergraduate course. There are several funding mechanisms for deserving graduate students.


Students and professionals have the opportunity to volunteer in the MOVI-LAB. To help in the MOVI-LAB requires attention to detail, accuracy, reliability and punctuality. Volunteering responsibilities are dependent on time in the laboratory and interest. If you are thinking of volunteering, you are encouraged to contact the MOVI-LAB team.