Design, development and production of instrumented sports equipment for the national Olympic short track speed skating team

ETS, in collaboration with Institut national du sport du Québec (INSQ), is offering a unique opportunity to work with the national Olympic short track speed skating team in a postdoctoral role, beginning in summer 2020.

In preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the project involves developing new instrumented sports equipment to measure the push-off forces of short track speed skating athletes on the ice. The design of instrumented sports equipment is based on the needs and constraints conveyed by the Institute’s scientists, the integrated support team and the short-track speed skating training group, with the aim of producing a working physical prototype. The equipment must be autonomous, and it must be possible to process and present the data collected by the built-in sensors to the team quickly, if not in real time, and in a clear, concise and effective manner.

The overall objective of this project is to monitor and support the development of athletes in order to identify key indicators to improve the athletes’ physical fitness and therefore performance, in preparation for the 2022 games. 

Connaissances requises

- A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field.
- A Ph.D. in a field related to biomechanics or the design of embedded systems.
- Substantial experience in controlling embedded systems.
- Experience on force sensors, inertial navigation systems, accelerometers, etc. is an asset
- Programming experience: MATLAB, Python or R.
- Experience in high-performance sport is an asset.
- Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently.
- Good team-working skills and the ability to make scientific information accessible to professionals and experts specializing in other areas.

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A grant of at least $40,000 will be awarded to the selected candidate over a period of one year (MITACS and INSQ).

Autres informations

  • Starting : 2020-06-01 
  • Partner involved : Institut national du sport du Québec (INSQ)
  • Compliance : Human participants

Personne à contacter

Éric Wagnac |