Two great new assets to the team!

Many months ago, we announced a vacancy for a lecturer in Physiology and Biomechanics, preferably in combination with a physio degree and international background. We were humbled by the many applications we received from all over the world. Now, many months and many interviews later, we are very happy to announce the TWO lecturers that we have recruited and they are excited to introduce themselves to you all of you in this post! Please meet Emanuele and Nils…

“We really liked to be part of the job interviews. At first we were very nervous about asking the right questions, but later we realized it was very nice to be on the other side of the table for a change ;-)”

– ESP students involved in the second round job interviews

Hi there!

My name is Emanuele, I started my physiotherapy study at ESP in 2013 taking part to the accelerated program. During ESP I have done my internships in Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands, having the great opportunity to have an international perspective on physiotherapy. Since my graduation in 2016 I worked as a physical therapist in Amsterdam and in Italy, in a private practice setting, focusing mostly on orthopedic patients. I am specialized in Dry needling and I am also a Yoga teacher.
In my background I have a Master’s degree in Neurobiology obtained at the University of Rome and a Doctorate degree in Neuroscience obtained at the University of Amsterdam.
I am looking forward to join the team of the ESP lecturers and to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with the future physical therapists graduating from the ESP.


Video lecture by Emanuele

In many ways, we are always trying to improve our program. Currently, we are busy with many online courses and we have plans to create more online lectures and online courses, so one of the assignments was already focused on these developments. We gave all applicants to assignment to create a video lecture of maximum 5 minutes that would show their personality, teaching style and actually teach students about a topic related to Physiology or Biomechanics. We really like Emanuele’s approach and personal touch so he suggested to do a remake in our own studio (to upgrade the video and audio quality) at school a show you the result below for your first experience with him as your lecturer. Let us know how you like it!

“I thought it was quite a challenge at first, the video assignment we received as the second round of the job interview. But after a few days I actually got very excited about it and I am happy I managed it”

– Emanuele

Hi there!

My name is Nils, back in 2009 I started my studies in Health Sciences at Maastricht University where I majored in Human Movement Sciences. During my time in Maastricht, I have always been involved in many things outside my studies but spent most of my free time rowing, either as a coach or competing myself. This passion for sports performance and a search for a new adventure drove me into moving to the UK to start an MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at Leeds Beckett University. There, I gained an interest in doing scientific research; I have now lived in the UK for 6 years where I am finishing a PhD on cycling biomechanics.

I am now ready for the next adventure and aim to apply my knowledge of high performance sport into a clinical setting. This makes the opportunity to teach at ESP a great fit and I am happy to join the family. I am keen to start working with you and see how I can help you in gaining a critical understanding of biomechanics and exercise physiology, so you can develop into a high quality physiotherapist who can underpin their everyday practice with a strong knowledge base.

See you soon!


Inside  the lab with Nils

We carefully read and screened every application by motivation and CV and invited over 20 applications for the first round of interviews, either in person or via Skype. A short list of 5 applicants was created and they moved on to the second round with assignments. Nils was also interviewed by some of our students (or “interrogated” as they would say) and they specifically asked him about his biomechanics expertise and how he would transfer to this ESP. Via the video below, Nils explains a few things about his cycling research and the lab he has been hiding in for the last few years.

“I have been hiding inside our biomechanics lab for many years but now I feel it’s time to move on and have ESP students in front of me to help them with biomechanics and physiology! Excited!

– Nils

Courses @ ESP

Nils will be teaching Biomechanics, Physiology and Evidence Based Practice. Besides these ESP courses, he will also be teaching a few classes in the new minor “International Minor of Sports Physical Therapy (IMSPT)” and Anatomy in the Dutch physiotherapy program.
Emanuele will be teaching Applied Anatomy, Clinimetrics, Concepts in Clinical Reasoning and Case Study. He will also be a mentor of a new group of first year students. Besides these ESP courses, he will continue to work as a physiotherapist in Amsterdam.

We will all help them to quickly feel at home at ESP…!