[robotics-worldwide] Extension of the Emloyment offer for a PhD-position in the ELAN-Projekt (ELastic ActuatioN) Uni Bielefeld

Axel Schneider axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de
Fri Dec 21 07:16:27 PST 2007

The BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) Junior Research 
Group Mechatronics of Biomimetic Actuators at the Faculty of Technology 
of Bielefeld University (Dr. Axel Schneider) invites applications for 
the position of a

Doctoral Candidate
(Competitive Salary EG13, TV-L)

in the ELAN (ELastic ActuatioN)-Project. The expected duration of the 
position is two years with a possible extension.

The newly founded Junior Research Group offers an excellent 
interdisciplinary environment with a tight connection to the Cluster of 
Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" and intensive 
collaborations with workgroups within Bielefeld University as well as 
other institutions including the CoR-Lab (Honda, Asimo), the Computer 
Engineering Group, the Neuroinformatics Group and the Department of 
Biological Cybernetics.

The main focus of the ELAN-Project is the development of neurobionically 
controlled, elastic joint drives for robots with muscle-like behaviour. 
These new joint drives are closely related to the biological paragons 
and adapt their advantages in construction and control. The functional 
spectrum of these new joints ranges from classical, inelastic but 
precise positioning abilities to dynamically adjustable elastic 
behaviour. Particular attention is paid to the biologically inspired 
control approaches. The new joints will be based on electrical drives.

The applicant should hold a university’s Master’s or Diploma degree in 
the area of the engineering sciences (in the fields of electrical 
engineering, control engineering or mechatronics). We are particularly 
interested in candidates with a background in (power) electronics, 
control of electrical motors, sensor systems and robotics as well as in 
the area of mechanical construction. Strong programming skills and 
advanced mathematical competence are expected.

Bielefeld University is an equal opportunity employer and therefore 
especially encourages women to apply. In the case of comparable 
competences and qualification, women will preferably be considered if 
there are no dominating reasons arising from the person of another 
Bielefeld University also encourages disabled people to apply.
Part-time employment is possible.

Please send your application including cover letter, CV and transcripts 
as well as the name and contact information for two references to:

Dr. Axel Schneider
University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Technology, Junior Research Group 
Mechatronics of Biomimetic Actuators, P. O. Box 10 01 31, D-33501 
Bielefeld, Germany.

or via email to axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de

We will be accepting applications until January 31st 2008.
Homepage of the ELAN-Project: www.elan.uni-bielefeld.de

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