[robotics-worldwide] Mechanical design postdoc at MIT

Karl Iagnemma kdi at MIT.EDU
Thu Dec 27 04:53:13 PST 2007

A postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the 
Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology (MIT), Cambridge USA.  The appointment duration is 12 
months, with a possible extension of up to 12 months.

The research will focus on the design of a novel class of mobile 
robotic systems that are highly deformable and flexible, and are 
capable of traveling through passages that are significantly smaller 
than their nominal dimensions.  The robot's mobility will be derived 
from principles of fluidic locomotion (similar to that employed by 
snails) which will allow it to negotiate vertical and inverted 
surfaces.  The research program is a collaboration between multiple 
investigators at MIT and Boston Dynamics, and is sponsored by the 
Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA).

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated excellence in the design 
and fabrication of robotic systems and mechanisms.  Applicants should 
be familiar with a range of fabrication and prototyping 
techniques.  Applicants should also have designed and developed at 
least one successful mobile robotic system or subsystem.  Knowledge 
of compliant mechanism design is preferred but not 
required.  Applicants will be judged primarily on their creativity 
and practical design knowledge.

Applicants should submit 1) a CV, including a brief research 
statement, 2) 1-3 recent publications in electronic format, 3) the 
names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as 
professional references, and 4) a design portfolio, consisting of 
videos, images, and/or text describing a significant design 
accomplishment(s).  The total file size of applications should be 
less than 5 MB.  Only electronic applications will be considered.

Applicants should contact:

Karl Iagnemma
Principal Research Scientist
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 3-435a
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
email: kdi at mit.edu

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