[robotics-worldwide] Mechanical design postdoc at MIT
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:
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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