[robotics-worldwide] Employment Opportunity: Doctoral Candidate Biomimetic robot joints

Axel Schneider axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de
Mon Nov 26 12:32:55 PST 2007

Employment Opportunity

The BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) Junior Research 
Group "Mechatronics of Biomimetic Actuators"
at the Faculty of Technology of Bielefeld University, Germany (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 

The applicant should hold a university’s Master’s or Diploma degree in 
the area of the engineering sciences
(in the fields of mechatronics, electrical engineering or control 
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 
Strong programming skills and advanced mathematical competence are 

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,

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

We will be accepting applications until December 31st 2007.

Our webpage will be online at the end of November 2007

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

Tel.: +49(0)521/106-5519 (5272)
Fax.: +49(0)521/106-6440
Email: axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de

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