[robotics-worldwide] post doctoral position: (robotics, bipedal gait) the University of Melbourne

Denny Oetomo doetomo at unimelb.edu.au
Mon Nov 23 02:14:15 PST 2009

Post-doctoral Research position is available at 
the Department of Mechanical Engineering, 
The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Topics: Robotics, bipedal robotic gait
Deadline of application: 20 December 2009
Official position website: 
We are seeking outstanding post-doctoral researcher to carry out a project titled:
Robotic gait assistive strategy for people with paraplegia: Generating balanced and human-like gait on a
bipedal system funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery grant.  
The project summary is given as follows:
The aim of the project is to study the fundamental engineering issues associated with enabling people with
paraplegia to stand and walk using a robotic exoskeleton device. This device is worn across the legs and
the lower back of the user to support and provide the basic motor functions of the paralysed legs. This
exciting fundamental research through new and innovative approaches will focus on the generation of
Human-like Robotic Gait that is balanced and dynamically human-like in nature on a bipedal robotic
mechanism. The major outcome will be the significant advancement in robotic fundamental capabilities,
with immediate applications to a gait assistive device that enables people with paraplegia to perform
important basic daily tasks.

Successful applicant is expected to have demonstrated clear ability to perform independent research, especially in the area of robotics.  An excellent command of written and spoken English is a must.  Research expertise in the area of robotic gait will be advantageous but not essential.  The position is open to both national and international applicants.  Position can commence as early as January 2010, based on annual contract, renewable to 3 years for this particular project.  We will be interested to retain excellent candidates beyond the period, therefore priority will be given to those with the intention of staying for at least 3 years in the position / in the research unit.  The position will be of Level A6, with starting salary of approximately AUD$65,386.  More detailed description of the position and the expectations is included in the official position website.
Interested candidates are to contact Dr Denny Oetomo (doetomo at unimelb.edu.au).  To apply for the position, please lodge your application online at the position website. 
Denny Oetomo PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
Phone: +61 3 8344 6795
Fax:     +61 3 9347 8784
Email:  doetomo(at) unimelb.edu.au

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