[robotics-worldwide] Post Doc Position for the Mechanical Design of a Robotic Lower-Limb Exoskeleton

Dirk Lefeber dlefeber at vub.ac.be
Wed May 12 04:41:05 PDT 2010

Dear all,


Post Doc Position for the Mechanical Design of a Robotic Lower-Limb Exoskeleton


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university situated in the heart of Brussels. It performs research and offers education in a wide range of subjects ranging from fundamental and applied science to social sciences and humanities.

Within the Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, which is part of the Mechanical Engineering department, we are looking for a 


Post Doc for the Mechanical Design of a Robotic Lower-Limb Exoskeleton.



Locomotion training proves to be a very successful rehabilitation approach for patients with gait insufficiency due to neurological or orthopedic conditions and for those suffering from deconditioning or prolonged illness. The ALTACRO-project focuses on identified challenges in the state of the art of locomotion rehabilitation. The research goals are aimed at improving robot-aided locomotion training by means of active ankle assistance, a better human-robot interaction, a more natural load distribution and more naturalistic gait movements. 


The project involves the design, control and testing of a powered exoskeleton prototype using variable impedance actuators, a randomized clinical trial and a series of clinical case studies to investigate the effects of therapist-assisted and robot-assisted locomotion training on the walking capabilities of spinal cord injured (SCI) patients and in particular the contribution to the stated research goals.


 You will collaborate closely with the other researchers working on the project. Your main role will be the mechanical design of the robotic exoskeleton. Concrete tasks include proposing and discussing concepts, designing parts or the exoskeleton using CAD software, selecting materials, evaluating strength and stiffness using finite element models, etc. Sometimes, bachelor and master students may contribute to the project, in which case you will have an important role in their supervision. A modest contribution in the educational tasks of the department will also be demanded.


Results of the project will be disseminated through patents (if applicable), publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.



We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. Experience in mechanical design is a necessary. A background in robotics is a plus. The candidate should have a keen interest in robotics and biomechanics. Fluency in English is a requirement.



The length of employment for the post doc will be at least 2 years. There will be a 6 month probation period. The starting salary will be around €2100/month.


Information and application

For more information, please contact: Prof. dr. ir. Dirk Lefeber, +32-2-6292864, dlefeber at vub.ac.be


To apply for this position, please send your application letter, CV (including a list of people to contact as references), list of publications (if applicable) and a short summary of you Masters and PhD thesis to dlefeber at vub.ac.be.


Prof. dr. ir. Dirk LEFEBER

Head of the department of Mechanical Engineering

'Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think, and suspicious of men who try to'
(H. Mumford Jones)

Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Pleinlaan , 2
B-1050 Brussels
Phone : 32 2 6292864
Fax : 32 2 6292865
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