[robotics-worldwide] ONR sponsored Research Assistant Professor position on bio-inspired energy-efficient swimming mechanism

Mingjun Zhang mjzhang at utk.edu
Wed Apr 20 23:24:24 PDT 2011

Dear Colleague:

A term-based Research Assistant Professor position is available immediately
to work on an ONR YIP sponsored project: "Energy Efficient Swimming
Mechanism: an Inspiration from Micro-scale Biological Systems".

For swimming micro-organisms in low nutrient environments, their flagella
spend a significant percentage of the total available energy to budget on
movement.  It is believed that a high energy efficiency of swimming was
selected over the course of evolution.  However, it is not clear how
micro/nano-scale dynamics, control and morphology of the flagella may
contribute to the overall system performance.

The goal of this research is to learn micro-organisms’ design principles of
energy efficient swimming and robust attachment mechanisms, and employ the
principles learned from biology for innovation in propulsion system design.
Though focusing on fundamental science, this research will pursue prototype
bio-inspired propulsion device development.

Interested applicants please send CV along with a half-page of statement of
interest to mjzhang at utk.edu

Sincerely yours,

Mingjun Zhang
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Nano Bio-systems and Bio-mimetics Lab
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
408 Dougherty Engineering Building
1512 Middle Drive
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2210
Phone: (865)974-7620
Fax: (865)974-5274

E-mail: mjzhang at utk.edu

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