[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral Research Fellows - Bioinspired Robotics and Medical Device Design

Conor James Walsh walshcj at MIT.EDU
Wed Oct 19 12:11:55 PDT 2011

Postdoctoral Research Fellows - Bioinspired Robotics and Medical Device


The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for
Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications
for two postdoctoral fellow positions in the areas of bioinspired robotics
and medical device design. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Mechanical
Engineering, Mechatronics, Materials Science, or a related field and a
proven track record of high quality publications. The positions will involve
close collaboration with Harvard-affiliated hospitals and the candidate
should have a strong interest in contributing to multidisciplinary teams
(engineers, computer scientists, physiologists, bioengineers and


A range of research interests are possible within the themes of bioinspired
robotics and medical device design; however, it is expected that mechanical
design, robot control, biomechanical modeling of biological systems,
mechanism design and kinematic analysis, bioengineering as well as
experimental/analytical mechanics will be key features of the research.
Sample projects may include soft, smart and wearable assistive devices as
well as robotic tools to assist with minimally invasive surgery. Candidates
with strong leadership experience, a broad range of technical skills and a
track record in translating conceptual ideas into working prototypes will be
strongly considered. Experience working in industry (fabrication and
prototyping, sourcing components, working with vendors, creating part
drawings and documentation) is a plus.


The postdoctoral fellows will be encouraged to explore clinical applications
for their work, publish scholarly papers and attend international
conferences as well as take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and
graduate students.  


Applications, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete
resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of
publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as
the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide
letters of recommendation). 

The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles
that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research
that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to
create biologically-inspired materials and devices to advance human health
and improve the environment - thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and
creating a more sustainable world. For additional information please visit
our webpage: http://wyss.harvard.edu/

Applications should be sent to Conor Walsh [walsh at seas.harvard.edu].

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and
applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.


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