[robotics-worldwide] PhD grants, Development of climbing robots, Portugal

Mahmoud Tavakoli mahmood.tavakoli at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 02:57:00 PDT 2011

Grants are available at Institute for Systems and Robotics
(http://www.isr.uc.pt) University of Coimbra (http://www.uc.pt) for
design and prototyping of climbing robots for several different

Research includes:
•    Mechanical design, simulation, analysis and optimization
•    Prototyping
•    Automation and control

•    Starting date: January 2012
Applicants must have completed a Master’s thesis by November 30, 2011,
preferably in the field of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.
Engineers from Electronics- computer or similar fields with some
experience on mechanical design and prototyping can also apply.

•    Experience on computer aided design, simulation and optimization
of parts and mechanisms is necessary (preferably Solidworks)
•    Strong interest, passion and some skills on assembly, test, and
analysis of mechanisms
•    Background on Robotics, Mechatronics, control and automation is a plus
•    Good level of written/spoken English is necessary
Successful applicants will receive a one-year research assistantship,
renewable yearly based on successful research achievements. The value
of the fellowship will be 980€ monthly free of taxes. Applicants can
also enroll for PhD in university of Coimbra.
Interested applicants should submit a detailed CV, including relevant
courses completed (specifying texts used, if applicable) and a
description of prior research including a copy of international
publications, if any (max 3). A portfolio of previous designs and
prototypes and a SOP is not a requisite but it is highly recommended.
In addition, they should provide the names of two academic references
(name, title, affiliation, e-mail and telephone number(s)) who are
willing to provide detailed recommendation letters about the
candidate. Finally, they should include a one-page summary of their
future research objectives.
The above material, or any inquire regarding the research work, should
be e-mailed no later than October 31, 2011 to
(mahmood.tavakoli at gmail.com).
After a preliminary screening, the academic references will be
contacted to independently provide confidential recommendation
letters. The ISR/UC reserves the right to select no one.
When sending the email, write in the subject : "Climbing Robots
Project application"

Dr. Mahmoud Tavakoli
Institute of Systems and Robotics
Dep. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Coimbra
3030-290 Coimbra

Deadline: October 31, 2011

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