[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Software CAD for Origami Popup Devices at Harvard University

jonathan.colburn jonathan.colburn at wyss.harvard.edu
Wed Nov 7 06:54:48 PST 2012


The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the School of
Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University invites applications
for an immediate opening in the area of bioinspired robotics. Applicants
should have a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mechatronics,
or a related scientific or engineering field with a proven track record of
creating software to solve complex geometric modeling and visualization
problems.

Researchers at the Wyss Institute and the Harvard Microrobotics Lab have
developed a groundbreaking new Printed Circuit MEMS process, termed
‘Popups’, for creating highly complex three dimensional electromechanical
machines at the millimeter scale (for reference go to 
http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpressrelease/77
<http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpressrelease/77>  ). We are seeking a candidate
to explore the computational challenges of automated origami folding and
unfolding of structures between 2D and 3D virtual environments, as well as
the kinematics involved in their operation. Knowledge of computational
algebraic geometry and related fields is a plus, as it is likely that the
solution will require a mix of discrete and continuous methods of analysis.
As a result of this research, the candidate will develop the mathematical
and software tools necessary to streamline the design and manufacture of
millimeter scale systems using the Popup methods.  The candidate will test
the software tools in a microrobotic application, and could provide a
significant and meaningful impact for the advancement of the microrobotics
field as well as support the translation of the Popup methods into industry. 

This work is heavily dependent on effective programming capabilities and a
working knowledge of visualization techniques. Therefore the successful
candidate must demonstrate a proficiency in coding, working with various
API’s, sketching and ideation of wireframes, developing user interface
strategies, and developing software algorithms to demonstrate functionality. 
A mechanical aptitude and experience with CAD architectures is preferred. 

Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover
letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications,
copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact
information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who
might be contacted as references. 

Applications should be sent to   faculty_postdocs at wyss.harvard.edu
<mailto:faculty_postdocs at wyss.harvard.edu>  . *To ensure that your
application is considered, please type “ORIGAMI” in the subject line of your
email. *

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



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