[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral or Research Position in Haptic Interactive Robot Design at UBC

Karon MacLean maclean at cs.ubc.ca
Wed Aug 21 15:39:39 PDT 2013

*Postdoctoral or Research Position in Haptic Interactive Robot Design at 

Sensory Perception and Interaction Research Group (SPIN 
<http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/spin/index.html>) -- Department of Computer 
Science <http://www.cs.ubc.ca/>
*University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada <http://www.ubc.ca/>
*Professor Karon MacLean

URL: http://people.cs.ubc.ca/~maclean/postdocAd-SPIN-2013.pdf

UBC's SPIN Research Group is seeking applications for a one 
year-renewable position (postdoctoral or research engineer) at the 
University of British Columbia, Computer Science, in Vancouver, CANADA, 
to start immediately.

*Project Description: /Haptically/ /Affective Robot Design/. *The 
successful candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation 
and demonstration of new versions of a haptically affective therapeutic 
robot (sensing and display), to meet new requirements for clinical 
trials, alternative prototype formats for new applications, and 
pre-commercialization efforts. Initially, the candidate will handle 
requirements development and design innovation, and liaise with an 
engineering firm that can carry out detailed development of a model 
suitable for use in clinical settings. Other possible roles are in 
human-robot interaction design, touch signal processing, and study 
design and execution. This position will ideally transition into an 
entrepreneurial role in 1-2 years.

The candidate will take a leadership role in SPIN and co-supervise 
students working on related sub-projects.

*Application Criteria: *The candidate will have *completed* Ph.D-level 
research in one or more of Mechanical/ Mechatronics Engineering, 
Electrical Engineering (Robotics), Computer Science (Human Robot 
Interaction, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics), or a comparable 
discipline(s); OR, a Master's with good experience, great design 
instincts and entrepreneurial ambitions for a research engineer position.

Of highest importance is a general background in mechatronics and 
control systems, with proven hands-on experience in mechanisms, 
microprocessors and electronics; and in working to both professional 
engineering standards and to 'soft' requirements (e.g., creating 
actuated motion that looks and sounds `natural').Evidence of ability to 
work independently, strong team skills and excellent communication 
abilities are critical.

In addition, she or he will have one and ideally more of the following 
skills or background experience, demonstrated by a corresponding 
publication record and/or project portfolio:

-Hands-on experience with mechatronic robotic systems

-Robotics and controls

-Haptic display and control

-Touch sensor design and signal processing

-Machine learning and other signal processing techniques (e.g. gesture 

-User affect/intent modeling

-Iterative design and prototyping

-Human computer (HCI) and human robot interaction (HRI)

-User study design and associated analytical techniques


*Team and Environment: *SPIN conducts research involving haptics, HCI, 
HRI, sensor and robot design, cognitive systems, machine learning and 
psychology, and interacts with many disciplines at UBC and elsewhere. 
This project has close links to clinical partners in Canada and the US 
who will deploy the new prototypes in therapeutic protocols. UBC is a 
top Canadian research university, with depth across several departments 
in robotics, HRI, haptics and HCI, and a strong culture of 
multidisciplinary collaboration.

*To Apply: *Send the following information (pdf format preferred) to 
maclean at cs.ubc.ca <mailto:maclean at cs.ubc.ca>:

- A brief letter of application, clarifying the projects area(s) of 
interest and fit to the area(s)

- A curriculum vitae that includes full contact information

- List of publications with links to pdf-versions of the three most 
relevant publications
- If available, a link to an online project portfolio documenting 
relevant project experience.

- Three reference letters (sent separately by referees)

/Use subject line "*SPIN postdoc: <lastname.firstname>"* for all 
components and documents.**/Complete applications received *before* 
*October 1, 2013* will be given priority./Early applications are 

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is 
committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to 

*For more information, please see:*

- UBC's SPIN Research Group: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/spin/index.html
- UBC's MUX Lab (to which SPIN belongs): 
- UBC's Department of Computer Science: http://www.cs.ubc.ca/
- Vancouver, recognized as one of the most liveable cities in the world: 

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