[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doc position on walking robot

Hector Berlioz afac11 at laposte.net
Wed Jul 9 06:28:12 PDT 2014

Postdoctoral position : Automatic Control and Systems Theory Center (CAS),
MINES-Paristech, France

The research center in Automatic Control and Systems Theory (CAS) of
MINES-Paristech is offering a one year post-doctoral position in the Paris
area (France) in collaboration with the startup company Wandercraft. The
position is open now and to be covered as soon as possible.

CAS (http:\\http://cas.ensmp.fr/) is a research laboratory whose main
activity is about control theory.

Wandercraft (http:\\http://www.wandercraft.eu/) is a startup company
(currently having 10 employees) operating in the field of robotics.
Wandercraft is developing an exoskeleton for people with myopathy or

The scientific goals for the position are: i) the design of a control law
achieving a stable dynamic walking gait of the exoskeleton, ii) its
real-time implementation on several prototypes set-up by Wandercraft.

The appointee will be guided by Pr. Laurent Praly at MINES ParisTech and
Matthieu Masselin at Wandercraft.

The ideal candidates should have a strong theoretical background in
electrical or mechanical engineering. Experience in the fields detailed
below is highly desirable:
1- About robot walk:
1.1 Foot-placement based gait design
1.2 Zero-moment point (ZMP) based gait design
1.3 Virtual constraints based gait design
1.4 Analytical mechanics

2- About non linear control system theory
2.1 hybrid systems,
2.2 non linear stabilization,
2.3 optimization  (e.g. dynamic programming)

Perfect mastery of English (or French), and of Matlab and C/C++ is

To be considered, an application should contain a resume, a cover letter
with arguments demonstrating the skills of the applicant for topics as in
1.1 to 1.4 and 2.1 to 2.3 above and at least two of the most relevant
publications. In all this, quality will be preferred to quantity.

Please send your application by e-mail, specifying "Wanderfull position"
in the mail subject, to both
laurent.praly at mines-paristech.fr
matthieu.masselin at wandercraft.eu

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