[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc / PhD in remote robotic manipulation for industrial and medical applications in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Ilana Nisky nisky at stanford.edu
Thu Jun 19 15:39:19 PDT 2014

A Postdoctoral Fellow and a Ph.D. student are sought for a
multidisciplinary project titled “Unifying framework for perception,
cognition, and control in remote robotic manipulation”. The research will
be collaboratively conducted in the Biomedical Engineering and Industrial
Engineering and Management departments at the Ben-Gurion University of the
Negev (BGU), Israel, under the joint supervision of Dr. Ilana Nisky (BME)
and Dr. Sigal Berman (IEM).

Remote robotic manipulation requires integration of perception, cognition,
and action within and between the human and robot agents. We aim at
advancing the understanding of human motor control in remote manipulation
tasks and using this knowledge for the development of improved telerobotic
systems. We will construct two telerobotic systems along with a virtual
experiment with similar characteristics. The two telerobotic setups will
consist of local manipulators that control a remote:  industrial robot and
surgical robot.

Together, these systems form a setup for testing hypotheses about human
sensorimotor control and their implication on robotic systems design and
control in a variety of complicated, real-life tasks. We focus on remote
manipulation of soft objects with haptic feedback, which is of great
importance for dexterous manipulation of soft, deformable objects, taking
into account the specific requirements of the industrial and medical

The project is funded by the new BGU ABC (Agricultural, Biological,
Cognitive) Robotics Initiative
http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/robotics/Pages/default.aspx and the successful
candidates will become members of ABC Robotics as well as the Zlotowski
Center for Neuroscience http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/zlotowski/Pages/default.aspx.
The Scholarships offered by the ABC Robotics initiative are very
competitive in Israeli standards and cost of living. In addition, we will
be happy to sponsor application to external funding agencies in the home
countries of the applicants, such as the Fulbright Fellowship for US
nationals http://fulbright.org.il/en/?page_id=1024 or the Azrieli
Fellowship for Canadian graduates

The applicants should have a degree in Engineering (Biomedical, Electrical,
Industrial, or Mechanical) or Computer Science. A background in robotics
with empirical research is considered an advantage. The candidate should
have good communication skills in English, both in speaking and in writing.

Please send your application via email to Dr. Sigal Berman,sigalbe at bgu.ac.il
 or Dr. Ilana Nisky, nisky at bgu.ac.il and include:

   1. Cover letter
   2. Resume
   3. Research statement describing relevant experience.
   4. For postdoc applicants – examples of published research.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Global/Pages/default.aspx is a vibrant research and
teaching university located in Beer-Sheva, the capital of the Negev – the
south region of Israel, just 55 minutes away from Tel-Aviv, 1 hour away
from Jerusalem, and at the verge of the beautiful Negev desert. Established
a little over 40 years ago, it aspires to be a leader in scientific
innovation, inter-disciplinary research and applied sciences – all of which
impact daily life. It is committed to social and environmental
responsibility and is working to develop the Negev, Israel and the world.
It is also consistently voted by students to be the top choice for
undergraduate studies. The Faculty of Engineering is the oldest and the
most established of the university faculties, and maintains a very close
collaboration with leading industry partners. BGU was one of the driving
forces of the Advanced Technologies
Parkhttp://www.gavyam-negev.co.il/en/ adjacent
to the University’s Marcus Family Campus. The University attracts excellent
students and researchers from Israel and abroad, original thinkers with a
developed social conscience, who integrate into the country's leadership in
a variety of ways.

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is an equal opportunity employer and
actively seeks diversity among its employees. The salaries and scholarships
of post-doctoral researchers and of research students at Ben-Gurion
University are regulated by the BGU Research Authority and are in
accordance with the expertise assumed by the position and the cost of
living in Israel.

Ilana Nisky, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

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