[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD, Muscle modelling & exoskeletons for children with CP, Auckland, NZ

Andrew McDaid andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Feb 10 11:23:08 PST 2015

Biomechatronics Research Group - Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position in the field of biomechanics and muscle modelling with application to wearable robotic exoskeleton devices for children with cerebral palsy (CP). This project involves an exciting new collaboration with a team across the University of Auckland (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en.html) and Starship Children's Health, Auckland City's specialist paediatric hospital. The project will involve highly cross-disciplinary research in bioengineering and robotics as well as clinical trials with human participants. As such the successful candidate will graduate with a high quality degree and a wide range of skills and experience.

For any additional information regarding the project please contact andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz>

The University of Auckland, NZ
The University of Auckland is New Zealand's pre-eminent research-led University, based in the centre of the highly desirable Auckland City. It employs over 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students making us one of NZ's largest employers. The Faculty of Engineering is also the country's largest and most successful with a roll of more than 3,900 students and a strong focus on research. We offer a diverse and active community for research and we are proud of our strong international reputation for the quality of our research outputs. We have collaborative links with research groups and industry within New Zealand and across the world.
The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students. It provides on-site early childhood education centres for babies and pre-school children; it has parental leave and flexible work policies which support a balance between work, life, family and caring responsibilities.

- B.S./B.E. or M.S./M.E. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or other relevant field with high GPA
- Strong background in biomechanics and muscle modelling
- Signal processing (EEG, EMG) and/or robotics experience is desirable
- Strong programming skills
- Excellent written and oral English communication
- Good initiative and time management skills
- Experience working with human participants

This is project is funded by the Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund which will cover fees + stipend of NZ$25,000 per annum for a 3 year PhD. Start date asap, but is negotiable.

Candidates should e-mail a single pdf including a cover letter describing their background and motivation, CV with 3 references and transcripts of their bachelor and/or master studies to: andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz> by 15th March 2015.

For any additional information please contact andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:andrew.mcdaid at auckland.ac.nz>

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