[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD postion in Wearable Robotics

h.vanderkooij at utwente.nl h.vanderkooij at utwente.nl
Thu Dec 22 23:23:22 PST 2016

The Neuromechanics and Biomechatronics group of the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering Technology and MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine) at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has an opening for a PhD Candidate within the research area of wearable robotics.

Research project description
During the last decades, exoskeleton technology and applications have advanced rapidly. Exoskeletons are used to enhance the strength of the wearer, as an assistive device, and for therapy of neurological patients. We are a global key-player in developing (wearable) exoskeleton technology, and studying and optimising human-machine interaction. We developed the robotic gait trainer LOPES, and several wearable exoskeletons, such as the MindWalker. The aim of the Flexible robotic suit project (VICI grant) is to move beyond wearable exoskeletons: to develop a flexible robotic suit that can fully support human walking to enable patients with a couple spinal cord injury to walk again. You will be responsible for 1) optimising the human-machine interaction by deriving and testing novel control approaches on existing exoskeletons and the newly developed robotic suit 2) clinically testing the robotic suit in patients with spinal cord injury.
The present project will be conducted within the Neuromechanics and Biomechatronics group (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.utwente.nl_ctw_bw_research_NeuroMechanics_index.html&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=x3YLeANXN1MR2xkF_YnW7KZiCGgEYIIU755sukea5IM&s=NmabS5Xu45OxOsKx4zS947xfpkXQd_Kouzg7TIujdZY&e=  ) and research facilities of MIRA (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.utwente.nl_mira_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=x3YLeANXN1MR2xkF_YnW7KZiCGgEYIIU755sukea5IM&s=7O1I0qurpScYaV39tYcH7kS06_xEuzt6YeBke6Df8gE&e=  ). In addition there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with the Rehabilitation centre the Roessingh and several institutions abroad.
We are looking for highly motivated, talented and enthusiastic candidates with an active attitude and excellent communication and collaborative skills. The successful applicant has completed a master degree in (bio)mechanical, biomedical, electrical engineering,  applied physics, or human movement science or in a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: biomechanics,  system dynamics and control, mechatronics, or neuroscience. Experience with human/patient experiments and programming in Matlab (simulink) is desired. Fluency in English is required and the candidate should speak Dutch or willing to learn Dutch.
An interview will be part of the selection procedure.
Information and application:
Questions regarding this positions can be directed to Herman van der Kooij, PhD (Professor), phone: +31-53-484779, email: h.vanderkooij at utwente.nl<mailto:h.vanderkooij at utwente.nl>
Department website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.utwente.nl_ctw_bw_&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=x3YLeANXN1MR2xkF_YnW7KZiCGgEYIIU755sukea5IM&s=cuXLhLBVEALrNZOZQXvgA29nmS1-4h4rp8d0_qXvI1A&e= 
Please send your application with c.v. (including contact information for at least two academic references) and transcripts from your Bachelors and/or Masters degrees as a SINGLE PDF file before February 15th, 2017, through the link below.
We offer a very challenging fulltime position for four years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from € 2.191,- in the first year to € 2.801,- in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW) is one of the six faculties of the University of Twente. CTW combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE, and IGS.

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