[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc Positions at the Robotics and Motion Laboratory at the University of Michigan

C. David Remy cdremy at umich.edu
Wed Mar 23 08:49:45 PDT 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Robotics and Motion Laboratory at the University of Michigan is
looking for talented and highly motivated applicants for two postdoctoral
research positions.

. Position 1: Control and Optimization of Legged Robots
You will be leading a project team that is working towards designing,
building, and controlling legged robots that embrace and exploit their
inherent mechanical dynamics and that are able to use different gaits
(walking, running, trotting, .) at different operating points to improve
the overall performance of legged systems.  The work will extend optimal
control and machine-learning techniques to allow the simultaneous
generation of gaits, motions, and morphological parameters.  Our research
team studies these concepts not only in simulation, but also with hardware
The ideal candidate for this position holds a PhD in Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or in a related
field, and should have significant prior experience developing and
implementing motion control algorithms for legged robots.  Applicants
should have knowledge of standard control theory, dynamics, and
optimization.  Prior hardware experience is required for this position.

. Position 2: Body in the Loop Optimization and Assessment of Outcomes
with Powered Prostheses.
(This is a joint project with the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory
of Dr. Deanna Gates).  You will lead a project that seeks to establish
objectivity in the determination of device settings for powered
prostheses.  To this end, we will determine how the choice of controller
settings influences measures of metabolic effort, muscle activity,
kinematics, kinetics, and subjective feedback.  In particular, we seek to
optimize these physiological quantities in real-time with the human body
in the loop.
The ideal candidate for this position has substantial experience in
conducting human subjects experiments (motion capture, electromyography,
metabolic cost, etc.) and analyzing human movement. Experience with
biomechanics software including Cortex, Visual3D or OpenSim is also
desired.  Additional knowledge of signal processing, advanced statistics,
and optimization would be highly beneficial for this position.

In addition to the technical skills outlined above, ideal candidates
should have excellent analytical and problem solving skills and must be
thriving in both a team and individual environment.  Since you will be
leading the effort in these projects, you must also have strong
organizational and communication skills.

Your application (single PDF file) should contain the following
. Cover letter stating:
     . for which position you apply
     . your personal research interest and goals and how these overlap
with the project described above
     . your key qualifications in the context of the call outlined above
. Complete CV with list of publications.
. Copy of three relevant papers.
. Names and contact information of three references.

Please directly email your application to C. David Remy (cdremy at umich.edu)
with the subject line "Application for Postdoc".

Starting Date:  As soon as possible
Location:  Robotics and Motion Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI Application Deadline:  Open until filled
Both positions are initially for 1 year with the possibility to renew.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,
protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions about these

-David Remy

C. David Remy, Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
Mechanical Engineering
3436 GGBrown
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor , MI 48109-2125, USA
+1 734 764 8797
cdremy at umich.edu

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