[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] wearable robotics openings at Harvard

Walsh, Conor J walsh at seas.harvard.edu
Sun Nov 6 08:10:31 PST 2016


Please find links to staff openings at Harvard. For any questions in regards to these or possible academic openings please contact Conor Walsh walsh at seas.harvard.edu with an updated CV. Websites: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__biodesign.seas.harvard.edu&d=DgIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1WloqH9kKt6e5M_7wtOcysgx9CKQxg2LQGzBOW96qQg&s=8PLC-QWHqWuQAdBJvYoTsZilAPTw-qF8uAxQU-FlRlM&e=  and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__wyss.harvard.edu&d=DgIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1WloqH9kKt6e5M_7wtOcysgx9CKQxg2LQGzBOW96qQg&s=60Ry4musyELAmW6Ph3FmcJAwgZXc1EXVmoq9Nf-xGCY&e=  

1. Staff Software Engineer - Robotics

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design, development and validation of embedded software and firmware. Reporting to the Bioinspired Robotics Staff Lead and working closely with the Platform Faculty and Staff, the Software Engineer will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the software development for wearable robotic projects for a variety of applications.
 
  Duties and responsibilities include:
- Implementation of embedded code for custom electronics to integrate multiple sensor inputs.
- Develop code to enable communication of different sub-systems over multiple protocols which include CAN, SPI, etc. for data loging and low-level controls.
- Develop, maintain and validate real-time code for multiple systems and test fixtures. Analyze data from test fixtures to report on performance and provide design specifications for final systems.
- Develop code to visualize and record sensor information (GUI).
- Develop design specifications for the user interface needed for various wearable robot embodiments, based on an understanding of the signals being measured (e.g. movement, force, physiological), relevant control parameters for the robot and to most effectively display information. Collect feedback from end-users and use it in the design cycle.
- Contribute in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications and presentations.

Basic qualifications:
- B.Sc.. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related field. Minimum of 1 year of experience in code development.
- Must have experience designing, developing and validating C/C++ code.
- Experience in (RT) real time embedded software development.
- Advanced education may count toward years of experience
 
Additional qualifications:
- M.Sc. in Computer science is preferred. Focus on robotics and human-computer interaction is preferred. 
- Experience with multi-threading systems is preferred.
- Experience in version control and repository tools is preferred
- Experience developing code/firmware for popular microcontroller platforms such as ARM, PIC, etc. is preferred
- Experience making user-friendly systems with Arduino, Python, and MATLAB is preferred.
- Experience with use of communication protocols, wired (CAN, SPI) and wireless (802.11, Bluetooth) is a plus
- Background in robotics is preferred
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2. Staff Electrical Engineer - Robotics
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__sjobs.brassring.com_TGWEbHost_jobdetails.aspx-3FpartnerID-3D25240-26siteID-3D5341-26AReq-3D40568BR&d=DgIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1WloqH9kKt6e5M_7wtOcysgx9CKQxg2LQGzBOW96qQg&s=VSHUOro5kzbWuCyCBFdfAv774RwDhR4wfONHXvVU1JY&e=   

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and construction of various low-power embedded electrical systems, instrumentation and components for wearable robotic applications. Reporting to the Bioinspired Robotics Platform Lead and working closely with the Platform Faculty, the Staff Electrical Engineer will develop functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into system specifications and prototypes. More specifically, the successful candidate will:

Create custom circuit designs and PCB layouts in collaboration with other project team members and interface with outside vendors to fabricate necessary components. Possess and utilize and in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of electrical systems related to low-power circuits, motor driver design, and motor control. Possess an in-depth knowledge of electronics for real-time distributed communication. Possess and utilize an in-depth knowledge of embedded C/C++ programming, in particular on real-time control and signal processing, wired and wireless communication and data logging. Optimize electrical components to improve performance to weight, durability, efficiency and robustness. Test electrical system performance on bench top models and during lab-based and field - based human subjects testing experiments. Collect and document feedback, and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements. Contribute in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications and presentations.

Basic Qualifications    B.S. in Electrical Engineering or related degree required.  4+ years of experience in research and/or product development. Advanced education may count toward years' experience. 

Additional Qualifications       M.S. or PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on robotics and circuit design preferred.  Extensive experience in analog and digital circuit design, PCB layout, and device performance simulation. Experience in the development of low power, embedded circuits, wired (CAN) and wireless communications, battery management, motor control, use of sensors and transducers, and microprocessors and controllers. Hands-on experience in prototyping, soldering, and debugging designs. Knowledge and experience selecting and programming microprocessors, controllers, and logic arrays. Experience with computer-based instrumentation and data acquisition. Background in embedded control systems and signal processing (analog and digital). Proficiency in computer programming and electromechanical design/simulation software (e.g. C++, Orcad, PSpice, AutoCad Electrical, Matlab). Previous experience in robotics, medical device design, human interface design, quality systems, and/or electrical safety testing are highly desirable. Knowledge and experience working with various tooling/manufacturing sources and component vendors is a plus. Knowledge of engineering documentation and lab procedures.  Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability. Willing to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment.  Strong commitment to educating and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows.   

3. Staff Mechanical Engineer - Robotics
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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and development of highly efficient and lightweight actuators with flexible transmission systems for wearable robotic applications. Reporting to the Soft Exosuit's Project Lead and working closely with the Platform Faculty and Staff, the Staff Mechanical Engineer will develop functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into system specifications and prototypes. More specifically, the successful candidate will:

Develop design specifications for actuation and transmission components for various wearable robot embodiments and be responsible for the conceptualization, detailed design, fabrication, and testing of these components to ensure that design specifications are met. Develop designs of cable-driven transmissions for wearable robots and responsible for the optimization of commercial components, fabrication and testing of novel components to ensure that design specifications are met. Interface with other engineering, science and biomechanics team members to integrate the actuation and transmission components into functional wearable robotic devices. Create technical drawings / sketches and representations of conceptual and detailed designs so that they can be shared with team members and outside vendors. Possess an in-depth knowledge of all types of electrical motors, power efficiency profiles, gearbox and pulley transmissions, sealing methods, and hydraulic alternatives in order to produce durable designs capable of withstanding rigorous outdoor field testing. Optimize electromechanical design concepts to improve performance for weight, durability, efficiency and robustness. Test actuator and transmissions systems on bench top models and during lab-based and field- based human subjects testing experiments.    Collect and document feedback, and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements as well as identifying new technologies applicable to electromechanical actuators. Contribute in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications and presentations. Conduct laboratory research; oversee the research efforts of staff, fellows and students, providing leadership and expertise to research personnel regarding project goals and objectives and interpretation of research results in his/her area of expertise.

Basic Qualifications 	BS in mechanical engineering or related degree. Minimum of 5+ years of experience with technically sophisticated electromechanical design projects or related experience. Advanced education may count toward years' experience. 

Additional Qualifications 	MS or PhD preferred.  Extensive proficiency in mechanical design (including mechanism design, kinematics and dynamics, mechanics and optimization) and simulation software (e.g. SolidWorks, ProE, Matlab, AutoCAD, CATIA, etc) required. Hands-on experience with prototyping, machining (CNC), and 3D printing required. Experience with FEA desirable, including mesh generation and analysis software (e.g. ANSYS, Nastran, Abaqus, etc) desirable. Experience in material selection and characterization of performance (stress testing, fatigue analysis) required. Experience with cable-drive transmission design is desirable. Experience with data acquisition (e.g. National Instruments) for experimental electro-mechanical systems required; previous experience in robotics, medical device design, human interface design, quality systems, and/or mechanical testing are highly desirable. Knowledge and experience working with various tooling/manufacturing sources and component vendors is a plus. Knowledge of engineering documentation and lab procedures desirable. Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability required. Willing to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment. Prior experience in software development or use pertaining to data acquisition and control is beneficial. Candidates must have a willingness to work outside of their discipline to accomplish project goals.   




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