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

Walsh, Conor J walsh at seas.harvard.edu
Fri Sep 2 09:10:45 PDT 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=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=PCuTB-HGw5iM5kGbYuHXmRpOb3Pnk2boFpC_KaqMIEI&s=8j9WDW8w_VNV1bu4l2RJobLlhHKNeh09am6h4n83aRI&e=  and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__wyss.harvard.edu&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=PCuTB-HGw5iM5kGbYuHXmRpOb3Pnk2boFpC_KaqMIEI&s=bZkYos9ANC9uqso_gWCaYZvdhQtXVJesNyUlY12wp_A&e=  

1. Electrical Research Assistant IV (Electrical Technician) - Bioinspired Robotics
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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, enthusiastic and experienced individual to work as an electrical research assistant providing services to Institute researchers and faculty in its Bioinspired Robotics Platform. Working under the supervision of the Platform Faculty, and reporting to the Bioinspired Robotics Platform Lead, this person will support platform researchers with experimental designs, setups and testing. The successful candidate will design, prototype and debug customized circuitry for use in platform experiments. He/she will also perform testing of prototypes and accurately and thoroughly document experimental observations and protocols. Responsibilities also including purchasing and maintaining electrical test equipment and supplies and training users on electrical equipment. Collaboration with other Wyss personnel to achieve objectives and enhance service quality is expected.

Basic Qualifications: 3+ years' experience with analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuit design, prototyping, testing or related experience is a must. Education may count towards experience. 

Additional Qualifications: B.S. in Electrical or Computer Science preferred.  Experience with PCB layout and manufacturing is required. Experience with embedded controllers (e.g. PIC, Atmel AVR, Arduino, ARM), signal conditioning, and data collection is required.  Experience debugging, evaluating and diagnosing PCBs, electronic boards and harnessing is required.  Experience with SMT component replacement and harnessing for various sensing and electromechanical systems is required. In addition, programming skills to develop code to  debug basic functionality of boards is desired. The candidate should have strong organizational and communication skills required to assist and collaborate with multidisciplinary groups of technology innovators and engineers, as well as biologists and clinicians, in a dynamic team environment. Ability to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment is essential.

2. Staff Electrical 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 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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