[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] A postdoctoral position is opening at Inria Lille, France.

Gang Zheng gang.zheng at inria.fr
Wed Mar 8 05:15:57 PST 2017

Topic: Optimal design for soft robotics 
Duration: 16 months 
Starting date: before December 31, 2017 
Application deadline: April 02, 2017 
Salary: 2621€ gross/month, after taxes: around 2138 € (medical insurance included) 
Scientific contact : olivier.goury at inria.fr , christian.duriez at inria.fr and gang.zheng at inria.fr 
Application procedure: Applicants must apply online from the Inria Web site ( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__tinyurl.com_glllm55&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Sc5Ds4ZEnox3MIn8t9AS36WYQBNB2dy67ud042Jrka0&s=AvloZbAQ1yrlepL1D5B75sCvwimHggatzpICD8EWeEA&e=  ) 

Soft robots are rightly able to adjust their shape and flexibility to suit the task in hand and their immediate environment. Using soft robots would allow to access fragile parts of the anatomy in complete safety. Due to the infinite number of DoF, the modeling and control of soft robot with precision are still an open problem in scientific research. By using Finite-Element Method to approximate the soft robot model, it is possible to numerically verified the design of soft robots. 

Job offer description: 
Due to special requirements in the different scenarios, different types of actuators and sensors measuring the robot position and parameters (such as applied force, shape and so on) should be integrated in the soft robot. The type of actuators and sensors and where they are mounted will determine the controllability (possibility of regulation) and observability (possibility of state and posture reconstruction) of the designed soft robot. In this sense, it is necessary to simulate numerically the soft robot, for which a pre-analysis is crucial to determine the type and the place of the integrated actuators and sensors by checking the controllability and observability. Therefore, the candidate will design and develop algorithm for efficiently characterizing controllability and observability of soft robots by obtaining FEM model. 

Skills and Profile: 
The Post-doc candidate must have a PhD. (or equivalent) in Automatic Control and/or Computer Science or a related field and a solid background in control of systems. Fluency in English (writing / speaking) is mandatory. Strong publication record is a plus. 

Possibility of French courses 
Help for housing 
Participation in transports costs 
Scientific Resident card and help for visa 

It is recommendated to contact us in advance before submitting your application through website of Inria ( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__tinyurl.com_glllm55&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Sc5Ds4ZEnox3MIn8t9AS36WYQBNB2dy67ud042Jrka0&s=AvloZbAQ1yrlepL1D5B75sCvwimHggatzpICD8EWeEA&e=  ) 

More detail can be found as well: 

Gang Zheng 
INRIA Lille-Nord Europe 
40 Avenue Halley 
59650, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France 
Tel: +33 3 59 57 79 53 
Fax: +33 3 59 57 78 50 

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