[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Unique Post-Doc Opportunity: Soft Tactile Sensing for Therapeutic Robotics

Ania Picard appicard at umd.edu
Wed Apr 25 11:51:43 PDT 2018


*Unique Post-Doc Opportunity:  Soft Tactile Sensing for Therapeutic
Robotics *

The integration of tactile sensors into robots has become of significant
interest, especially for robots that physically and continuously interact
with humans, such as rehabilitation robots, especially because soft
interfaces have tremendous potential to enhance human-robot interactions.


*Project Synopsis*
*The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College
Park,* recently launched the *MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program*. As part
of this program, Drs. Smela and Roy are seeking a postdoctoral candidate
under the theme Human-Robot Interactions. The study brings together the
fields of rehabilitation robotics and smart/soft tactile sensors, with the
overarching goal of enhancing the functionality and fidelity of human-robot
interactions to enable more bio-inspired robotic therapy during walking and
other mobility tasks in aging and disabled population groups. Our robotic
platform has already been shown to yield improvements in gait for patients
who have had a stroke, albeit with limited sensor information. The specific
goal of this project is to develop a soft tactile sensing system integrated
into a lower limb robot to enhance clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
effectiveness.

*Minimum Qualifications*
Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science,
or a related field by the expected start date for this position, June 1,
2018. Applicants should be intellectually curious researchers at an early
stage in their scholarly career, with a demonstrated capacity for
independent work. We recognize that strength comes through diversity and
actively seek and welcome people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and
identities. We encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

*Preferred Qualifications*
A research background in robotics and/or polymeric sensors, while not
essential, is advantageous.

*Application Materials*
1. Applicant’s CV, including publication list.
2. Contact information for three references, preferably including PhD
thesis advisor, who can provide an assessment of the applicant’s
qualifications and potential for innovative independent research.

Email application materials to both smela at umd.edu and ARoy at som.umaryland.edu
.

This project has funding guaranteed for one year, and benefits will be
provided. Renewing beyond the first year is subject to funding availability
and performance.


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