[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD position in Variable Stiffness Actuation for Underwater Bioinspired Robots

Francesco Giorgio-Serchi fg.serchi at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 03:09:28 PST 2019

Applications are invited for a *PhD position* in Robotics/Mechatronics at
the Institute of Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) of the School of
Engineering of the University of Edinburgh  (UoE). The University of
Edinburgh is a world-leading research institution, ranked 18th in the
global most recent QS Ranking and 4th in the UK for research power.

The successful candidate will be based in Scottish Microelectronics Centre
and will also have access to the facilities and resources of the Edinburgh
Centre for Robotics (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.edinburgh-2Drobotics.org_&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1hTEyZe0LBXM-f6b4VJC0825hy2ZwYP9yWMWX1iZqzM&s=reO3A0Tx056L3HtM6pRmOMEoHZbIzg3YkvjDSL1TRFM&e=) as well as take
part in the activities of the recently established OrcaHub (

This project aims to study the use of Variable Stiffness Actuators (VSA)
embedded in aquatic propulsors with the aim of actively selecting the
degree of flexibility of the system and in this way exploit resonance-aided
actuation over a continuous spectrum of frequencies. The purpose of this is
to enable an underwater vehicle endowed with such VSA apparatus to benefit
of persistent maximum efficiency over a broad range of propulsion regimes.

*Closing date:* until filled

*Funding:* this project is fully funded *for UK/EU citizen only.*

*Project duration:* 3.5 years

*Supervisors*: Francesco Giorgio-Serchi, Adam Stokes (

*Eligibility*: This post is open to a candidate with a first-class degree
or upper second (or equivalent for non-UK students) or a combination of
qualification and professional experience equivalent to that level in
Mechanical/Aerospace/Automation Engineering with a focus in Mechatronics or
Robotics. Expertise in Variable Stiffness Actuators, Bioinspired Robotics
or Aquatic Propulsion will be regarded favorably.

*Informal enquiry: *f.giorgio-serchi at ed.ac.uk


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