[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-Doctoral researcher, Soft robots, micro-robots, energetics, fuel systems

Michael Wehner miwehner at ucsc.edu
Thu Feb 28 15:33:25 PST 2019

[jobs] Post-Doctoral researcher, Soft robots, micro-robots, energetics,
fuel systems

At the University of California, Santa Cruz Machine Interaction lab, we
have a vision of dexterous and autonomous soft robots. We have ongoing work
into all major areas of soft robotics, and we are looking to fill a key
Post-Doctoral researcher position to further these goals. The lab is
building upon our recent work in the microfluidic control of an untethered
entirely soft robot (Octobot), pneumatic energy sources for autonomous and
wearable soft robotics, and control of soft robots.

About the position:

The candidate will explore options for energetics at the micro-scale, use
microfluidics to control liquid fuels, and investigate novel energy
conversion systems. The goal is a demonstration of controlled energy
conversion from a liquid fuel source to mechanical/kinetic or electric
energy as an option to power small scale robots. We seek candidates with
microfluidics experience, and a strong track record in innovative design
and hands-on fabrication. Prior experience in soft robotics, dielectric
elastomers, and liquid fuel is a plus. This work is part of a larger
project in collaboration with SRI, PARC, and UC Berkeley. Local travel to
these institutions is anticipated. Candidates will have frequent
phone/video conferences with team members from these institutions.
Candidates will be expected to prepare progress reports and demonstrations
for visits by these team members. Candidates must be comfortable
collaborating with senior engineers in industry and labs at other
universities. With the nature of this collaboration, this position can be a
good “fit” for candidates pursuing academic or non-academic career tracks.
Candidates must hold a PhD in mechanical engineering, electrical
engineering, physics, or a closely related field.

About the research group:

The candidate will be part of the Machine Interaction lab at UC Santa Cruz,
which specializes in interaction between robots and their environments
including terrain, humans, and animals. Topics of interest include all
areas of soft robotics (design, fabrication, sensing, control, energetics,
autonomy, microfluidics), wearable robotics, and robot design for
interaction/inherently safe robot design. The candidate will use the W. M.
Keck center for Optofluidics, microfluidic soft systems. The candidate will
use the new (opening March 2019) UCSC Robotics lab with 6200 square foot
lab space including flight arena, fabrication shop, design center with all
major additive and subtractive fabrication capabilities including many 3D
Printing technologies, traditional and CNC machining, and laser cutting,
and various molding/soft systems fabrication facilities. Dry lab and
computer facilities are in the heart of the redwoods. Wet-lab space is a
short walk from National Bridges State Beach and across the street from the
Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve.

Applicants should send a cover letter briefly describing their background
and career plans, a CV, and the names and contact information for at least
three references. The positions are open immediately (March, 2019) and
guaranteed for a year with a possible second year extension. These
documents should be submitted as pdf attachments to MiWehner at ucsc.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer and applications from women and underrepresented minorities are
strongly encouraged.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 10:09 AM Michael Wehner <miwehner at ucsc.edu> wrote:


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