[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in Variable Stiffness Actuation for Underwater Bioinspired Robots, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

GIORGIO-SERCHI Francesco F.Giorgio-Serchi at ed.ac.uk
Thu Mar 7 06:07:46 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=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ijUvSLaxzVBpDX5G_5fSYti2R7qcBTGpsK46jvMFRfg&s=_GwUBXiuh2Y949gl5MqQRuyrJIutU9oNZW5zMPMXNdw&e=<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.edinburgh-2Drobotics.org_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ijUvSLaxzVBpDX5G_5fSYti2R7qcBTGpsK46jvMFRfg&s=1RIG1fp7QdsO30BUwwzo71oxqiAHmZWXx7z8DIEiOLs&e=>/) as well as take part in the activities of the recently established OrcaHub (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__orcahub.org_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ijUvSLaxzVBpDX5G_5fSYti2R7qcBTGpsK46jvMFRfg&s=gPsNDTid2p-h-k0b7y1OHnsBLelzxJ8mAu1ROGXGEDQ&e=).

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 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__stokesresearchgroup.com_&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ijUvSLaxzVBpDX5G_5fSYti2R7qcBTGpsK46jvMFRfg&s=9l09eGfg1o2tDs3pjhCS_O2MsL_m1KKS_qTtrXHg3_k&e=)

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<mailto:f.giorgio-serchi at ed.ac.uk>

Application:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.eng.ed.ac.uk_studying_postgraduate_research_phd_variable-2Dstiffness-2Dactuation-2Dbioinspired-2Dunderwater-2Dvehicle&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ijUvSLaxzVBpDX5G_5fSYti2R7qcBTGpsK46jvMFRfg&s=nQ-X2uu2Z-8hBCC0KGiFHlvmpGx765oHsu0KdNX_PjY&e=


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