[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD Positions in Flexible Mechatronics and Soft Robotics for Wearable Devices/Surgery

michaeldo thanh4 at e.ntu.edu.sg
Sun Mar 10 17:31:49 PDT 2019

Dear All,

PhD Positions in Flexible Mechatronics and Soft Robotics for Wearable
Devices and Surgical Systems

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in collaboration with School of
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University
of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia is looking for several PhD
students (3.5-4 years) in projects related to surgical/medical robotics,
haptics, and wearable devices starting in Semester 3 (Sept/2019) or Semester
1 (Feb/2020) with fully scholarship support including tuition fee and
stipend. The deadline for the term 3 intake is 03/May/2019. 

*Project 1*: Flexible/Surgical Robots 
This project will focus on the mechanical design, fabrication, modelling,
sensing, and control for novel generation miniature flexible robotic
arms/catheters with advanced actuation and sensing technologies for flexible
endoscopic systems. The robotic systems will also integrate real-time haptic
displays to be used in gastrointestinal cancer treatments, heart, and other
related diseases. Clinical trials on living animals and human will be
carried out at the end of the project. The successful candidates are
expected to have strong skills and experiences on mechanical design, robotic
and flexible mechatronic systems, control, and good hands-on with mechanical
fabrication and prototypes, smart materials. This project will collaborate
with leading researchers, surgeons, and experts from UNSW, local hospitals,
international partners. Successful candidates should be highly
self-motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. 

*Project 2*: Wearable devices and robotic applications 
This project will develop strong, multifunctional, and shape programmable
soft actuators with embedded sensors for wearable devices and robotic
systems to be used in healthcare, VR/AR, rehabilitation, haptics,
entertainments, military, and industrial sectors. The successful candidates
are expected to have experiences in mechanical design, wearable and embedded
electronics, robotic and mechatronic systems, smart materials, and control
with good hands-on skills in mechanical and soft material fabrications. This
project will collaborate with leading researchers and experts from both
Australia and overseas. Successful candidates should be highly
self-motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. 
*Minimum requirements*: 

A four-year bachelor's degree with Honours Class I from an Australian
institution or equivalent research qualification experience.
English Tests: (IELTS 6.5 with min. 6.0 in all skills; TOEFL iBT 90 (min. 23
in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); PTE Academic 64 with
min. 54 in each subtest.
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*Details for scholarship please follow these link*: 
Interested students are invited to send their applications with title:
[Jobs][Name of project interest] to Dr. Thanh Nho Do via
tn.do{at}unsw.edu.au and include: 
1) Cover letter with your detailed research interest (1-2 pages would be
2) Your CV with detailed experiences (previous and current projects,
publications) and includes at least two academic references 
3) Summary (1-2 pages) of Bachelor and/or Master thesis
4) Academic transcripts and certificates of degrees 
5) Soft copy of your publications if any (e.g. journals, conferences,
thesis…) and links if any to illustration photos/videos, developed
prototypes, website... 
6) Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS...) that meets minimum
requirement from UNSW (as above). 
*Note*: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. 
*Additional supports*: 
- In additional to UNSW scholarships, a top-up allowance per year for 3.5-4
years will be provided for exceptional candidates. 
- Annual travel funds for local/international conferences and to visit
collaborators’ labs in USA, Singapore, and Europe. 
*About UNSW*: UNSW is one of the top three universities in Australia and a
research-intensive university ranked in the world’s top 50 universities (QS
rankings 2018). UNSW has all great facilities and excellent staffs needed
for world class research. UNSW ranks 45th in the 2018 QS World University
Rankings, 85th in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings,
and 36th in the world for academic reputation. UNSW is a member of the
prestigious Group of Eight Australia's leading research-intensive
universities and is Australia’s most comprehensive research-intensive
university, one of only two in the world to be ranked in 50 subject areas in
the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017. The main
UNSW campus is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney only 7km from the
centre of the city, 2km from Coogee Beach and 5km from Sydney’s
international and domestic airports.

*About Sydney*: Sydney is a great place to live and enjoy and one of the
most beautiful, liveable and friendly cities in the world. The city is among
the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists
coming each year to see the city's landmarks with beautiful beaches and
parks. Boasting over 1,000,000 ha (2,500,000 acres) of nature reserves and
parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal
National Park, Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park, the oldest parkland in
the country. Built attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the
World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House are also well known to
international visitors. Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths
in finance, manufacturing and tourism.

Thank you very much. 

Yours Sincerely
Thanh Nho Do PhD 
Scientia Lecturer 
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales
NSW 2052 AUSTRALIAle-assistive-technologies

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