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PhD postion in Wearable Robotics
Published(973 days ago)
Deadline for applications(918 days ago)
University of Twente (UT)Enschede (Niederlande)
PhD postion in Wearable Robotics
Natural Sciences, Engineering
38.0 hours per week
€ 2191 - € 2801
University of Twente (UT)
The Neuromechanics and Biomechatronics group of the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering
Technology and MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine) at the University of Twente, The
Netherlands has an opening for a PhD Candidate within the research area of wearable robotics.
Research project description
During the last decades, exoskeleton technology and applications have advanced rapidly. Exoskeletons are used to
enhance the strength of the wearer, as an assistive device, and for therapy of neurological patients. We are a
global key-player in developing (wearable) exoskeleton technology, and studying and optimising human-machine
interaction. We developed the robotic gait trainer LOPES, and several wearable exoskeletons, such as the MindWalker.
The aim of the Flexible robotic suit project (VICI grant) is to move beyond wearable exoskeletons: to develop a flexible
robotic suit that can fully support human walking to enable patients with a couple spinal cord injury to walk again.
You will be responsible for 1) optimising the human-machine interaction by deriving and testing novel control approaches
on existing exoskeletons and the newly developed robotic suit 2) clinically testing the robotic suit in patients with
spinal cord injury.
We are looking for highly motivated, talented and enthusiastic candidates with an active attitude and excellent communication and
collaborative skills. The successful applicant has completed a master degree in (bio)mechanical, biomedical, electrical engineering,
applied physics, or human movement science or in a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical
experience in one or more of the following research areas: biomechanics, system dynamics and control, mechatronics, or neuroscience.
Experience with human/patient experiments and programming in Matlab (simulink) is desired. Fluency in English is required and the
candidate should speak Dutch or willing to learn Dutch.
An interview will be part of the selection procedure
Information and application:
Questions regarding this positions can be directed to Herman van der Kooij, PhD (Professor), phone: +31-53-484779,
Please send your application with c.v. (including contact information for at least two academic references) and transcripts from
your Bachelors and/or Masters degrees as a SINGLE PDF file before February 15th, 2017, through the link below.
Conditions of employment
We offer a very challenging fulltime position for four years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment.
In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from
€ 2.191,- in the first year to € 2.801,- in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent
facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional
benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching
experience as well.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW) is one of the six faculties of the University of Twente. CTW combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE, and IGS.