[robotics-worldwide] PHD POSITION IN REHABILITATION ROBOTICS AT UCLOUVAIN, BELGIUM

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[robotics-worldwide] PHD POSITION IN REHABILITATION ROBOTICS AT UCLOUVAIN, BELGIUM

Renaud Ronsse
PHD POSITION IN REHABILITATION ROBOTICS AT UCLOUVAIN, BELGIUM

The Centre for Research in Mechatronics at UCLouvain (Belgium) is
seeking applications for a PhD position in Rehabilitation Robotics,
offered in the framework of a European Project on a cognitive prosthesis
design. The position should start as soon as possible, and no later than
the 1st of February, 2012. The position is fully funded and will involve
strong interactions with the project partners: Scuola Superiore
Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Rizzoli
Ortopedia (Italy), and Univerza v Ljubljani (Ljubljana, Slovenia).

PROJECT TOPIC

The goal of the project is to develop an intelligent, cognitive
prosthesis for lower-limb amputees. This high-performance device will
combine cutting-edge properties like energy efficient (through compliant
elements), user-intention detection, intuitive interaction, and
maximization of the user's safety.
UCL is mainly in charge of the controller design. This work will be
completed in collaboration with a postdoc and will require the design of
an advanced controller, multibody, physics-oriented simulations of the
user/device interactions, and experimental activities (both with healthy
and impaired participants) carried out with the group of Rehabilitation
& physical medicine (Institute of Neuroscience) at UCL.

This work will be validated with a novel mechatronic device relying on a
new type of sensory integration. Both will be developed by our partners,
such that strong interactions will be required during the whole project.

REQUESTED PROFILE

We are seeking candidates with an MSc degree in Mechanical/Biomedical
Engineering, Mechatronics or a related discipline, with a strong
background in controls, mechanical simulation (e.g. multibody dynamics)
and robotics. Good programming skills and/or experiences in experimental
investigations with humans are a plus. Good communication skills are
further required in this project, due to its collaborative framework.
Having the capacity to act independently and to take initiatives is more
than welcome.

WHAT WE OFFER

- a highly dynamic working environment, in a friendly international
university city
- a framework to boost intensive collaborations with the project
partners, but also with other partners at the national and European level
- a competitive salary and social benefits
- a high-quality graduate training in mechanics and/or dynamical systems

HOW TO APPLY

Your application should be sent by e-mail to Renaud Ronsse
([hidden email]), with "PhD position in Rehabilitation
Robotics" as subject. Application should include a motivation letter,
full CV with photograph, list of publications, academic transcripts, and
contact information of two references. Short-listed candidates will be
contacted for a telematic or physical interview.

LINKS

Centre for Research in Mechatronics: http://www.cerem.be
UCLouvain: http://www.uclouvain.be
Louvain-la-Neuve: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvain-la-Neuve
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