This research position focuses on the mechatronic design, development and characterization of electromagnetically actuated legged robots for applied biomechanical locomotion research.
a 3 year funded PhD candidate position, conducting research on bioinspired legged robot locomotion.
This position focuses on the mechatronic design, development and characterization of electromagnetically actuated legged robots for applied legged locomotion research.
Applying legged robots allows us to understand the contribution of individual components of dynamic locomotion.
Specifically, we are looking at high level locomotion control, intermediate and low level locomotion pattern generation, and contributions due to leg, foot and trunk design. Our research also prepares the foundation for robotic legged machines, i.e. in future search and rescue scenarios.
The Dynamic Locomotion Group is a young Max Planck Research Group, at the Institute for Intelligent Systems on the campus Stuttgart in Germany.
We offer an excellent research infrastructure, national and international interdisciplinary cooperation possibilities also with experts from Biology and Biomechanics, i.e. MPI IS campus Tübingen, RVC in London.
DLG is participating at the structured PhD program of the new International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS-IS), in collaboration with University of Stuttgart and Tübingen University. Once accepted, PhD candidates are encouraged to join IMPRS-IS.
Salary will be based on previous experience according to TVöD guidelines. An initial PhD cand. contract will be offered for 3 years. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.
The ideal candidate should have
- A background in Electrical, Mechatronic, Mechanical, Micro-electrical engineering, or closely related,
- Excellent grades and analytical skills,
- Prior knowledge with 4q motor control, brushless motors, actuator and sensor networks,
- Peer-reviewed, scientific publications,
- Hands-on experience or participation in hardware projects, i.e. control of high performance actuator systems i.e. brushless motors, actuator design, real-time systems, sensor design and fusion, firmware implementation, sensor networks, control and communication networks, power systems, or similar.
- A Masters (or equivalent) degree from a recognized university.
- Strong interest in scientific work.
- Proficient oral and written English skills.
- Interest in legged locomotion in robots and animals.
Inquiries can be sent to Alexander Spröwitz firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Candidates should send the following documents as pdf files by email to email@example.com . Please prepare compact files, or provide a link to an online repository.
Please state reference “DLG-phd-research-position-2018-02” in the email subject.
- Motivation letter. Please explain your interest in this research position.
- CV. Include potential publications.
- Transcripts of relevant degrees in English.
- Contact information of three references.
- Documents or links to documents of previous relevant projects, i.e. semester or Masters project.
- Indicate your date of availability.
No fixed deadline, the position will remain open until the ideal candidate is found.
Alexander Spröwitz, Dr. Sc.
Dynamic Locomotion Group
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 689 3499