18/02/2019

PhD Position in Bioinspired Cellular Variable-Stiffness Textiles for Soft Robots

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Tartu
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryOther
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    PhysicsOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    30/04/2019 16:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Estonia › Tartu
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    02/09/2019

 

We offer a 4-year PhD position in Bioinspired Cellular Variable-Stiffness Textiles for Soft Robots. This project aims to develop a variable-stiffness metamaterial that finds application in wearable textile-integrated solutions for healthcare and medicine. The Doctoral Candidate transfers the stiffness variation mechanisms found in natural cells and tissues to a textile platform. The electrochemically controlled variable-stiffness textile conforms to human bodies and demonstrates high level of safety, enabling devices in direct physical contact to humans.

 

Background

Soft robotics has significantly diversified the robotics scene by introducing actuation, object manipulation, and morphing concepts from nature. The new concepts e.g. touch revolutionize how robots interact with and provide assistance to humans, as well as perform delicate tasks such as surgery. In particular, the compliant physical interactions are essential in healthcare and in minimally invasive medical interventions. The living organisms are known to achieve their compliance by combination of shape-morphing and stiffness modulation actions, inspiring the roboticists.

Who do we look for? 

You have obtained a Master degree in Materials Science, (Applied) Physics, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Biology or similar. You are interested to perform research and have background in experimental and numerical research You are interested to interact and collaborate with other researchers. 

 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
IMS Lab, University of Tartu
Estonia
Tartu
Tartu
50411
Nooruse 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 381001

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