05/04/2021

PhD position on human-exoskeleton interaction

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringDesign engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/06/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Permanent
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/07/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research Group is looking for a PhD student to work on the KARMA project. The core technology behind this project is a dynamic 4D CT scanning system for the non‐invasive, in‐vivo assessment of human skeletal structures and soft tissues in real‐time movement, which has been developed in-house. From these 4D CT scans we want to gain insight into the deformation of soft tissues under forces applied by robotic exoskeletons. We also want to use these data to guide the design of human-exoskeleton interfaces (cuffs, straps etc.) and improve their safety, ergonomy and effectiveness by using them as inputs for human centered design approaches.

Work description

As a PhD student working on the Karma project, you will fulfill following duties:

  • Design prototypes of exoskeleton interfaces (cuffs, braces, straps etc.)
  • Perform tests with human test subjects
  • Process and analyze objective and subjective data
  • Relate biomechanical data to engineering solutions

As a member of the R&MM research group, you will be part of one of Europe’s leading robotics research centers, working with over 50 researchers in a creative environment with state-of-the-art lab equipment.

Within the KARMA project, you will also work together closely with researchers in the medical field (radiology) and in biomechanics.

More Information

Benefits

You will be offered a full-time contract depending on your competences and previous relevant work experience.

At the VUB, you are guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career. Additionally, you will enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation and group insurance with guaranteed income;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
  • Ecocheques;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • You have experience in prototype design (3D CAD) and programming.
  • You have an interest in and/or are willing to learn about human biomechanics and medical imaging.
  • Fluent in English: you must demonstrate your ability to express yourself in English, both written and spoken.
  • Fluency in Dutch is a plus.
  • You are self-motivated, reliable and result-oriented.
  • You are communicative: you are able to discuss openly about technical matters.

Specific Requirements

You hold a Master’s degree in Engineering with specialization in a relevant field, and have a strong academic education record (top 20% in study group).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Brubotics (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Belgium
Brussels
Pleinlaan 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 623496

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