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Postdoctoral Scholar in Materials Science and Engineering

Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania
Other Science Faculty

Job Number: REQ_0000014413


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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct fundamental research in the area of bio-inspired robotics.

The candidate should have extensive experience in the areas of robotics, controls, locomotion mechanism, and device testing and evaluation. A successful candidate should have a strong background in understanding bio-inspired mechanisms and their experimental implementation. Responsibilities in this position will include providing support in the design of bio-inspired robotic locomotion mechanisms for rumen environment and generating CAD models for building the robot and different articulating joint mechanisms. Candidates should also be able to participate and propose novel designs of target seeking, obstacle avoidance, and localization aspects of the robot as well as implement closed-loop control and autonomous trajectory planning strategies for robot locomotion.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the ongoing projects on implantable robot development for monitoring the health of animals. The candidate will conduct advanced studies on the development of dynamic locomotion and station-keeping mechanisms in a constrained environment. Prior research experiences in designing and evaluating controllers for high precision robots will be highly valuable. A strong experience in using computational tools and simulations to design the hydrodynamics and sensorimotor functions is beneficial. The candidate will be actively collaborating with multiple academic and industry team members and thus good communication skills are desired. The candidate is expected to participate in the development of project reports and proposals and thus good technical writing skills are highly desired.

The bio-inspired robotics research is conducted at the Energy and Environmental Laboratory Building at the Penn State University Park campus. It is expected that applicants will have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field by the effective date of employment.

This position is funded for one year from the date of hire with possibility for renewal.

To apply, applicants must include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references.

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

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