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Wanted: Post-doctoral fellow on human-in-the-loop control strategies for wearable robots

Work environment

BruBotics is the Brussels Human Robotics Research Center of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 8 research groups strive together to improve the quality of life and working conditions of people through Human Robotics. BruBotics uniquely combines expertise on robotics, AI, rehabilitation sciences, movement sciences, social sciences, retail marketing, ageing and eHealth and is as such one of the only truly interdisciplinary robotics research centers in Europe. Together with industrial and societal partners we strive to take the next step in Human Robotics by breaking boundaries.

The Robotics research group (VUB-imec) studies different aspects of human-robot collaboration such as safety, ergonomics, reinforcement learning and task allocation. The group has built a large international collaboration network with a wide variety of academic institutions, industrial partners and R&D centers, and participates in numerous fundamental, strategic and applied research projects in these domains.

IMPACT programme

The Robotics and MultiBody Mechanics Research Group (prof. Bram Vanderborght, prof. Dirk Lefeber, prof. Tom Verstraten) is looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop human-in-the-loop control strategies for active lower-limb prostheses and exoskeletons. The ideal candidate has experience in the control of bionic prostheses and exoskeletons, preferably with a background in (human-in-the-loop) optimization algorithms or adaptive control algorithms.

The postdoc position is subject to a successful application for an imπACT fellowship (https://impact-fellowship.eu/). This is a 2-year research and training programme fostering impact development and entrepreneurship skills through research. To apply, you will need to write a 7-page project proposal, for which you will receive advice and support from R&MM’s senior research staff.

During the fellowship, postdoctoral fellows will receive extensive training in impact development and entrepreneurship. At the start of the fellowship, the fellows will participate in 12 starter seminars, which introduce researchers to the basic principles of entrepreneurship. There will also be 5 specific programme events that will coach the postdocs on impact case development starting from their own research results, a one-week training, and 4 workshops dedicated to social entrepreneurship and social enterprises.
Postdoctoral fellows will also be expected to perform a secondment at Axiles Bionics, a Brussels-based company developing bionic prostheses. The secondment will deliver concrete and valuable insights regarding impact development and creation, and will open up a new network of non-academic contacts

Remuneration

Each postdoctoral fellow receives a 2-year grant with a net salary of approximately €2.200-€2.500, depending on years of experience, and a mobility allowance of €200. Additionally, a one-time €500 travel allowance for the initial travel from the home country to the host institution is foreseen as well as in costs related to health and work insurance.

 

Interested?

The application should be jointly sent to:
Prof. Dr. Ir. Bram Vanderborght
Email: Bram.Vanderborght@vub.be
Web: www.brubotics.eu

Prof.dr.ir. Tom Verstraten
Email: tom.verstraten@vub.be

 

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