We are always interested in great people. Skills that are highly sought in prospective lab members are intellectual curiosity and dedication to excellence. Experience in mechatronic/robotic systems design, biosignal processing, experimental design, control of dynamic systems are usually a plus.
We have one opening for a project combining fMRI, EMG, and neuromuscular modeling to study the neural substrates of long-latency responses in humans. Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, movement sciences, or a closely related field are required; solid background and hands-on experience in robotics, biomechanics, neuroscience, and human-subjects experiments are highly preferred. While expertise in all these areas is not necessary, experience in multiple areas is preferred, as is willingness to take part in multidisciplinary research projects. Details on the position and conditions are included here.
We have two positions open for a Fall 2019 start, one on motor control in humans, one on motion control in robots.
For the first position, the incoming student will contribute to our on-going work on studying the neural pathways of feedforward and feedback control using a combination of neuromuscular modeling, fMRI, EMG, and MRI-compatible robotics. A background in a biomedical engineering or related fields is ideal for this position, and some hands-on experience in biosignal processing, neuroscience, and instrumentation are preferred.
For the second position, we are developing lightweight actuation systems for wearable robots, and developing interactive controllers that adjust based on the interaction and desired objective. A background in mechanical engineering or related fields is ideal for this position, and some hands-on experience in mechatronic design, biomechanics, and controls are preferred.
Applicants can apply to either the biomedical, or to the mechanical engineering graduate program at the University of Delaware. If interested in applying to the programs and/or just interested in the HuRo lab, candidates are invited to contact Dr. Fabrizio Sergi via email, including [HuRo PhD opening] in the subject line, and attaching a CV including a brief message describing your background and research interest.
The University of Delaware combines a rich historic legacy in engineering (www.engr.udel.edu) with a commitment to undergraduate education and the creation of new impactful knowledge. Classified as Very High Research Activity University under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University College of Engineering is ranked in the top 60 in the United States. The main campus in Newark, Delaware, provides the amenities of a vibrant college town with convenient access to the major cities of the East Coast.
Undegraduate students: There are several projects currently available at the undergraduate level, in topics such as MR-compatible robotics, motor learning, gait biomechanics. Undergraduate students can work in the lab as part of their independent study project (BME and MechE students) or as winter or summer interns.