2 PHD positions: Design and Additive Manufacturing Technology for Fabrication of A Hybrid Soft Robotic Heart

2 PHD positions: Design and Additive Manufacturing Technology for Fabrication of A Hybrid Soft Robotic Heart

Published Deadline Location
15 Jan 29 Feb Enschede

Job description

Your project is part of the Holland Hybrid Heart (HHH) consortium, the group that will produce the first ever soft-robotics, hybrid-tissue heart. The HHH consortium is a partnership between Erasmus MC, Eindhoven University of Technology, Amolf, University of Twente, Saxion, Delft University of Technology and several business partners. The consortium was awarded a 10M € grant by the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA), in light of the NWA-ORC-call, in which the HHH ranked 1st out of 15 awarded grants. The HHH consortium aims to do the necessary fundamental research up until the animal trials to produce an artificial heart. The goals for this heart will be that it will be pliable, has a pulsatile flow and has a tissue-engineered lining wherever human blood touches that heart. This project will only be successful if all the brains and talents of our researchers collaborate intensively. We therefore organize ourselves into research teams that aim to accomplish clear, identifiable but challenging goals.

Your task in this project, will be to focus on novel 3D printing techniques of hyperelastic elastomer, and investigate novel moths for integration smart fibers into the printed soft robotic systems. You will aim at engineering and scientific approaches: to propose new tools, printing solutions and materials that can satisfy the required complexity for realization of the soft robotics hybrid heart. The outcome of this project should provide new knowledge and technology that will enable 3D printing of complicated multifunctional soft robots feasible.

Specifications

University of Twente (UT)

Requirements

  • You have MSc. in mechanics, mechatronics, robotics, manufacturing and production, or similar fields.
  • You have visible experimental skills in design, prototyping of robotic systems, mechanisms and machines.
  • You have experience in mechatronics and programming of robotic systems.
  • You have high knowledge and interest in soft robotics.
  • You have good practical knowledge about 3D printing.
  • You display a strong passion to science and exceptional motivation as a researcher.
  • You like dealing with new concepts and doing original research but you are of critical approach to evaluating experimental findings.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You are a great teammate.
  • Since the work will be mostly experimental, experience in the laboratory in any level is appreciated; but experience in additive manufacturing, soft robotic technologies, micro fabrication, mechanisms and robotic systems, and material processing techniques will be considered as an advantage.

Conditions of employment

  • An appointment for 4 years as a PhD researcher.
  • A salary ranging from € 2.770,- gross per month in the first year to € 3.539,- gross per month in the 4th year of your PhD appointment.
  • Terms of employment in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Pension as part of the solid Dutch scheme (ABP).
  • Access to the state-of-art research facilities.
  • Large campus with numerous options for free-of-charge recreational and sport activities.
  • Professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente.

Additional information

Your application should include:
  • A motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation.
  • A detailed CV including, date of birth, English proficiency level, experience overview, publication list (if any), examples of developed robotic projects (if any), copies of relevant publications (if any), and video download links.
  • Contact information for at least two academic references. A support letter will be requested only if your application is considered.
  • An academic transcript of BSc. and MSc. education.

An interview and a scientific presentation will be a part of the selection procedure. Please apply before February 29, 2024, via the provided button.

For more information about the position please feel free to contact Dr. Ali Sadeghi, a.sadeghi@utwente.nl

The first round of Interviews will be held in the last week of March.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1613

Employer

University of Twente (UT)

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Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, Enschede

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Make sure to apply no later than 29 Feb 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).