Postdoc Position: Control of a powered knee prosthesis

Postdoc Position: Control of a powered knee prosthesis

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20 Jul 15 Sep Enschede

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Job description

We are looking for a talented scientist in the field of wearable robotics.  So far trans-femoral (above knee) amputees only have limited choices for knee prosthesis, either   lightweight non-motorized devices or heavy motorized devices. A knee prosthesis, which is lightweight and can provide active support, is not yet commercially available. This is largely due to technological challenges in design and control algorithms.

To push the technology limits further, the Reboocon group has developed a motorized prosthetic knee. The hardware specification is superior to existing devices. Now the control algorithms have to be further developed.

The goal of this research is to develop algorithms, which enable amputees wearing powered knee prostheses to achieve functional mobility. By implementing bio-inspired control algorithms, we hope that amputees can gain more natural, symmetrical, and efficient gait. The work involve human intention detection, sensor data fusion and classification, control algorithms and possibly machine learning and artificial intelligence.

A private company funds this research. An invention, confidentiality and non-compete clause will be part of the postdoc contract.


University of Twente (UT)


We are seeking candidates that hold a PhD in robotics, (bio)mechatronics, biomedical engineering or a related field of expertise. You preferably have experience in engineering and in realising complete systems.

As a researcher we expect you to be inventive and result oriented. You are a conceptual thinker and need excellent collaboration and communication skills. You keep yourself updated on the latest developments in your field of expertise and you stay in touch with your network. In particular we are looking for a candidate with relevant experience in controller development of wearable robots, especially in lower-limb prosthesis control; who has thorough understanding of multi-rigid body dynamics and human gait(biomechanics and dynamics of walking), who is experienced with dynamic system simulation and modelling, who is proficient in C/C++ programming, who is fluent in English, and who would like to pursue a career in one of the Reboocon companies after postdoc track. 

Information and application
Questions regarding this positions can be directed to Herman van der Kooij, PhD (Professor), phone: +31-53-484779, email:

Department website:

Please send your application with c.v. (including contact information for at least two academic references) and transcripts from your PhD degree as a SINGLE PDF file before September 15, 2017, through the link below.

Conditions of employment

The University of Twente offers a stimulating and inspiring work environment in a large international scientific community. As a researcher, you will be offered an employment contract for the duration of 12 months with a possible extension to two years. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary will range from € 3.111,- to  € 4757,- and will depend on experience and qualifications. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, an 8% holiday allowance, and an 8,3% end of year bonus.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE, and IGS.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3111—€4757 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 921530


University of Twente (UT)

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