The Research Engineer position is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology, Advanced Robotics and Control Laboratory at Vanderbilt University.
The Research Engineer will be required to provide a substantial contribution to our ongoing effort in developing a human augmentation technology. The Research Engineer is expected to be professional in developing mathematical models of dynamical systems, simulate the behavior of these systems, and write technical reports that are publishable in top conferences and journals in the field of robotics and biomechanics (IEEE ICRA, IEEE TRO, IEEE TNSRE). The Research Engineer will prepare weekly progress reports, develop mathematical models for human augmentation devices, and contribute to the practical realization of these devices. The Research Engineer will report directly to the Head of the Advanced Robotics and Control Laboratory.
The Mechanical Engineering department provides a broad-based engineering education with opportunities for students to elect courses in areas of study related to any industry and, with careful planning achieve some specialization. The mechanical engineering program prepares an individual to become a practicing engineer who can participate fully in the engineering activities of design, building, operation, production, maintenance, safety, marketing, sales, research, and administration. Numerous research projects allow faculty and students to collaborate in areas of combustion and propulsion, robotic surgery, powered prosthetics, nanotechnology, thermal fluids and medical devices.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop mathematical models of robots, human augmentation devices, and augmented humans
Analytically investigate the behavior of these models
Numerically simulate the behavior of these models
Contribute to the practical implementation of the research findings, in particular, develop and implement electronic feedback controllers
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
Bachelors in engineering, physics or product development necessary
Specific experience or skill is strongly preferred
Two years of research experience in robotics/physics
Experience with variable stiffness actuation is a definite advantage
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
About Vanderbilt Benefits
Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.