Position Opening: Design and Fabrication of Wearable Assistive Robots

Dr. Babak Hejrati is seeking two Ph.D. students to perform research in the exciting and rapidly growing area of wearable robotics and robot-assisted gait rehabilitation. The successful candidates will work on designing, fabricating, and controlling wearable robotics devices that can assist individuals with lower and upper extremities impairments. Such robotic devices can also be used to enhance human performance through power augmentation (e.g., wearable exoskeleton) and training (e.g., virtual reality and simulators). One project involves developing a fully portable upper-extremity exoskeleton that will assist users with daily activities. The other project is concerned with creating an intelligent biofeedback system to enable home- and community-based gait training. Both projects require great hands-on skills to conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and interpret the results.

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent hands-on skills and ability to conduct experiments
  • Solid background in mechanical design using CAD software such as SolidWorks, fabrication, and control
  • Strong programming skills in Matlab and C/C++
  • Background in mechatronic systems and programming microcontrollers
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills in English
  • Hardworking, independent, and self-motivated

To apply, contact Dr. Hejrati (babak.hejrati@maine.edu) with a single pdf file including:

  • Cover letter describing background, experience, and motivation
  • CV and sample publications
  • Transcripts of the applicant’s bachelor and/or master studies.