PhD Position (TVL E13, 75%) in Printable, Flexible and Stretchable Artificial Electronic Skin for Robots, Prostheses and Monitoring at Technical University of Munich and the University of Tokyo, Japan

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11.07.2017, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The project aims at linking the activities and infrastructures on modularized artificial electrical skin developed at the TUM Chair for Cognitive Systems with the expertise of Prof. Someya (University of Tokyo, Japan, TUM-IAS Hans-Fischer Senior Fellow) on printed flexible and stretchable electronics.

Project Description:

Artificial electrical skin has been developed and successfully applied in numerous robotic applications. Such technology is devoted to mimic the human skin’s “sense of touch” to increase the safety of robots, to extend their capabilities (HRI, complex control and behaviors), and to realize prostheses or health and fitness monitoring. Current artificial electrical skin systems use standard electronics on standard rigid PCB modules. Flexible and stretchable interconnections between these modules offer only limited flexibility and stretchability. This constrains applications scenarios and renders the production of skin complex and expensive.

The present project aims at linking the activities and infrastructures on modularized artificial electrical skin developed at the TUM Chair for Cognitive Systems with the expertise of Prof. Someya (University of Tokyo, Japan, TUM-IAS Hans-Fischer Senior Fellow) on printed flexible and stretchable electronics. To work towards this goal, the project targets a network of fully printed unit-cells integrating printed sensors and specific circuitry to gather information and transmit it to neighbors. A large number of connected cells form a cell network and determine and transmit touch information across large areas. Printed electronics offer inherent advantages to the development of artificial electrical skin such as flexibility, lightness and ultra-cost effectiveness.
The scope of the project is merging two expertise in modularized artificial electrical skin systems which includes successful robotic applications and in printed flexible and stretchable electronics to develop a new generation of artificial electrical skin with to date unmatched features and properties.
The candidate will join a vibrant and multidisciplinary research team and will contribute significantly in the joint project of two leading research institutes to develop a new generation of artificial electrical skin. These contributions will incorporate interesting tasks and challenges in engineering and research.

Your profile:

We are looking for excellent applicants with a full university Diploma/Master degree in Electrical Engineering and extensive knowledge in electronic circuit and electronic system design. Knowledge in integrating sensors in complex systems, in developing multilayer PCB designs, and in integrating microcontroller systems is a must. We expect applicants being motivated to carry out internationally leading research where fluent English communication skills and the ability to work in teams are basic requirements. As the joint project is led by research institutes based in Germany and Japan, applicants should show willingness to travel and to spend time in the partner lab in Japan. It is desirable that applicants have, additionally to the above mentioned mandatory requirements, basic background in printed flexible and stretchable electronics, robotics, and knowledge in C++ and ROS.
The starting date is October 1, 2017.

Our offer:
• A stimulating working environment and joining a motivated, international and interdisciplinary research team
• The full integration in an international joint research project and the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology in the field of printed electronics and artificial electrical skin
• Spend some time in Prof. Someya’s Organic Transistor Lab in Japan
• The PhD position is funded with a salary in accordance to TV-L E13. The contract will be limited to 36 months
• The PhD position will be accompanied by an enrollment in the TUM Graduate School
• TUM is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification

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The Technical University of Munich aims to hire more people with disabilities and encourages them to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment if qualifications are by and large equal. Furthermore, Technical University of Munich seeks to increase the number of women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Therefore, we particularly encourage qualified women to apply.

Please send your application (PDF files) including a motivation letter, CV, grades, list of publications and relevant certificates by email to Prof. Gordon Cheng, info@ics.ei.tum.de
Deadline is August 15, 2017.

Kontakt: info@ics.ei.tum.de


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