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01-29-2008, 07:35 PM
2 Ph.D. student vacancies in the ReflexLeg project concerning ‘Intelligent transfemoral prostheses’ with energy-efficient actuation and natural bidirectional control interfacing.

At the University of Twente two Ph.D. student positions are available in the research project ReflexLeg, granted by the Dutch Technology Foundation STW. The project concerns the design of new concepts for leg prostheses, and involves intelligent and energy-efficient actuation and natural bidirectional control interfacing for transfemoral prostheses.

This research project is performed by the following collaborating research groups:
* Biomedical Signals and Systems (BSS), focusing on research in the area of neural engineering, including biomechatronics and rehabilitation engineering (http://bss.ewi.utwente.nl/)
* Biomechanical Engineering (BE), focusing on research in the area of biomechanics, prostheses and rehabilitation robotics (http://www.bw.ctw.utwente.nl/)
* Control Engineering (CE), focusing on robotics and mechatronics, dynamic modeling and control (http://www.ce.utwente.nl/)
* Roessingh Research and Development (RRD): research department of the rehabilitation center ‘het Roessingh’ in Enschede, the Netherlands (http://www.rrd.nl)


Ph.D. 1: bi-directional control interface for transfemoral prostheses
Investigate, design and evaluate a bi-directional control interface for transfemoral prosthetic users that is naturally integrated with reflex loops of the body. This interface should provide adequate observability and controllability of the prosthesis by the user.
Required qualifications:
Master in Electrical or Biomedical Engineering, expertise in advanced (biomedical) instrumentation, signal and systems analysis, and design.
Vacancy number 08/029.

Ph.D. 2: adjustable and energy-efficient passive actuation for transfemoral prostheses
Investigate, design and evaluate an adjustable and energy-efficient passive actuation system for transfemoral prostheses that allows energy transfer between knee and ankle joints and that can be modulated by control inputs from the body.
Required qualifications:
Master in Electrical, Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, expertise in systems and control engineering, robotics and design.
Vacancy number 08/033.

We offer these positions in an inspiring and challenging environment in which research and education are closely related. As a Ph.D. candidate you will have a fulltime position for a total period of maximally four years. Based on an assessment after one year, your contract will be extended with another three years. Your salary is in accordance with the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch universities. The gross monthly salary for a Ph.D. starts at € 2000,- and increases yearly according to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. In addition, we offer a broad package of extra benefits.

Information and application
For information about the first position you can contact Prof.dr.ir. Peter H. Veltink, for the second position you can contact Prof.dr.ir. Bart Koopman or Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli. You are invited to send an application before 1 March 2008 including a full CV, specifying relevant education and work experience, publications, possibly with references, preferably by email. Mention the vacancy number.

Contact information:
Prof.dr.ir. Peter H. Veltink
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands
Phone +31-53-4892765,
p.h.veltink@utwente.nl

Prof.dr.ir. Bart Koopman
Faculty of Engineering Technology
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands
Phone +31-53-4892465
h.f.j.m.koopman@utwente.nl

Prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands
Phone +31-53-4892794
s.stramigioli@uwente.nl