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11-29-2010, 06:15 PM
PhD Position: Multimodal Upper Limb Assistance in Patients with
Neurological Motor Deficits

Hocoma is the leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing
of robotic therapy devices for medical rehabilitation. Within the
MUNDUS (MUltimodal Neuroprosthesis for Daily Upper limb Support) EU
project, a highly modular framework is being developed to assist
patients with upper extremity motor deficits due to neurodegenerative
diseases or high-level spinal cord injury. Assistive components
include a portable exoskeleton to compensate for the weight of the
arm, functional electrical stimulation for arm and hand, and a robotic
wrist/hand actuation. The assistance will be controlled by
intention-detection algorithms for which a range of modalities will be
investigated: intelligent objects, surface EMG, head/gaze tracking,
and/or a brain computer interface.

In this context ETH Zurich and Hocoma are offering a PhD Position in
the field of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
focusing on the "Integration and control of a Multimodal Assistive
Device for Upper Limb Support of Patients with neurological motor
deficits".

The focus of this project is to design and implement a portable
exoskeleton by interacting with the development department at Hocoma
and project partners at ETH Zurich, as well as in Austria, Germany,
and Italy. Within your studies you will develop an integrated, modular
control concept for the assistive MUNDUS platform and explore the
application of these novel technologies also to upper extremity
rehabilitation research.

Your main work will be carried out at Hocoma, while the scientific
guidance and PhD administration will be accompanied by the
Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at ETH Zurich headed by Professor Roger
Gassert in collaboration with the Neuroprosthesis Control Group
(Professor Silvestro Micera) at the Automatic Control Lab at ETH
Zurich.

Your profile
We are looking for candidates with an MSc degree in Mechanical
Engineering, Mechatronics, or a related discipline, with solid
knowledge in control systems (experience with real-time
hardware-in-the-loop systems is a plus) and basic knowledge in
electronics. Furthermore, specific experience in mechanical design
(CAD) would be a plus.
If you are an integrative personality with good communication skills
(fluent in English, German is preferable) and willing to push on this
interesting project with your independent working style, we are
looking forward to your application.

How to contact us
For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Alexander
Duschau-Wicke, Product Manager at Hocoma, Tel. +41 (0)43 444 22 00,
Email: alexander.duschau-wicke@hocoma.com

Please send your complete application with a photo to: Hocoma AG,
Human Resources, Industriestrasse 4, CH-8604 Volketswil or via e-mail
to personal@hocoma.com

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