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Postdoc - Plant Biomechanics, Product Development and Robotics (Moscow, ID)

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  • Postdoc - Plant Biomechanics, Product Development and Robotics (Moscow, ID)

    The Ag-MEQ laboratory seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow with biomechanical engineering skills that can be applied to analyze complex biological systems. We seek engineers who are good at communicating across disciplines, and who see themselves thriving in a highly collaborative environment. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientist and researchers as part of a 6 million-dollar NSF research award. Current research projects within Ag-MEQ laboratory are numerous and diverse and include both theoretical and empirical studies in engineering biomechanics and interdisciplinary design. Past projects include nonlinear finite element studies, biomaterial characterization, sensor development, design of agricultural machinery and development of experimental prototypes for agronomist and plant scientist. Previous projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation, The United States Department of Agriculture, NASA and corporate partners.

    Minimum Qualifications
    PhD in mechanical, biological or agricultural engineering or a closely related engineering discipline
    Record of accomplishment that demonstrates oral and written communication skills
    Experience in product development, design and robotics

    Preferred Qualifications
    Experienced with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Pic32, pcb design
    Experienced in MATLAB code development
    Background in biomechanics / advanced solid mechanics / large deflection analysis
    Experienced in nonlinear finite element analysis
    DIY attitude with prior making and product development experience
    Proven ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students

    Job Description
    The successful applicant will serve as a postdoctoral scholar working full time under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Robertson in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He or she will be responsible for mentoring several undergraduate and graduate M.S. student projects. In addition, the fellow will also be responsible for creating high quality publications and conducting research in the area of plant biomechanics, agricultural engineering and robotics. Experience in product development, compliant mechanism design, large deflection analysis and advanced solid mechanics is desired. The fellow will be expected to develop several portable electro-mechanical systems to measure physical properties of field grown plants (e.g., wheat, rice maize etc.). In general, these responsibilities are to be carried out throughout the semesters of the appointment, including times when classes are not in session, but not including days when the University is closed. The position includes retirement and health benefits. For more information about the lab and current projects visit

    The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, Idaho, only eight miles from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, providing an academically and culturally rich community. Moscow is a friendly mid-sized community on the rolling hills of the Palouse, with great parks, bike paths, restaurants, farmers market and fantastic opportunities for recreation in the adjacent mountains and rivers. For more information about the University of Idaho and Moscow, go to, and

    Application Instructions
    Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Robertson via email or phone 208-885-7889. Applications can be sent to Dr. Robertson via email and should include a resume / CV and a cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications.