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  • Open PhD position, Northern Arizona Engineering, Flagstaff AZ, USA

    Dr. Sharif Razavian’s Lab
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Northern Arizona University

    About the Position

    We have one open position for a PhD student to work on projects related to physical human-robot interaction, human sensorimotor neuroscience, and rehabilitation engineering. Briefly, the goal of this project is to develop mathematical models for the human neuromuscular system (healthy and impaired) and employ the model to control robots that interacts with human, such as a rehabilitation robot. Visits our lab’s website to learn more about our projects.

    The position is fully funded and is open immediately. The anticipated start date is Jan 2023 or shortly after.

    • Curiosity
    • Eagerness to learn
    • Self-motivation
    • Knowledge in advanced dynamics and control. Familiarity with advanced control (optimal, nonlinear, or adaptive control) is a plus.
    • Programming fluency. We do our modeling in Matlab and/or python; C++ for robot control.
    • Hands-on experience with hardware. We build stuff; our hands are always dirty.
    How to apply
    If you are interested, please fill out this form and send your CV and transcripts by Oct 31, 2022. Optional: If you have your Statement of Purpose, send that as well, and if do not have it ready yet, please write a paragraph or two on why you are interested in working with us.

    About the lab
    We are a highly interdisciplinary group of researchers that seek to bridge the fields of robotics, neuroscience, and biomechanics. Our research in robotics and human movements are tightly intertwined. We take the latest theories in sensorimotor neuroscience and biomechanics to develop human-like controllers for robots. Reciprocally, we also use theories from robotics and control to uncover human motor intelligence.

    We embrace diversity in all forms. Everyone with all backgrounds and identities is welcome in our lab. We especially encourage underrepresented persons to apply. We also seek scientific diversity. Engineers, scientist, neuroscientists, medics, and kinesiologist, if you think you can contribute to our team, we welcome you.

    What you give to the lab
    You are expected to engage in one or more ongoing research projects in the lab and collaborate with other students and faculty (we are a highly collaborative group).

    What you gain in the lab
    Upon graduation from our lab, you will have all the following transferable expertise:
    • Controls
    • Multibody dynamics
    • Robotics theory
    • Mechatronic systems design and control
    • Scientific programming
    • Data analysis
    • Statistics
    and will be knowledgeable in the areas of:
    • Physical human-robot interaction
    • Biomechanics
    • Sensorimotor neuroscience
    • Rehabilitation engineering

    The position is fully funded, which includes competitive salary, health insurance benefits, and a tuition waiver.

    About Northern Arizona University
    NAU is classified as an R2 university (doctorate-granting with high research activity) by Carnegie Classification. NAU is home to more than 28k students. Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts one of the most successful graduate programs at NAU, offering master’s and PhD programs.

    About Flagstaff, AZ
    NAU's main campus is located in the beautiful city of Flagstaff, AZ, right at the edge of the Grand Canyon and within minutes from the popular city of Sedona. Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

    With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.