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2 x PhD Studentships - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (ESR3) in Dexterous sensorized self-healing soft robot manipulation and (ESR4) in Soft sensing of low-cost manipulation robots in domestic environment

Two positions exist, for PhD students/Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to work with Dr Fumiya Iida on the EC-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Soft Self-responsive Smart Materials for Robots - ( SMART) Innovative Training Network (ITN).

SMART is a joint venture between academia and industry, providing scientific and personal development of young researchers in the multidisciplinary fields of soft robotics and smart materials.

The postholders will be located at the Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.

The aim of the projects is: -to obtain a detailed understanding of the manufacturing processes of self-healing and electrically conductive materials (multi-material additive manufacturing) -to develop novel designs of soft robotic grippers with embedded sensing -to develop control methods for motion/force control and healing process structural health monitoring with autonomous self-healing scheduling -to integrate the above in a soft robotic demonstrator

Skills: Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) a masters degree (or equivalent) in natural science or engineering with a high II.i Honours or international equivalent. Applicants must have knowledge in control of soft robots and advanced knowledge of FEM, matlab, ROS,robot experimentation. Applicants must also demonstrate personal initiative, reliability, responsibility, teamwork and communication skills

Applicants must be willing to comply with EC's mobility requirements for ITN ESRs, and must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years.

Salary: Living and mobility allowances €3870 per month + additional allowance dependent on eligibility

Applicants must, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree, be able and willing to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment and when participating in secondments. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.

Applications should be submitted by 30 June 2020 via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal, with Dr Iida identified as the potential supervisor.

Applicants should also complete a Chris/6 form and forward it to Rachel Fogg,, by 6 July 2020.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.