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PhD position - Soft Mechatronics

You will work in the Robotics and Mechatronics group at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands, in close collaboration with the research group in …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2266 - € 2897 per maand


You will work in the Robotics and Mechatronics group at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands, in close collaboration with the research group in Human Media Interaction (HMI), as well as the Design Lab. The Robotics and Mechatronics group has a strong focus and track record on modelling, simulation and rapid manufacturing of mechatronic and robotic systems, see www.ram.ewi.utwente.nl to get an impression of the scope of projects currently worked on. This PhD position will be part of H2020 project WEAFING which (at the UT side) is internalised as close collaboration between the HMI group (1 Phd student) and RaM group (1 Phd student) and 1 postdoc. The DesignLab will act as catalyser and hub, enabling a user centered iterative design research approach.

You are fascinated by robotics and would like to play a part in a future where robots become wearable co-bots, systems that augment or enhance body motor functions, giving tangible feedback in a more natural way than the current widely used vibro-tactile actuators. The next generation of robotic exoskeletons will be a combination of stiff but flexible structural elements as well as flexible, soft-robotic acturators that follow the motions of- and adapt to- the body of the wearer.

In the project WEAFING the design and production of a novel type of textile electro-active polymer based actuators is central. The intended (first) application will be haptic stimulation.

The assignment for this PhD project on soft-mechatronics will be the modelling, design and control of these newly developed actuators. First iterations of these actuators will be available at the start, but the models and designs need to be kept in sync with the textile actuators as they are being developed during the project. Also substitues, and alternatives need to be investigated as benchmark for the designs to come. In the course of the project the focus will shift towards embedded control optimised for wearable use.


You have a background in mechatronics, electrical or (bio)mechanical engineering, or in a closely related discipline. You have strong communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English. You are enthusiastic, and highly motivated to do a PhD. Programming experience and experience with simulation tools (matlab) are a prerequisite. Affiliation with design research methods (UxD, UcD) and/or wearable technology are a plus.


Applications are possible till December 31, 2018 and should include the following documents:

  • A motivation letter describing why you want to apply for this position.
  • Description of your research interests.
  • A detailed CV.
  • Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
  • Email addresses of at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

An interview with a scientific presentation will be part of the interview process. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.


We offer a very challenging fulltime position for four years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from € 2266,- in the first year to € 2897,- in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.