Research Associate 

King's College London - Department of Informatics

A Research Associate position is available in the Department of Informatics, King's Collge London to work with Prof Jian S Dai in the EC-European Commission funded project SQUIRREL Clearing Clutter Bit by Bit 

The candidate should have strong expertise in the area of mathematics, kinematics, dynamics, control, robot design and fabrication, particularly robotic hand design with intelligent mechanisms, i.e. metamorphic mechanisms, based on over 10 years development of Metamorphic hands (more details on 

The successful candidate will perform and contribute to research in the following aspects: 

• To design a robotic hand with reconfigurable mechanisms to meet the requirements of functionalities, safety, and flexibility. 
• To implement control algorithms for a robotic system, and develop control strategies and interfaces to integrate it with other robotic systems in ROS. Programming with C++ and Python and the experience with ROS environment are essential. 
• To analyse the kinematics and dynamics of a robotic system with mathematical tools including screw theory, Lie group and Lie algebra. 
• To benchmark or optimize the performance of a robotic hand based on mechanism dimensional synthesis and other criteria. 
• To generate high quality journal and conference publications. 
• A PhD degree in Mechatronics Engineering or Robotics is a plus. 

This EC-European Commission funded project will be carried out in a consortium of collaborators from academics consisting of Vienna University of Technology, University of Innsbruck, University of Twente, University of Freiburg, University of Bonn, Queen Mary University of London, and from industries including Fraunhofer IPA, Festo Didactic and IDMind. Therefore, you must be a good team worker, able to work collaboratively and independently, with excellent communication and organisational skills. You need to have the ability to present the work effectively at meetings and conferences, be able to communicate with PIs and travel abroad for collaboration. 

The selection process will include a panel interview. 

Interviews are scheduled to be held the week commencing: 09/01/2017 

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Professor Jian Dai via email at You can also find background information at

To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form

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