PhD Studentship: Soft and Stiffness-Controllable Robots

Queen Mary University of London

Project Details:  Fully funded PhD studentship – Soft Robotics @ ARQ, Queen Mary University of London

Centre for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ), Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Applications are invited for one fully-funded PhD studentship in the Centre for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ). The studentship is funded for 3 years; this includes a bursary at the current RCUK doctoral stipend levels and tuition fees. UK/EU candidates and international candidates will be considered.

The PhD studentship is offered in the area of soft robotics. This PhD will build on our previous work in the area of soft and stiffness-controllable robots. The studentship offers the opportunity to engage in scientific collaboration within an ambitious, multi-disciplinary team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to create soft robotic systems using our high-end fabrication facilities. Opportunities to produce and disseminate original research contributions will be provided.

You should have a good Bachelors or ideally Masters in an Engineering discipline, Mathematics or Physics. Preferably, you have a background in robotics, CAD, mechanisms and/or programming. We hope that you will be available to start work on this PhD project as soon as possible.

In the first instance please contact Professor Kaspar Althoefer by email (, with your CV and transcript. Put “Soft Robotics PhD at ARQ” in the subject line. Applications will be assessed as they arrive and, if appropriate, we will contact applicants to discuss matters further.

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

ARQ – Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS

United Kingdom

QMUL Research Studentship Details

  • Available to Home/EU Applicants.
  • Full Time programme only
  • Applicant required to start in March 2017
  • The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend (£16,296 in 2016/17) for up to three years.
  • The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
  • If English is not your first language then you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6 in wriitng and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking). 

Supervisor Contact Details: For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Professor Kaspar Althoefer Tel: 020 7882 3419 E-mail:

Application Method: To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Mechanical Engineering programme (Full Time, Semester 2 start) please follow the instructions detailed in section 3 of the following webpage:

Further Guidance available via:

Please be sure to include a reference to ‘2017 SEMS KAA to associate your application with this studentship opportunity.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017

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