Research Associate

University of Bath - Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is recruiting a Research Associate to lead the software and control development of a mechatronic lower-leg prosthesis under the ACTIPh (Innovate UK funded) project.

ACTIPh – Additively Constructed Transtibial Prosthesis – is a collaboration between: the University of Bath; a leading manufacturer of prosthetics; and a leading manufacturer of servo valve and motion control systems. The consortium have built a state-of-the-art lower-leg prosthesis. The project will develop algorithms that use the on-board sensing to control timing and power delivery to the device in order to maximise user comfort and mobility.

The background of the successful candidate is likely to lie in a broad range of mechatronic system, control, robotics and programming. Experience/motivation prosthetics; human or machine legged locomotion; biomechanics of walking; hydraulic systems; and human-machine interaction would be advantageous.

The Associate will also work closely with the Department for Health and in particular the Applied Biomechanics Lab, to use biomechanical data (motion capture and  force plates) to validate and improve the control algorithm.

Applicants should possess a PhD degree or an equivalent experience or qualification in a subject area of direct relevance for the project and have research experience. Applicants must have experience in the control of robotic systems, programming, and sensor data integration. Experience or motivation in any combination of the following would be beneficial: prosthetics; human or machine legged locomotion; biomechanics of walking; and human-machine interaction. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess project management and technical communication skills. Ability to carry out interdisciplinary research will be crucial.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis with an expected expiry date of 31 December 2018.

The University of Bath holds Bronze Award for Athena SWAN scheme, which promotes gender equality among all disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. 

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Dr Pejman Iravani ( or Prof Andrew Plummer (

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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