Scientific Internship: Soft Robotic Matter platform

Date posted January 17, 2017
Type Scientific Internships

The Soft Robotic Matter group at AMOLF is looking for interns that will work at the interface between (tunable) architected materials and soft robotics, in an effort to develop robotic materials that can autonomously adapt to the environment and/or that show emergent, complex behavior. Depending on the background and interest of the student, the work will range from numerical analysis (e.g. Finite Element Analysis) and analytical modeling to proof-of-concept experiments at the macro-scale (using e.g. additive manufacturing). In collaboration with various facilities at AMOLF, an important part of the internship will deal with the design and construction of a soft robotic material (incorporating elastomers, sensors and actuators) that will be used as a platform to implement and analyze control principles in materials that could lead to emergent behavior and new functionalities.

About the group

The Soft Robotic Matter group is part of the Designer Matter initiative, a recently started research line at AMOLF. The group focuses on the design, fabrication and fundamental understanding of materials that are capable of autonomously adapting to – and even harnessing – variations in their environment. We aim to uncover principles that help us understand how non-linearity and feedback can result in the emergence of complex – but useful – behavior in soft actuated systems. To this end, the Soft Robotic Matter group explores active and sensing elements to implement feedback capabilities and computation in soft architected materials, and uses a combination of computational, experimental and analytical tools. This line of research uniquely combines concepts from soft robotics and architected materials, providing new and exciting opportunities in the design of compliant structures and devices with highly non-linear behavior.
See also: www.overvelde.com.

Qualifications

The internship is open to students that have completed a Bachelors degree and are enrolled in a Master study. Students from a range of backgrounds can apply, including Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field. The internship must be a mandatory part of your curriculum. You have a nationality of an EU-member state and/or you are a student at a Dutch University. Moreover, you must be available for at least 3 months, but preferably >5 months.The Soft Robotic Matter group is looking for a highly motivated candidate with a go-getter mentality. Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English) are essential.

Terms of employment

At the start of the traineeship your trainee plan will be set out, in consultation with your AMOLF supervisor. A trainee contract will be established, including a small allowance.

Contact info

Dr. ir. Overvelde
Group leader Soft Robotic Matter
E-mail: overvelde@amolf.nl  
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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