Openings available @ Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University is opening a new Lab in Assistive Robotics and ExoSuits . We are recruiting from July 2019 several research and technical positions.

The goal of the ARIES Lab at Heidelberg University is to intake human healthcare and human assistance with new robotic paradigms contemplating design of new mechanisms, devices and control schemes for rehabilitation and human augmentation. 

Multiple PhD positions available in Soft Exoskeleton for Upper/Lower Limb Assistance/Augmentation at Heidelberg University (Germany)

We seek for motivated students to work on a multidisciplinary project merging two main expertise in Robotics and smart clothing design. The goal is to continue the program on wearable exoskeletons for human assistance/augmentation, improving the generation of actuators based on tendon driven transmission integrated in the textiles and implementing new model based controllers.
The long goal is to create a portable wearable Exosuits that assist or augments people with disabilities and increase human productivity in industrial applications, by providing assistance and reducing metabolic expenditure.

The candidate will be enrolled in a vibrant and multidisciplinary environment and she/he will be asked to join the team working on the project by providing inputs and improvements in the design and characterization of the device, for both the technological counterpart and the research related to smart wearable textiles. More specifically we aim at designing a new kind of device made by intelligent garments which will embed wearable instrumentations such as conductive materials, electromyography and biosignal sensors in general, and will allow to have a product based on high tech solutions, simplicity and superior ergonomics compared on pre-existing works.

Your profile: We are looking for excellent applicants with a Bachelor or Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Materials Science or Physics, who are motivated to carry out internationally leading research.

Knowledge in one or more of the following topics is mandatory: Robotics and Mechatronics, Control Design, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), structural mechanics, Biomechanics and Model Based Control, applied computing and applied artificial intelligence.

What we are offering: The PhD positions are fully funded with a competitive salary (tuition fee is covered by Heidelberg). You will be part of a highly motivated, international team at one of the most competitive universities in Europe and in the world. Besides working in our growing, ambitious team you will also have the chance to collaborate with numerous team across the world, clinical institutions, other labs and industrial partners co-funding the project.

Intakes: PhD starting date from July 2019.

Application: Please contact at first Prof Lorenzo MASIA for further info by email (, mentioning your background an stating your motivation in no more than 10 lines, and including a short CV with academic record, contact reference and publication (if any). Selected applicants will be contacted.