Duke University, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

841 24759
Position ID:Duke-MEMS-ARNI [#24759]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, NorthCarolina 27701, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering / Robotics
Appl Deadline:2023/05/05 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/04/27, finished 2023/11/11, listed until 2023/10/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Occupational Summary

An individual with academic credentials but without a doctorate and not a degree candidate. Assists faculty members in research programs by participating in the research directly or in organizing a program under which the research is carried out. This classification is administered on Campus through the Office of the Provost and in the Medical Center through the Office of the Chancellor for Health Affairs. It is not subject to the Wage and Salary system.

Work Performed

The selected candidate will focus on the development of soft robotics, utilizing responsive materials to achieve specific deformation or locomotion goals. They will be responsible for designing and fabricating actuation and sensing elements, implementing inverse design methodologies, creating and refining control algorithms, and conducting mechanical tests to optimize the performance of the soft robotic materials.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Requires a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering.

Experience Research experience in soft materials or soft robotics preferred but not required.

Skills Python, MATLAB, C#, C++, Arduino, SolidWorks, Abaqus, Machining, Clean-room skills.

Required Data

Most times a cover letter and reference letters are required.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Essential Physical Job Functions

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
Duke University
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Box 90300
Durham, NC 27708