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Design, development, and optimisation of a six-legged robot for hybrid walking and manipulation in challenging environments


   Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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About the Project

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Design, development, and optimisation of a six-legged robot for hybrid walking and manipulation in challenging environments” led by Dr Mingfeng Wang in the Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

This project aims to develop a novel six-legged walking robot with features of high stability, mobility, manipulation, and precise-machining capabilities via an optimised design of the leg mechanism and leg layout platform. The research results of this project can benefit the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) industries by improving the robotic and autonomous capabilities during the regular In-situ repair and maintenance in challenging environments. 

You must have experience in robotics and/or practical experience with the ROS environment. You should demonstrate skills in writing scientific reports and have a solid background in mathematics and computer programming (for example, Python, C++, Matlab). You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.

 

How to Apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to [Email Address Removed] by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022.  Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

·      Your up-to-date CV;

·      Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;

·      Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);

·      Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;

·      Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in June 2022. 


Funding Notes

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).
You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.

References

You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in engineering, maths or physics. A postgraduate master's degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
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