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Requisition # 3874

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Advertising Started on:Monday, October 10th, 2022
College:College of Engineering
Department:IIHR Hydroscience Engineering



Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Soft Robotics

IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering ( and the College of Engineering ( at the University of Iowa ( seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research scholar to conduct research with Dr. Caterina Lamuta ( The initial appointment is full-time for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of continued funding. This is an immediate opening and applications will be considered until a successful candidate has been identified.
Research will focus on design, manufacturing, testing, and control of a novel soft robot for underwater applications powered by artificial muscles.
Key areas of responsibility include:

  • robotics

  • mechanics

  • smart materials

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff, and students of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering (, a national and global leader in environmental and fluids-related research, education, and service. The University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities and a long history of international connections, leadership, and accomplishment. Iowa City offers the safe, friendly quality of life for which the Midwest is known. Information regarding some of the resources that the University of Iowa and the local area provide can be found at (

Education Requirement:

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a relevant science or engineering field prior to starting this position is required.

Required Qualifications:Prior experience and significant level of expertise with/in mechanical design and manufacturing
Familiarity with FEM analysis
Experience with CAD modeling
Prior experience and significant level of expertise using Matlab/Simulink
Prior experience in robotics
Demonstrated knowledge of implementation of control algorithms for robotic devices
Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications:Previous experience with the design and testing of soft robotic devices
Previous experience presenting results at scientific conferences and established publication record.

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Letters of Interest
 Number of References:  3

To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.

Contact Information

Contact:Sandra M Gerard
Cend-IIHR Hydroscience Eng
Hydraulics Wind Tunnel Annex
130 West Harrison Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Department URL:

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