PhD Positions Available (start Fall 2018)

The NeuroMechatronics Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) has openings for full-time PhD students to start in September 2018. The positions include full tuition plus a monthly stipend. Continued funding will be based on student’s performance.

The NeuroMechatronics Lab aims to bridge the gap between current robotic and exoskeleton technologies and the human neuromuscular system. We analyze the human nervous system from a mechatronics perspective and develop technologies that mimic and enhance human motion and sensing. Our main and most important goal is to use these research and technological advances to help people suffering from mobility impairments recover their independence.

The PhD topic will be in the area of sensor fusion for optimizing control performance in exoskeleton technologies. The desired candidates must have some knowledge in signal processing, robotics, machine learning, and systems and controls (knowledge in biomedical engineering and biomechanics is a plus). Candidates should ideally hold a Master’s degree, but highly qualified individuals might be considered to the PhD program directly from their Bachelor’s degree.

Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and publication samples (if any) to: djvillarreal@smu.edu with subject “phdFall18 – LastName”.

Main technical skills to be developed with this position include neuro/biomechatronics, robotics, signal processing, clinical experience, and several engineering computer packages (MATLAB, Simulink, LabVIEW, etc.) as well as leadership and effective communication skills.

A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, TX, SMU is a distinguished center for global research. SMU’s 11,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study, and innovative programs.