Micro-robotics

Organization
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Reference Code
IC-18-44
How to Apply

Create and release your Profile on Zintellect – Postdoctoral applicants must create an account and complete a profile in the on-line application system.  Please note: your resume/CV may not exceed 2 pages.

Complete your application – Enter the rest of the information required for the IC Postdoc Program Research Opportunity. The application itself contains detailed instructions for each one of these components: availability, citizenship, transcripts, dissertation abstract, publication and presentation plan, and information about your Research Advisor co-applicant.

Additional information about the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is available on the program website located at:  https://orau.org/icpostdoc/

If you have questions, send an email to ICPostdoc@orau.org.   Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email. 

Application Deadline
3/12/2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Description

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

The goal of this research is to combine the best that the medical industry and watch-making industry can offer to create small (order of 10mm) robots that can remotely manipulate items with both dexterity and high forces. Autonomy is not the focus of this work; there can be a degree of human control, and an umbilical cable for power, but the robot must operate 1-100 m away. The robot need not be as small as those used in the medical industry, but could be 20 or 30mm, and even have a single dimension up to 100mm.

 

Example Approaches:

Design and build a selection of concept demonstrators that can work in hard to access, confined spaces. The robot should be able to maneuver over rough surfaces and may use a variety of sensing modalities to navigate itself and to aid object manipulation. Swarming of the robots could be considered to support collaborative behavior, but is not the sole focus of this work. Bio-informed approaches could also be used; the robot having articulated joints for example or the capacity to move by undulation.

Qualifications

Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )