Curet Lab in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering (OME) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invites applications for an NSF-funded Postdoctoral position for the design, model and control of undulating-fin underwater vessels in close formation.
This project will study underwater vehicles equipped with a bio-inspired fin-based propulsion system. The specific configuration under study consists of a single undulating fin running along the length of the vehicle, which controls both forward motion and directional maneuvers. The project will first use analytical and experimental studies to describe how the fin shape and motion relates to the movement of a single vessel. Those results will then be extended to cooperative groups of multiple vessels traveling in formation.
Applicants should have a doctorate from an accredited institution in Ocean Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. Excellent candidates are sought with experience and/or interest at the intersection of fluid dynamics, controls and biomimetics.
The position will be for one year with a possibility of one year extension based on performance. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is expected to be by Summer or Fall 2018.
The application should include:
1. Cover Letter with research interests and experiences,
2. CV, and
3. Names and contact information of at least three professional references.
Qualified candidates can contact Prof. Oscar Curet at firstname.lastname@example.org.