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Call for Applications: Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Space Robotics

Bio2Robotics Laboratory (MAE Department)

Undergraduate Research Assistant position in Space Robotics

(Sophomore or Early Junior) Deadline to Apply: May 10th, 2024


The Bioinspired and Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory (Bio2Robotics Lab: in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department invites applications for an undergraduate research assistant position starting May, 15th 2024, to work on a NASA-funded snake-like robot project for the lunar extreme access exploration. The project is for two years, and the position will be continued based on the student's performance and the availability of funds. The undergraduate research assistant will work with a graduate student in the research lab and get the required training while helping with conducting research and contributing to the project. The undergraduate student will be responsible for:

photo of student working on robotics project

  1. CAD modeling, designing, and prototyping artificial muscle-driven snake-like robot, mechanical parts, and test setup
  2. Fabricate and test a variety of pneumatic artificial muscles
  3. Help to develop electronics and pneumatic boards for control of the robot
  4. Help to develop MATLAB/Simulink hardware-in-the-loop setup
  5. Testing, data collection, and analysis
  6. Writing reports and manuscripts and presenting research results.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Sophomore or early Junior undergraduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (this is a must)
  • Two-year commitment is required to the project during the fall, spring, and summer semesters (no exception)
  • Proficiency in CAD modeling
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Prior experience in robotics is a plus

Please send your CV and transcripts to Dr. Haghshenas-Jaryani at

Tthe selected candidates will be contacted accordingly. The position will remain open until it is filled.