The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington seeks to fill a full-time post-doctoral research associate position. The position focuses on the development of soft MEMS tactile sensing skin using liquid metal strain gauges that can sense both dynamic normal and shear forces  for increasing the perceptual abilities of robotic manipulators in highly sensitive environments. The successful candidate will work in  Jonathan Posner’s research group, will have an appointment in either the Departments of Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering, and will work closely with our project collaborators at the UCLA Biomechatronics Lab and RE2 Robotics.

This project focuses on the development of an instrumented hand for inspection and handling of sensitive devices such as explosives. This project will enable next-generation tactile sensing and interaction of objects, both visible and hidden, for robot operators to locate, identify, and neutralize objects and threats on land and in the sea. The research is experimentally intensive and involves the construction of robust microfluidic liquid metal sensors. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in some of the following areas: microfluidics, tactile sensors, strain gauges, clean room processes, data acquisition, mechanical/electromagnetic computational modelling, packaging for sensors for use underwater. A PhD in engineering, physics, or related field is required. Candidates should have published in peer-reviewed publications, work well in a team, and have strong communication skills.

To apply, please send electronically a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Jonathan Posner at jposner[at]

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