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11 Apr 2023

Full-Time Technical Associate, Biomechatronics, MIT Media Lab

Media Lab – Posted by Media Lab Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The MIT Media Lab Biomechatronics group requires a mechatronics engineer to design, develop, and verify mechanical, electrical, and software components of an active prosthetic joint.


  • Engineer and implement features that facilitate the operation and maintenance of an active prosthetic joint;
  • Independently design, assemble, and verify power electronics, mechanical assemblies, and packaging using CAD, PCB design software, and other computational tools;
  • Assist with related research projects, gathering and analyzing data, designing research protocols, documenting research results, and publishing research outcomes;
  • Engage with and maintain collaboration between local and international researchers;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:

Prof. Hugh Herr with minimal supervision

Supervision Exercised:




  • Bachelor’s degree in Biomechanical, Biomedical, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field with a strong background in experimental or theoretical/computational aspects of biomechanics and system dynamics;
  • Two years of experience in:  EMG processing and use in the context of neuroprosthetic control; knowledge of thermodynamics, precision machine design, information theory, and formal logic; and leading the development of medical device manufacturing processes and coordinating GLP biocompatibility testing;
  • Demonstrated mastery in multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and mathematical optimization;
  • Detailed understanding of linear control theory, frequency and temporal domain signals processing, statics, kinematics, and dynamics, mechanics of materials, neural control of movement, computer systems architecture, robotics, software engineering, statistics and numerical methods;
  • Technical skills include: CAD, PCB design and fabrication, machining and drafting, computational modeling of dynamical systems, design of power electronics, rapid prototyping;
  •  Fluency in Python, C++, and MATLAB programming languages and Linux/GNU environments;
  • Excellent academic writing, communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong spatial and abstract reasoning abilities;
  • Record of scholarly output in the form of documented projects and peer-reviewed publications.


  • Masters in Biomechanical, Biomedical, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field .
  • Experience in videography, photography, graphical design, and audio engineering;
  • Experience preparing FDA documents for clinical translation of medical devices.

This appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on funding and the course of research.


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How to Apply

To apply, please visit  MIT's careers at https://hr.mit.edu/careers  and search for job ID number #22601

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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