Joint Engineer

As Joint Engineer, together with the Frame Engineers, you will become an expert on the mechanical side of the exoskeleton. You will work together with other team members to create an integrated design of the different components. As a Joint Engineer you will mainly focus on the joints of the exoskeleton which have a lot of high-precision parts: hip, knee and ankle. With your structured way of working and your enthusiasm for (motoric) drive systems and transmissions, your will get the joints as small and efficient as possible! Is this the perfect function for you?

You are responsible for the best possible design of the electromechanical  joints of the exoskeleton. Next year you will start thinking about how to improve the MARCH exoskeleton as much as possible in the run-up to the Cybathlon of 2020. Do you choose for a completely new concept of a certain component or do you decide to make an existing part even better?


As Joint Engineer, your main focus will be on the joints in the hip, knee and ankle. Your desire is that the ultimate movement matches with the natural movement of a human being. A good analysis of the human walking pattern will be done with the team and it is your task to convert this to motor drive and transmissions. Therefore, you like to gain in-depth knowledge about all these different parts.

There are a lot of small parts in the joints. It is therefore very important to work in a structured manner and to be able to quickly identify failure mechanisms. You will do this by doing a lot of tests and translating everything to CAD programs. You will have a lot of contact with the production partners and consultants to optimize the joints


Desired skills and experience

  • Preferred: End bachelor or master in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or comparable

  • Knowledge of 2D or 3D design and production in CAD programs (e.g. Solid Works, CATIA)

  • Skilled in the use numerical computing programs (Matlab / Python / Excel / LabView etc.)

  • Basic knowledge of dynamics, mechatronics, and failure mechanisms

  • Interested in human movement

  • Structured and analytical working method

  • Able to communicate technical knowledge clearly

  • Experience with working in groups, projects and/or committees

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