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Wearable Systems Engineer - Human Performance and Robotics


IHMC is currently seeking engineers and scientists for the design of wearable devices, including passive and actively actuated exoskeletons. Over the last 17 years, IHMC has developed a variety of legged systems ranging from bipedal robots like M2V2 and the Planar Elliptical Runner to legged exoskeletons like Quix. Individuals hired will work with our interdisciplinary robotics team on the design and development of new wearable robotics.

Current project goals are developing wearables that focus on extending the working life of DOE Environmental Management personnel. This includes working with Sandia National Labs and Georgia Tech to analyze and improve limitations of existing wearables. It also involves the development of a novel powered lower-body exoskeleton that aims to assist EM workers in the carrying of heavy PPE loads. To accomplish this project, we are currently seeking individuals with backgrounds in mechanical design, controller and software development, and project management.


Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking individuals who are passionate about robotics and have experience working on multi-disciplinary teams to develop new, cutting edge wearable robots. Applicants must be capable of functioning both in a tight-knit team and independently for extended periods of time. The ideal individual will have been involved in the development of articulated robots in the past. Applicants must also have good communication and documentation skills, and thrive in both a team and individual environment.

Mechanical design applicants should have experience with both prototype development and prototype fabrication techniques, from machining to 3d printing, as well as focusing on minimizing weight while maintaining durability. Applicants should also have familiarity with failure analysis, and would preferably have experience in designing with composites and advanced manufacturing.

Software and controls applicants must be dedicated to writing clean, readable software, and possess 2 years or more experience working in controlling robots. Applicants should have experience with standard control theory, robot kinematics, dynamics, and control concepts, and Object Oriented programming.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or similar, with 2 plus years of experience.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or Ph.D. degree in engineering.
  • Experience working with articulated robots.
  • Experience working with wearable systems.
  • Experience with electromechanical systems, hydraulic systems, sensors, motors.

To Apply:

Email to with the subject line “Exoskeleton Position – YourLastName” and include the following:

  1. Current resume in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_Resume.pdf”.
  2. Cover letter in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_CoverLetter.pdf”

In the cover letter:

  • Description of a robot system you worked on. Preferably a link to a web page describing your system, a published paper, and/or software examples.
  • Provide email and phone number for three (3) professional references.

**Application is considered incomplete until all items are submitted.**


Location: Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL

IHMC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Client Description

The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) pioneers technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. 

IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities.

Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Our human-centered approach often results in systems that can be regarded as cognitive, physical, or perceptual orthoses, much as eyeglasses are a kind of ocular orthoses. These systems fit the human and machine components together in ways that exploit their respective strengths and mitigate their respective weaknesses. The design and fit of technological orthoses and prostheses requires a broader interdisciplinary range than is typically found in one organization, thus IHMC staff includes computer scientists, cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, physicians, philosophers, engineers and social scientists of various stripes, as well as some people who resist all attempts to classify them.

Current active research areas include: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, knowledge modeling and sharing, human interactions with autonomy, humanoid robotics, exoskeletons, advanced interfaces and displays, cybersecurity, communication and collaboration, linguistics and natural language processing, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, big data and machine learning, as well as other related areas.

IHMC faculty and staff collaborate extensively with industry and government to develop science and technology that can be enabling with respect to society’s broader goals. IHMC researchers receive funding from a wide range of government and private sources. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, NSF, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, NIH, IARPA, DOT, IDEO, Raytheon, IBM, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Lockheed, and SAIC, among others.

Opportunity Details

  • Seeking Engineers and Scientists for the design of Wearable Devices, including Passive and Actively Actuated Exoskeletons