Intern Position (User and stakeholder needs in stroke rehabilitation for rehabilitation robot development)

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Intern Position

(Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation / Department of Mechanical Engineering)

User and stakeholder needs in stroke rehabilitation for rehabilitation robot development

We are looking for a Finnish speaking person to intern position, with Product Development, Design or relevant experience for a project related to user centered development of new rehabilitation robotics. Your tasks would involve interacting with stroke patients of different age (children to elderly), their loved ones as well as their therapists. Your aim is to identify how to improve their rehabilitation process. What needs do the different stakeholders have, what pain points are there in the current systems that demotivate or prevent proper healing or care, etc. The position is for two months or part time until the end of 2019.

You will also interact with the technology development team to understand the current state of the rehabilitation technology and their plans for the future.  There has been a vast commercialization of robots for the mechanization of physical therapy, usually referred to as robotic (neuro-)rehabilitation or robot-mediated therapy. These robots aim to replace or support the physical training effort of a therapist dealing with patients affected by these two conditions. This has been deemed useful in cases where a therapist’s effort is very intensive leading to limitations in availability or even injuries. Essentially, the robot carries out the actual physical interaction with the patient. Even though the robots can be helpful, they have not taken off mostly due to poor design or poor patient engagement. This is the gap addressed in this project.

An ideal candidate is a fluent Finnish speaker, proactive in looking for users, comfortable interacting with different people, including patients, has a strong ethic when working with vulnerable populations, is familiar with at least some need finding methods and is passionate about improving lives by design.

How to apply

To apply for the internship please send your CV to Professor Ivan Vujaklija, [email protected]

Application deadline: 04.10.2019 (apply early, applications will be considered as they are received)

Additional information

You will be co-advised by Professors Katja Hölttä-Otto (Design Factory/Dpt. of Mechanical Engineering) and Ivan Vujaklija (Health Platform/Dpt. of Electrical Engineering and Automation). Please contact either Katja ([email protected]) or Ivan ([email protected]) for more details

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