Biomechatronics Engineer

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Biomechatronics is an emerging interdisciplinary field applying the principles of mechanical and electrical engineering to enhance, rehabilitate or augment human biology. It involves the study, design and development of computer-controlled devices that interface with muscular and nervous systems. For example, advanced prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons equipped with biosensors capable of interpreting electrical signals from the wearer's muscles to restore body movement.

Biomechatronics engineers are predominantly found in the research sector, developing integrated mechanical systems that will drive the future of biomedicine. Many of these systems can be found in use today, such as robot-based surgery, medical imaging and prosthetics. Other possibilities in development include neural implants to restore sight and hearing, haptic technologies for virtual reality and mobility devices for aged care.

Positions in this branch of engineering are often pursued as post-doctoral research projects. The completion of a PhD in electrical, mechanical or mechatronics engineering is often required for employment in this field.