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Reference : UPR8001-CARROS-016
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Thursday, June 10, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Carole Rossi
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 November 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
By 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65. And it is estimated that 30% of older adults aged 65 and overfall at least once a year. Approximately 1 in 5 falls result in a serious injury, such as hip fracture, other fracture, subdural hematoma, other serious soft-tissue injury, or head injury... Even a fall that does not result in injury can have serious psychological trauma. As a consequence, falls are associated with a decline in the ability to carry out activities such as dressing, bathing, or housekeeping; This is the reason why falls prevention is recognized as an important health issue within the modern countries and has been a topic of research for over 30 years.
In this phD thesis we will develop a miniaturized smart airbag system, able to be triggered -prior the impact to the ground- a few liters of green gas to inflate a balloon. Many challenges will be taken in charge by the phD student : first new highly-responsive energetic composites integratable using 3D printing will be developped and tested for the inflator module which is a key part of the device. Second, the phD student will focus on the development of heterogeneous assembly process to co-integrate the energetic composites with electronic circuits and sensors and demonstrate novel microsystems able to implement real time and relevant safety responses.
This phD thesis position is open within the frame of an European Research Council (ERC) “advanced grant”. The student will be integrated in a multi-disciplinary team of 15 persons all working with the goal to develop the knowledge and technologies necessary to manufacture highly-responsive thin energetic films with long term stability and integrate them within electronic circuitry.
LAAS is a CNRS laboratory and also a community of bold researchers where science meets micro and nano technology in close connection with society. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. LAAS has eight departments with nearly 200 doctoral students and a staff of more than 400, of which 300 are researchers or professors. Our campuses are located in Toulouse, south of France. The LAAS portfolio covers fields from physics to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We develop integrated solutions from care of the elderly to space robotics.
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