Hareesh Godaba, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Engineering (Assistant Professor),

School of Engineering and Informatics,

University of Sussex.

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Design and a core member of the Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Research Group at the University of Sussex . Until Novemebr 2020, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) in Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) Project developing sensing and actuation technologies for application to extreme environments. Prior to this, I was a Research Fellow in Advanced Sensotronics Lab in the National University of Singapore (NUS) where I developed stretchable and self-healing light sources for the next generation displays and soft robots. I received my Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore in 2018 with my thesis focussing on the mechanics of dielectric elastomer actuators. My research has been published and highlighted in reputed venues such as Nature Materials, Soft Matter, Applied Physics Letters and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, and has been covered in international media including Reuters (UK), Straits Times (Singapore) and the Deccan Chronicle (India).

At the University of Sussex, I am investigating the intersection of functional materials, applied mechanics and bioinspiration to develop intelligent soft robots and devices to tackle significant challenges in industrial and biomedical applications.

If you are interested in collaborating with us or joining our group, please feel free to get in touch.

News. Our work on wireless surgical sutures is now published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Wirelessly operated bioelectronic sutures for the monitoring of deep surgical wounds | Nature Biomedical Engineering

Nature BME News and Views article on this work:
Sutures for the wireless sensing of deep wounds | Nature Biomedical Engineering

(NEW*) Fully-funded PhD Studentship and a Postdoc position.

Mechatronics and Control for Nuclear Decommissioning Manipulators

We are inviting applications for a 3.5-years PhD studentship in the Department of Engineering and Design, University of Sussex. The selected student will work on a well-funded collaborative project with researchers in University of Tokyo to develop and control a novel robotic manipulator to aid in the decommissioning and dismantling operations at Fukushima and Sellafield nuclear power plants. This project will tackle various research challenges in different steps to design such a robot, including mechatronic system design, control system development and high-level human-robot interaction control design.

An excellent applicant is expected to have: ability to communicate and write proficiently in English; analytical/mathematical skills; and programming skills; background in one or more of the following: mechanical design, robotics and/or control.

Funding: Tax-free stipend of ~£15,000 per annum is available for 3.5 years with additional pay for teaching duties. Tuition fees is fully covered and all nationalities are eligible to apply.

Interested candidates may email me( h.godaba@sussex.ac.uk ) or Dr. Yanan Li (yl557@sussex.ac.uk) with an up-to-date CV and a cover letter. Deadline for formal application is on 1st December 2021 17:00 (GMT)

We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant can be found. Interviews will be organized as soon as the applications are received. You may only hear from us if your application is shortlisted for interview.


Postdoc position will be supervised by Dr. Romeo Glovnea (R.P.Glovnea@sussex.ac.uk) and will work together with the rest of us on the team. We are looking for someone with a strong background in mechanical design and expertise in using finite element software such as Ansys or Abaqus. Interest/experience in hands-on development of mechatronic systems will be considered advantageous.

The position is for a fix term of 29 months and it involves a collaborative project with researchers from the University of Tokyo to design and develop a novel variable impedance actuator (VIA) for robotics applications. The main application of the research is the development of robotic manipulators for decommissioning and dismantling operations at Sellafield and Fukushima nuclear power plants.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship available - January 2022 Intake- CLOSED

We have a fully funded PhD studentship on developing physical intelligence for soft robots. The PhD project will focus on establishing a novel framework for creating semi-autonomous soft robots through development of stimuli-responsive systems and embedding mechanical logic through design. Successful candidate will work on developing soft actuators and sensors, investigating bioinspired approaches and holistic integration strategies for creating functional soft robots.

Funding: Tax-free stipend of ~£15,000 per annum is available for 3.5 years with additional pay for teaching duties. Tuition fees is fully covered and all nationalities are eligible to apply.

Interested candidates may email me( h.godaba@sussex.ac.uk ) with an up-to-date CV and a cover letter. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the project and the position. Deadline for formal application is on 15th October, 2021.

For a comprehensive coverage of our previous work, prospective students can watch the video of a talk I delivered recently:

News. 01/07/2020. Three papers on 3d printed variable stiffness gripper (as first author), electronic skin for decoupling forces and strains, and control of eversion robot have been accepted for publication in IEEE International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS) 2020. Congrats to all the contributors.

News. MDPI Robotics Special issue on "Soft Robotics: Fusing Function with Structure" guest edited by Prof. Kaspar Althoefer, Dr. Ahmad Ataka and me is now open for submissions.

Please visit the following website for more details and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/robotics/special_issues/soft-robotics

News. Our work on self-healing electroluminescent device has been published in Nature Materials.

A transparent, self-healing and high-κ dielectric for low-field-emission stretchable optoelectronics

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-019-0548-4

Highlighted on Nature Materials News and Views : Lighting up soft robotics

Featured on Strait Times: New material may be answer to crack-proof phone display screens

News: Our work on instabilities in dielectric elastomer actuators has been featured on the inside front cover of Soft Matter.

The paper is available here: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/sm/c9sm01145e#!divAbstract