Mechanical Design Engineer

IHMC is currently seeking mechanical engineers to help with the design of research prototype legged robotic platforms, including humanoids and 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 Mina V2. This candidate will work with our interdisciplinary robotics team on the design and development of new legged robotic hardware.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking candidates who are passionate about mechanical design, cool mechanisms, and robotics and have experience working on multi-disciplinary teams to develop new, cutting edge hardware. They must be capable of functioning both in a tight-knit team and independently for extended periods of time. The candidate should have experience with both prototype development and prototype fabrication techniques, from machining to 3d printing. The ideal candidate will have been involved in the development of articulated robots in the past, with a focus on minimizing weight while maintaining durability. Applicants must have good communication and documentation skills, and thrive in both a team and individual environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar, with 3 plus years of design experience.

  • Advanced SolidWorks / OnShape user, or equivalent

  • Familiarity with mechanism design

  • Experience in failure analysis

  • Experience with finite element analysis

  • Authorization to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in lightweight design

  • Experience with advanced manufacturing techniques (Additive, etc.)

  • Design with composites (e.g. carbon fiber)

  • Experience with electromechanical systems, hydraulic systems, sensors, motors 

As part of the application, we require that you provide a link (unlisted or public) to a YouTube video of you talking about one of your mechanical designs. This video should highlight your communication skills as well as show your design. The video should:

  • Include your talking about your project

  • Be 2 minute (+/- 15 seconds) in length

  • Show your design, either actual or on computer screen

  • Have clear audio

Job Description: Develop new cutting edge legged-robotic hardware platforms, including humanoids and exoskeletons. For more information on some of our current projects, see Salary is dependent upon degree and experience.

To Apply: Email to with the subject line “ME 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:

  • Provide link (URL) to your YouTube video.

  • Describe why you want to be a designer of legged robots, what makes you qualified, and what you see as the major challenges to achieving legged robots that are as capable as their biological counterparts.

  • Description of a robot system or part you designed. Preferably a link to a web page describing your system, a published paper, and/or hardware examples.

  • Provide email and phone number for three (3) professional references. 

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


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

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.