Thursday, May 28, 2009

[USA] Postdoctoral Positions in Robotics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Positions in Robotics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

At least two postdoctoral research positions are available in the Distributed Robotics Laboratory at CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA USA. The PI is Prof. Daniela Rus. See URL:

Each appointment duration is 12 months, with a possible extension of another 12 months.

Position 1

The research will be focused on designing small soft robots capable of locomotion and internal deformation, in order to squeeze through holes narrower than the robot body. The research will investigate the role of new materials and non- traditional actuation in designing and controlling such machines. The research will also investigate control and planning algorithms for this type of system. This project is a collaboration between MIT, Harvard, and iRobot. For this position we are looking for applicants with robotics background. Applicants with chemical engineering background can also be a good fit. We are looking for candidates with knowledge of mechanism design and control, demonstrated creativity, and experience with building robots.

Position 2
The research will be focused on decentralized control of multi-robot systems. We are looking for creative candidates with strong background in control theory, estimation theory, and experience with implementing algorithms on hardware platforms. Some knowledge of computer networking is also desirable.

Applicants for both positions should hold a PhD in a robotics-related discipline. Interested applicants should send a CV (with a brief research statement) and a list of references by email to Rebecca Yadegar

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