Advanced robotic autonomy (aerial and ground robots)

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Responsibilities

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for multiple postdoctoral research positions in JPL's Robotic Mobility Group. The broad topic is robotic autonomy (including mobility, perception, single- and multi-agent autonomy, and communication). The focus is on small and autonomous flying vehicles and rotorcrafts. These positions will support basic and applied research projects funded by a variety of sources. Details can be tailored to some degree to the experience and interest of selected applicants. Some of the projects include: 1) Aerial and ground autonomy for exploring caves and subterranean environments in planetary bodies 2) Developing innovative technologies to participate in the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge 3) Aerial swarm-autonomy for planetary exploration 4) Aerial and ground autonomy for a coordinated team of Mars helicopter and rover.

 

The projects are joint between JPL and a few partnering schools (MIT, Caltech, and Stanford). The positions are available immediately. Candidates can apply to open positions in one (or more) of the following areas: 1. Algorithms (requires strong background in robotic perception, localization, 3D mapping, planning, or multi-agent communication) 2. Software (requires strong software development skills, feel at home working with C++ and ROS) 3. System (requires background in system engineering, integration, and embedded computing) In addition to applying here, interested candidates should send their resume and the earliest date of availability to the recruiting team at mobility.applicant@jpl.nasa.gov, with email subject [Postdoc 2018 Aerial Autonomy-JPL]. In your email, please mention which area (algorithm/SW/system) you are applying for (it is a strong plus, if you are expert in more than one area).  

 

Dr.Ali Agha, in JPL's Mobility and Robotic Systems Section, will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate(s). The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a recent PhD in Computer Science and Engineering or related field. Strong background in at least one of the above-mentioned areas (Algorithms, Software, System) is required. Past experience with rotorcrafts is a plus. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.

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