MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, recently launched the MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. For this program, we are seeking multiple candidates whose research interests fit into one of the following themes:
1. Human-robot interaction: Acceleration of the development and use of robots that work beside or cooperatively with people; research on how robots can collaborate effectively with humans or other robots, how they can perceive, plan, act, and learn in uncertain, real-world dynamic environments, how they can operate safely, robustly, and reliably in complex environments with humans, and how they can learn to be personalized in their interactions with people; rehabilitation science and robotics including those areas that address issues for aging and disabled population groups; novel uses of augmented and virtual reality in the context of human-robot interaction. Applications may include health care robots, exoskeleton, home companion robots, robotic co-workers in manufacturing, etc.
2. Bio-inspired, autonomous systems: Autonomy as applied to sensors and actuators, communications, command and control, and the understanding of the basis for autonomous decisions; new biological insights into complex kinematics and enabling mechanisms of air, ground, underwater systems; bio-inspired highly-maneuverable platforms and algorithms for control and decision-making; miniature autonomous robotic systems, sensors and actuators to enable real-time autonomy (e.g., obstacle recognition and avoidance, mission planning) for land, air, and underwater systems.
3. Cyber-physical systems design and digital fabrication: Emerging robotics and autonomy technologies are transforming design and manufacturing. Particular areas of interest are systems modeling and design, physics-based modeling and simulation, information representation and interoperability, and new paradigms for human-robot collaboration throughout the manufacturing lifecycle.
Applicants should be outstanding, intellectually curious researchers at an early stage in their scholarly career. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field by the expected start date of June 1, 2018. Applicants should have demonstrated a capacity for independent work. We recognize that strength comes through diversity and actively seek and welcome people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We encourage women and minority candidates to apply.
Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the applicant and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact. Applicants are not required to contact MRC faculty members in order to identify advisors. Selected candidates will be paired with faculty advisors from the Center. The MRC postdoctoral fellows will have access to the full range of talent and resources available at the Maryland Robotics Center, and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Center faculty in addition to their postdoctoral faculty advisors and their research group.
We expect to offer multiple fellowship positions with funding guaranteed for one year. Renewing beyond the first year is subject to funding availability and performance. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided.
1. Select one of the three themes (Human-robot interaction; Bio-inspired, autonomous systems; Cyber-physical systems design and digital fabrication) and clearly state it in the application.
2. Applicant’s CV including publication list.
3. One to two page description of the proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research.
4. Three letters of recommendation, including one preferably from the applicant’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the candidate’s name as the subject. The letter should provide detailed assessments of the applicant’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.
Applicants should submit all the materials as a single file (pdf format required) named Applicant’s LastName_MRCFY18FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY18 POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. The application and questions should be directed to: email@example.com.
The application window is open from January 29, 2018 through April 2, 2018.
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