MRC faculty and staff positions, postdoctoral fellowships

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2021-2022 MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking multiple candidates for the 2021-2022 MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, with support from the Army Research Laboratory through the AI and Autonomy for Multi-Agent Systems (ArtIAMAS) cooperative agreement.  Candidates’ research interests should fit into one or more of the following research areas:

  • Multi-robot Systems: e.g., enabling collaborative RDT&E through shared infrastructure and long-distance collaborative autonomy;
  • Autonomous Uncrewed Systems: e.g., digital twin development, robot navigation of complex terrain, and simulation-based verification for autonomous systems;
  • Cognitive Robotics: e.g., explainable AI, perception-based interaction, and metareasoning to improve team performance;
  • Human-Robot Interaction: e.g., forensics for human-machine teaming.

Applicants should be outstanding, intellectually curious researchers at an early stage in their scholarly career. Applicants are required to have received a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field by the expected start date of July 1, 2021. 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 especially 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. Prior to applying, applicants are required to contact a MRC faculty member participating in ArtIAMAS in order to identify a prospective postdoctoral mentor. 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 advisor 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.

APPLICATION MATERIALS
  1. A letter of interest from the applicant clearly stating one or more research areas listed above and a 1-2 page description of the proposed research.  The research proposal should include the name of the postdoctoral advisor (see #3), title of research project, statement of objectives, and anticipated contributions to the state of the art.
  2. Applicant’s CV including publication list.
  3. A letter of endorsement from a faculty member of the Maryland Robotics Center who is also participating in the ArtIAMAS cooperative agreement. See below for a list of participating MRC faculty; faculty bios and websites are accessible from robotics.umd.edu/faculty
  4. A letter of recommendation, preferably from the applicant’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to robotics@umd.edu 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 application  materials other than the recommendation letters as a single pdf file named Applicant’s LastName_MRCFY22FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY22 POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. The letter of endorsement from an MRC faculty member should be included in the pdf file application. The application and questions should be directed to robotics@umd.eduThe preferred application deadline is June 1, 2021. Applications received after this date will also be considered pending availability of funds. 

The MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are subject to availability of funds and college-level hiring approval.

2021-2022 MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Faculty Mentors

See robotics.umd.edu/faculty for bios and research web pages

First Name Last Name Email
Derek Paley dpaley@umd.edu
Jeffrey Herrmann jwh2@umd.edu
Nikhil Chopra nchopra@umd.edu
Michael Otte otte@umd.edu
Mumu Xu mumu@umd.edu
Dinesh Manocha dm@cs.umd.edu
Ramani Duraiswami ramanid@umd.edu
Ming Lin lin@cs.umd.edu
Abhinav Shrivastava abhinav@cs.umd.edu
Pratap Tokekar tokekar@umd.edu

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