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2020-2021 MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Announcement



The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking multiple candidates for the 2020-2021 MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  Candidates’ research interests should fit into one or more of the following eight research areas:
  • Multi-robot Systems: bio-inspired robotics concepts, time-delayed robotics, robotic swarms, robotic cooperation under limited communication, distributed robotics, crowd and multi-agent simulation
  • Medical Robotics: MRI-compatible surgical robotics, haptics-enabled AFM, exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and magnetic micromanipulation for drug delivery
  • Miniature Robotics: mesoscale robots; bio-inspired sensing, actuation, and locomotion; cell manipulation; and micro and nano manipulation
  • Robotics for Extreme Environments: space robotics and autonomous deep-submergence sampling systems
  • Autonomous Unmanned Systems: micro air vehicles, unmanned sea surface vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and planetary surface rovers; robot motion planning
  • Bioinspired Robotics: Robots inspired by biological forms; bio-inspired design and manufacturing, artificial muscles, adaptive control of bio-inspired robots, biosensors, soft robots, swarming, co-robotics, multifunctional materials and structures, biomaterials, biolocomotion, energy harvesting, autonomy, humanoid robots, modular robots
  • Cognitive Robotics: endowing a robot with intelligent behavior by providing it with a processing architecture that  allows it to learn and reason about how to behave in response to complex goals in a complex world. Cognitive robots integrate perception, cognition and action
  • Human-Robot Interaction: Human-robot collaboration, human behavior modeling, human-robot communication, learning and cognition, planning and re-planning, management of trust and its effects on collaboration
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, 2020. 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 an MRC faculty member 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. 
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 will advise the MRC Fellow. See for a list of MRC faculty.
4. Three letters of recommendation, including one preferably from the applicant’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to 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_MRCFY21FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY21 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  For best consideration, please submit application materials by April 17 (NEW).