[robotics-worldwide] Wanted: NASA/JPL Advanced Robotic Controls Group Supervisor

Richard Volpe volpe at jpl.nasa.gov
Tue Jul 31 18:52:35 PDT 2007

We are looking for a new supervisor to lead our Advance Robotic Controls 
Group at JPL.  For details, please see the job posting below.  For more 
information about JPL robotics, please visit our website at 
http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov.  If you have questions, feel free to 
contact me through the information below.

Rich Volpe
*Richard Volpe, PhD *
Mobility & Robotic Systems Section Manager (347)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Mail Stop 198-219,  Pasadena CA 91109
volpe at jpl.nasa.gov

/Institution: /*Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)*, California Institute 
of Technology
/Job Title: / Line Manager I, *Supervisor for the Advanced Robotic 
Controls Group*
/Location: / Pasadena, California, USA

JPL is a division of California Institute of Technology and a lead 
Research & Development center for NASA.  As NASA's lead center for deep 
space robotic exploration, JPL is a professional home for people who 
enjoy playing a part in the discovery of the universe.  If you share our 
passion, we invite you to do a little exploration of your own and find a 
career opportunity that will have you seated squarely at history's table.

*Will:  *Be the Advanced Robotic Controls technical Group Supervisor 
within the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section 
(http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov). Interact regularly with research and 
flight project collaborators and counterparts in defining advanced 
robotic control applications and software requirements. Work closely 
with related JPL personnel in identifying, developing, and integrating 
advanced control algorithms to satisfy these requirements. Lead the 
development of a unified software product line (non-commercial) 
leveraging these algorithms, and providing core capabilities to be used 
across the section. Lead the development, documentation, maintenance, 
and evolution of this product line. Work closely with related JPL 
groups, section, and with cognizant JPL program offices to develop 
competitive technology proposals based on, and meant to extend, this 
product line. Market and deliver this product line to flight projects, 
or other sponsors, when applicable. Monitor and be responsible for the 
quality of technical work produced by members of the group, during the 
proposal or execution phase. Serve on review boards and participate in 
peer reviews as necessary. Monitor and be responsible for the 
timekeeping and charging practices of group members, and work to ensure 
that deliveries are within proposed schedule and budget. Own the local 
procedures and cost models relevant to the group's work. Participate as 
a member of the section management team in the continuous evolution and 
improvement of the section. Participate in recruiting the engineering 
staff section-wide. Mentor group members to promote career growth and 
improvement of technical, financial, communication, marketing, and 
proposal skills. Recognize and reward desired group member performance 
through all available mechanisms.

*Required Skills:  *Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Electrical 
Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related technical 
discipline with 6+ years experience, or an MA/MS degree with 10+ years 
experience, or BA/BS degree in similar discipline with 12+ years 
experience; or equivalent.  A proven record of leading advanced robotic 
control and algorithm R&D for robotics, including concept formulation, 
implementation, and testing. Strong experience in the research areas of 
estimation, adaptive control, neural networks, fuzzy logic, behavior 
control, automated planning and execution, or similar as applied to 
robotics. Strong experience with algorithm and software development, 
including budget and schedule control. Extensive experience with other 
robotic disciplines of kinematics, dynamics, control, sensing, modeling, 
manipulation, mobility, simulation, graphics, or user interfaces. 
Interest in developing unified software products. Strong experience in 
managing a team of research engineers. Sound project planning, cost 
management, and reporting skills, with demonstrated experience in 
delivering product and documentation within fixed cost, schedule, and 
resources. Demonstrated capability to lead fast-paced R&D efforts 
through all phases of execution, from proposal development to 
end-delivery, working closely with sponsors. Significant experience in 
sponsor interaction and successful proposal creation, with a proven 
ability to team with others, including across institutional boundaries. 
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong teaming and 
mentoring skills.
Desired Skills:*  Recent space robotics supervisory, program, or project 
element management experience. History of advanced robotic control 
algorithm development and technology infusion into flight projects. 
Experience with software product line development and maintenance, 
including documentation and customer support. Experience in 
object-oriented software design and efficient implementation in 
computationally constrained systems. Experience with multiple computer 
languages and operating systems. Familiarity with robotics programs in 
JPL, NASA, industry, DoD, and elsewhere. Familiarity with robotics 
research worldwide. Record of consistent innovation in robotics 
technologies as documented through peer reviewed publications.

Enjoy a competitive salary and impressive benefits with the renowned 
leader in space exploration. If you'd like to discover new worlds with 
our innovative team, please apply online at: 
http://Careerlaunch.jpl.nasa.gov/ (Job ID#6249).

Great minds are open minds. Equal opportunity employer.

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