[robotics-worldwide] Research Scientist position in Autonomy for Marine Vehicles at MIT

John Leonard jleonard at mit.edu
Wed Oct 27 04:33:17 PDT 2010

Research Scientist
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

The MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks candidates for a 
research scientist position in the Laboratory for Autonomous Marine 
Sensing Systems, to perform independent research in the development of 
algorithms and software for autonomous marine vehicles. Research projects will 
involve the development of autonomy software for networks of ocean vehicles 
performing cooperative persistent surveillance, mine countermeasures, and 
oceanographic environmental sampling missions. This will be undertaken in the 
context of major initiatives underway at MIT to create autonomy software for a 
new generation of ocean observation systems. The position will entail taking a 
leadership role in the development and field testing of autonomy algorithms and 
software on multiple low-cost autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and 
autonomous surface craft (ASC) equipped with a variety of sensor and 
communication devices, including active and passive sonar systems and acoustic 

The successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in engineering or 
computer science and several years of experience with autonomous marine 
vehicles, with an emphasis on the development of algorithms and software 
for real-time decision making for one or more autonomous vehicles. Expert 
programming capabilities in C/C++ in a Linux environment is an absolute 
requirement, including experience with open source robot control software 
packages such as ROS, MOOS, and LCM. Experience participating in 
oceanographic research cruises deploying autonomous vehicles highly 
desirable. Must have a strong interest in taking a leadership role in 
working with and educating a highly motivated and skilled group of 
students and postdoctoral associates associated with the laboratory.

For information contact jleonard at mit.edu


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