[robotics-worldwide] Robotics Job Openings at NREC

Alonzo Kelly alonzo at cmu.edu
Thu Jun 30 09:12:40 PDT 2011


The US National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) is a part of the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University that specializes in research and development of complete robotics systems. Field testing is an important part of our approach to ensuring relevance of the work. Our activities span many robotics application areas including mining, petroleum, agriculture, manufacturing, security, hazardous, military, and space. We are over 200 faculty, staff, and students dedicated to advancing and deploying mobile robots in real world applications
See http://www.nrec.ri.cmu.edu/ for more information.
We would like to fill several Robotics Specialist positions immediately in support of several new research programs.  Preference will be given to US citizens or permanent residents or to individuals who may be eligible for such status in a few years. Positions available at this time include: 


Position 1: Robotics Specialist
Specialty: Inertial Navigation and Optimal Estimation
Description: Project assignments will include continued development of a personal navigation system (wearable IMU and computing) which is aided by wearable radars and micro cameras. Upcoming efforts will reduce size, weight and power. A second assignment involves various research initiatives to develop custom inertial solutions for mobile robots based on the unique aiding sensors that they provide.
Qualifications:  The ideal applicant will hold a Masters or PhD degree in an engineering or computer science related discipline combined with several years of experience implementing inertial navigation and related optimal estimation solutions. A sound background with C++ programming is mandatory. Experience with MATLAB and computer vision algorithms is helpful but not mandatory.


Position 2: Robotics Specialist
Specialty: System Identification and Optimal Estimation
Description: Project assignments will include continued development of real-time system identification algorithms for calibrating kinematic and dynamic models of wheeled vehicles and manipulators. Secondary assignments include use of such models for applications in model predictive control, guidance, and simulation applications.
Qualifications:  The ideal applicant will hold a Masters or PhD degree in an engineering or computer science related discipline combined with several years of experience implementing calibration solutions for kinematics and dynamics of manipulators or mobile robots – ideally in a real-time context. A sound background in MATLAB, C++ programming, and numerical methods is mandatory. Experience with machine learning, stochastic differential equations and formal system identification techniques are helpful but not mandatory.  
 
Position 3: Robotics Specialist
Specialty: Mapping and/or Scene Modeling
Description: Project assignments will include processing of range and color imagery acquired on a moving platform in order to construct a useful model of the environment. The model may be used for visualization, control, off-line testing, or simulation purposes. The work involves using computer vision to process sensor data into a world model and computer graphics for rendering the model for various purposes.
Qualifications:  The ideal applicant will hold a Masters or PhD degree in an engineering or computer science related discipline combined with several years of experience implementing nontrivial solutions that process lidar data and color data. A very sound background in C++ programming is mandatory. Some familiarity with 3D computer graphics will be helpful.
 
Position 4: Robotics Specialist
Specialty: Visual Motion Estimation
Description: Initial project assignments will include development of software technologies to implement visual pose refinement for lidar and camera data both with and without correspondence information. Later project assignments will include development of software technologies to implement vision-based localization including visual tracking, visual odometry, and visual SLAM.
Qualifications:  The ideal applicant will hold a Masters or PhD degree in an engineering or computer science related discipline combined with several years of experience implementing some of the following standard computer vision algorithms: identifying features, tracking features, pose refinement, mosaicking, mapping, recognition, stereo, structure from motion, and visual odometry. A very sound background in C++ programming is mandatory. Some experience in any of optimal estimation, inertial navigation, and computer graphics will be useful.
 
Position 5: Robotics Specialist
Specialty: Embedded Systems
Description: Initial project assignments will include development of embedded systems to support inertial navigation, pose estimation, mapping and vision work at NREC. Later assignments will involve the design and implementation of the next generation of embedded pose, control and perception systems.
Qualifications:  The ideal applicant will hold a Masters or PhD degree in an engineering or computer science related discipline combined with several years of experience in embedded systems design and electrical engineering. Sound experience with FPGA and microcontrollers is mandatory. A sound background in C/C++ programming is helpful.
All positions are permanent engineering positions with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute subject to a complete university benefits package including tuition reimbursement for continuing education.
All applicants will ideally possess a solid preparation for performing research, experience in the implementation of nontrivial applications, experience in software development as a member of a small team, and a strong interest in useful realization of the technology.
Please address all applications and inquiries to JOBS at REC.RI.CMU.EDU


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