[robotics-worldwide] Open positions in Unmanned Vehicles, Sensors, and Wireless Networks

Dezhen Song dzsong at cs.tamu.edu
Thu Feb 2 21:45:57 PST 2012

Texas A&M is creating a mobile, modular, distributed instrument for 
conducting multidisciplinary research in disaster response. The instrument 
will consist of components in four core areas: unmanned systems; imaging, 
chemical, radiological and wearable sensors; wireless networks; and 
human-robot interaction. The research instrument will be suitable for use 
in three types of incidents: (1) urban building and bridge collapse, (2) 
radiological or chemical spills, and (3) terrorist attacks. Disaster City, 
a 52-acre training facility for emergency response professionals, is 
located adjacently to Texas A&M.

We are seeking two associate research engineers to be responsible for the 
testing, integration and software development of the equipment and its 

The first position seeks an engineer with hardware and embedded systems 
experience. Duties of this position include: (i) installing and 
integrating commercial equipment such as robots, sensors, and wireless 
networks, including writing drivers and user interfaces as needed; (ii) 
assisting with the development of custom hardware to support research 
activities, including the integration of multiple hardware components; 
(iii) maintaining the instrument, which includes storing, charging, 
repairing, and sending components for manufacturer repairs. A candidate 
with strong hands on hardware experience is desirable, with the ability to 
combine multiple hardware systems, e.g., robots and sensors, and 
successfully making them work in real-world environments.

The second position seeks a software engineer/computer scientist with 
software and integration experience. Duties of this position include: (i) 
assisting in the development of software support of individual commercial 
components such as robots, sensors, and wireless networks; (ii) developing 
custom software middleware that integrates these different components, 
allowing for users to operate multiple components simultaneously; (iii) 
Developing a custom easy-to-use software interface for the end user that 
allows the operation of different components of the system, and 
combinations thereof, without the user having technical knowledge of the 
individual components and (iv) training users on safe use of equipment and 
assisting in field operations.

Candidates should have a bachelor's degree in a technical field, or an 
equivalent combination of relevant training and experience. The applicant 
must have actual experience integrating hardware and software in complex 
systems such as robotics, sensors and networked systems, along with 
demonstrated experience and ability to work in teams, and project 
management skills. Outdoor field work, such as participating in a DARPA 
grand challenge team or AUVSI competition or conducting demonstrations 
with DoD users, is also desirable.

This position is funded for 1 year, with a competitive salary commensurate 
with experience plus Visa sponsorship. Applications will be reviewed as 
they are received on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please 
contact Ms. Kimberly Mallett 
(kimberly at cse.tamu.edu<mailto:kimberly at cse.tamu.edu>) for a full 
description of the position or additional information.

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