[robotics-worldwide] Humanoid Robotics Opportunities at RoMeLa

Dennis W. Hong dhong at vt.edu
Fri Sep 14 12:21:28 PDT 2012


General Information:
RoMeLa, the Robotics and Mechanisms Lab at Virginia Tech, is seeking highly motivated, team-oriented applicants for graduate and post-doctoral positions in the research and development of humanoid robots. 

RoMeLa has multiple state-of-the-art robotics projects funded by DARPA, ONR, and NSF, including work on a humanoid hazardous environment robot. We are accepting applications for Software, Simulation, Electrical, Embedded Systems, Mechanical and Controls Engineers. 

Additional information for available positions can be found below. Applicants should email their CV to romela at vt.edu.

Dr. Dennis Hong

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[Software Engineer / Simulation Engineer]

Functions:
- Contribute to software architecture for robot communications, control and motion planning
- Integrate software framework with Gazebo simulator
- Develop accurate sensor and actuator models in simulation
- Assist with device driver, communications and networking development in Linux
- Assist with hardware/software integration and robot testing

Required Qualifications:
- Bachelorís or higher degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a related field
- 3-5 years of experience with C++ programming and Linux systems. An emphasis will be placed on applicantís proficiency in C++.
- 1-3 years of experience with robotics, motion planning, dynamics and/or control theory
- 1-3 years of experience in team-oriented software development 
- Experience with robotic simulators such as Gazebo or dynamics engines such as Bullet or ODE
- Experience implementing software on physical robots and/or realtime control systems 
- Proficiency developing and testing Linux hardware drivers and networks
- Lua programming or 3D graphics experience is a plus but not required
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[Electrical Engineer / Embedded Systems Engineer]

Functions:
- Design embedded electronics for custom actuator and sensor devices
- Contribute to development of power and/or motor controller subsystems
- Assist in firmware development for robotic hardware peripherals
- Assist with hardware/software integration and robot testing

Required Qualifications:
- Bachelorís or higher degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related field
-  3-5 years of experience in the design and debugging custom PCBs
- Digital and analog design experience
- Knowledge of power electronics and/or DC motor control
- Experience in embedded software development
- Strong C programming skills
- Experience programming in a Linux environment

Preferred Qualifications:
- Real time control system experience
- Familiarity with CAN or embedded communications
- Knowledge of robotics theory, motion planning, dynamics and/or control theory
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[Robotics Controls Engineer]

Functions:
- Design and implement robust control algorithms for humanoid robotics platforms including:
- Dynamic locomotion
- Whole body manipulation
- Motion planning for complex dynamic behaviors
- Impedance control of robotic actuators
- Assist with hardware/software integration and robot testing

Required Qualifications:
- Bachelorís or higher degree in a robotics related field
- 3-5 years of experience in controls
- 1-3 years of experience working with robotics hardware 
- 1-3 years of experience with dynamic walking or whole body manipulation 
- Strong C++ programming and/or Lua experience
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[Mechanical Engineer]

Functions:
- Contribute to mechanical design of robotic platform
- Develop and test novel actuator and transmission designs
- Assist with modeling dynamic systems and implementing feedback control algorithms
- Assist with hardware/software integration and robot testing

Required Qualifications:
- Bachelorís or higher degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field
- 3-5 years of experience in mechanical design preferably with robotic systems
- Working knowledge of robotics, dynamics, and control theory
- 3-5 years of experience with CAD and CAM
- 3-5 years of experience in machining and fabrication with at least 1-3 years of experience with CNC machining

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience designing high-performance, complex moving assemblies
- Ability to apply innovative mechanical solutions
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