[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc Position in Robotics and Vision Systems

Jekan Thanga jekan at asu.edu
Fri Aug 1 08:01:41 PDT 2014

Postdoctoral Position in Robotics and Vision Systems
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University

The Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral position in robotics and machine vision systems. Interest or experience in the field of ALife, Bayesian learning, control optimization and neural networks is a plus.

ASU's SpaceTREx Laboratory develops small spacecraft, robots and instruments for the exploration of extreme environments that would otherwise not be possible with conventional systems. The focus of this postdoctoral position is to develop new, neural network learning techniques towards exploration and robust control in uncertain environments. In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow will have an excellent opportunity to collaborate with scientists and engineering researchers on several space missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Curiosity. The postdoc will have many opportunities to present at leading conferences, submit to leading academic journals, mentor graduate students, write grants and provide technical leadership.

The SpaceTREx Laboratory contains state-of-the-art facilities to design, prototype and control small robots and spacecraft. The Laboratory has over 20 undergraduate, Master's and PhD students that work on several exciting projects, including the Asteroid Origins (AOSAT) Cubesat mission to be launched in 2015, asteroid In-situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies and distributed robotics for exploring caves and skylights. The laboratory works closely with collaborators at JPL, Planetary Resources, Ball Aerospace and Orbital Science, among others.

ASU is a top-ranked university, with a Planetary and Earth Exploration Program that ranks among the Top 20, according to US News World Reports. Department Literature (See http://space.asu.edu/sese_brochure.pdf; http://space.asu.edu/space_exploration_ASU.pdf). SpaceTREx is located at ASU's Tempe campus. Tempe (a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona) is uniquely positioned, with its warm weather throughout the year. Typical highs in winter range from (18 - 24 C or 64 - 75 F). Phoenix is the commercial and legislative capital of Arizona and has a large aerospace, electronics and optics sector. Phoenix has a large aerospace sector, with companies such as Orbital Sciences, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon and Honeywell. In addition, the outskirts of Phoenix host major microprocessor manufacturers, including Intel and Microchip. Phoenix is in one quadrant of the "Optics Silicon Valley," with a large ecosystem of opto-electronics manufacturers, observatories and research institutions.


*U.S. Citizenship (due to grant funding stipulation)
*A PhD in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, with experience in robotics, evolutionary algorithms or control optimization.
*Experience in neural networks, support vector machines or Bayesian networks.

Submission Package (assembled into a single pdf):
1) Cover Letter
2) Full CV
3) List of Relevant Publications

Applications must be submitted by August 30, 2014, via email (spacetrex at asu.edu). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

EEO/AA Policy

ASU SpaceTREx is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.


Jekan Thanga

Jekan Thanga, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory
School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)

Graduate Faculty - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
School of Energy Matter and Transport (SEMTE)
Graduate Faculty - Electrical Engineering
School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE)
Arizona State University

Tel: 480-727-2218
E-mail: jekan at asu.edu<mailto:jekan at asu.edu>
Web: space.asu.edu

Office: ISTB4, RM 673
781 E Terrace Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287-6004

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