[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Research Position at MIT: Modeling and Control of Robotic Vehicle-Terrain Interaction

Karl Iagnemma kdi at MIT.EDU
Tue May 13 12:50:13 PDT 2014

Postdoctoral Research Position at MIT: Modeling and Control of Robotic 
Vehicle-Terrain Interaction

The Robotic Mobility Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of 
modeling and control of vehicle-terrain interaction of robotic systems, 
including wheeled, tracked, and legged systems. Applicants should have a 
Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, applied physics, or a related 
scientific or engineering field.  Strong experimental skills are a must. 
Experience with terrain modeling/terramechanics, through FEA, DEM, or 
semi-empirical (i.e. Bekker-Wong) models is also desired.

The successful candidate will join a research group that investigates 
principles of vehicle-terrain engineering for various applications, 
including work in support of the ongoing NASA MSL (Curiosity rover) 
mission. Other work focuses on design and optimization of running gear 
to improve robot and vehicle locomotion performance, and designing novel 
experiments to explore the properties of material failure at various 
scales, under various conditions (including, for example, partial 
gravity). Work also focuses on the design of control systems to maximize 
vehicle performance in challenging terrain.

The position is available from September, 2014 for a period of 12 
months, with a possible extension. The start date is somewhat flexible. 
The position offers competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants should send a cover letter that briefly describes their 
background and career plans, a CV, copies of up to three relevant 
publications, and the names and contact information for three 
references.  These documents should be submitted as PDF attachments to 
Dr. Karl Iagnemma (kdi at mit.edu).


Karl Iagnemma, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Robotic Mobility Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 35-237a
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
tel: (617) 452-3262 fax: (617) 253-1556
email: kdi at mit.edu

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