[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post doctoral position in mobile manipulation at U.T. Austin

Mitch Pryor mpryor at utexas.edu
Mon May 19 05:51:13 PDT 2014

The Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group (robotics.me.utexas.edu) at the
University of Texas at Austin is looking for one outstanding candidate to
fill a postdoctoral position in the area of mobile manipulation. The
appointment is for one year and renewable yearly by mutual agreement. The
candidate must have completed their degree within the last three years and
be a US citizen. The start date for the position is ideally September 1,

The successful candidate will have a PhD with an emphasis on robotics
within mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or
a related field. The candidate must be prepared to complete a security
background check to work in nuclear and/or government facilities.

A successful candidate will have completed a dissertation that is topical
to mobile manipulation and also must have extensive experience using ROS.
U.T. Austin has recently acquired a mobile manipulation system consisting
of a Husky mobile platform with two UR5 manipulators. More detail is
available on our web site.

The candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in developing new
capabilities for the platform relevant to our sponsor as well as coordinate
and mentor graduate/undergraduate research associates contributing to the
project. Key areas of interest are task planning, navigation, manipulation
in the presence of the uncertainty, and sensor (vision, IMU, radiation,
etc.) data fusion for visualization and decision making. The candidate will
also be expected to help maintain and coordinate collaboratively developed
software packages. Candidates will have the opportunity to propose and
pursue new and novel avenues for advancing the autonomy or manipulation
capabilities for this system.

To apply, email a single file containing your CV and a one page summary of
your research interests to mpryor at utexas.edu. Please keep the file below
2MB and use the subject line LANL Postdoc Application: Last name, First
name. Applications received by June 15, 2014 will receive full
consideration and applications will continue to be accepted until the
position is filled. For more information, visit robotics.me.utexas.edu.

Dr. Mitch Pryor
Research Scientist / Lecturer
University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-5182 wk
(512) 423-1685 cl

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