[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Postdoctoral position for robot learning from demonstration (Scott Niekum)

Scott Niekum sniekum at cs.utexas.edu
Mon Aug 15 12:21:01 PDT 2016

POSITION: Postdoctoral position for robot learning from demonstration

SUPERVISORS: Profs. Scott Niekum and Andrea Thomaz

Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Austin
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The Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab at UT Austin is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on multiple machine learning aspects of robot learning from demonstration.  Topics of interest include active learning, interactive perception, probabilistically “safe” learning, human-robot interaction, and deep learning for perception and natural language processing. 

This research will be conducted in collaboration with the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at UT as part of a new collaborative initiative focused on mobile manipulation in human environments.  In addition to performing research directly, the selected candidate will co-supervise graduate and undergraduate students to rapidly spearhead this initiative.  

This will be a 2-year position and requires a doctoral degree in computer science or a related field with expertise in robotics, machine learning, and strong programming skills. Hands-on experience developing robot systems is required, preferably having worked previously with mobile manipulators. Significant experience using C++, Python, Linux, and ROS is necessary.  The candidate must have excellent organizational and technical skills as well as excellent written and oral English communication skills. 

These positions are open immediately, and remain open until filled.  The preferred start date is Spring 2017, but is negotiable.  Please submit a CV, brief statement of research interests, and a list of three references (including email addresses) to sniekum at cs.utexas.edu <mailto:athomaz at ece.utexas.edu>.  Optionally, you may also include a link to relevant code samples, such as a Github repository or an open-source ROS packages you have released.


Scott Niekum 				
Assistant Professor				 
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Austin
2317 Speedway, Stop D9500
Austin, Texas 78712-1757 USA
sniekum at cs.utexas.edu <mailto:sniekum at cs.utexas.edu>

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