[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two postdoc positions in Robotics @ Harvard

scottk@seas.harvard.edu scottk at seas.harvard.edu
Fri Jan 22 09:24:27 PST 2016

Dear colleagues,

The Harvard Agile Robotics Laboratory invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions (available immediately): 

1. Robust planning and control through contact. We are seeking a postdoc to lead a research thrust on robust dynamic motion planning and control algorithms for mobile manipulation. As part of a multi-year research effort in collaboration with PIs from Harvard, MIT, and Draper, this is a unique opportunity to collaborate with top researchers in the field and work with cutting-edge hardware. Candidates are expected to conduct creative and mathematically-rigorous research to advance the state of the art in robustly controlling systems that undergo intermittent frictional contact.

2. Adaptive control of soft exosuits. We are seeking a postdoc to lead development of online learning algorithms for soft exosuits (http://biodesign.seas.harvard.edu/soft-exosuits) in collaboration with the Harvard Biodesign Lab. Imagine a lightweight wearable device that learns to provide individualized assistance to the wearer on the fly. We're trying to make that happen. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in control and/or machine learning and be highly motivated make algorithms work on physical systems. Folks who are interested in sample-efficient policy search and/or Bayesian optimization algorithms should apply. This is a great opportunity to lead a new research direction on an exciting and high-profile experimental platform.

For both positions, a PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field is required. Candidates will be expected to conduct cutting-edge research, publish scholarly papers, and take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Applications (assembled as a single PDF file) should contain a complete CV, a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a complete list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be emailed to Scott Kuindersma (scottk at seas.harvard.edu) with the subject line “Postdoc application 2016”. Please make it clear in your cover letter which position you are interested in.

Positions are for 12 months with the possibility to renew. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Don’t hesitate to contact me by email if you have questions about either position.


Scott Kuindersma
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Computer Science
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

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