[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral position in long-term multi-robot deployments at USC

Nora Ayanian ayanian at usc.edu
Thu Mar 23 12:23:58 PDT 2017

Postdoctoral position in planning and optimization for long-term multi-robot deployments at the University of Southern California Automatic Coordination of Teams (ACT) Lab: act.usc.edu

**Project Description**
Robots on long-term deployments face challenges of limited on-board power and degradation of resources. While these robots can return to a base to charge or refresh their other resources, this wastes time and energy, which may be undesirable when only a few of the robots exist. Instead, these resources can be exchanged and refreshed by cheaper, faster robots in order to minimize down-time. This project explores the fundamental planning and optimization challenges of this problem. While this will be the main project for the position, the ideal candidate will work concurrently on other projects in our lab, including the Crazyswarm, assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students, work with industrial and academic collaborators, publish in leading conferences and  journals, and be creative in identifying new challenges.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in engineering, computer science, operations research, mathematics, or related areas, and a **strong background in planning and/or optimization**. Direct experience with robot hardware is not necessary, and is not a focus of this position.

Additional qualifications for the position include:
- strong track record in education and research;
- proficiency in English writing and speaking;
- capacity to mentor younger researchers, such as Ph.D. and M.S. students in research;
- desire and ability to take on leadership responsibilities.

The expected duration of the position is one year, with a possible extension to two years or more. Email a SINGLE PDF document including a brief cover letter describing research interests and goals, CV, transcript, the names and contact information for at least three references, and up to three representative publications to Prof. Nora Ayanian, ayanian at usc.edu, with subject “Postdoctoral position in Long-term Deployments”. Applications submitted prior to April 15 will receive full consideration.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.


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