[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Immediately available open positions (postdocs and grad students) in robotics at Virginia Tech

Tomonari Furukawa tomonari at vt.edu
Fri Jul 27 08:28:14 PDT 2018

Multiple open positions (Postdocs, Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) and/or
Graduate Student Interns (GSIs)) will be available for robotics research at
Department of Mechanical Engineering in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University (known as Virginia Tech), USA immediately from Fall 2018. 

Computational Multiphysics Systems (CMS) Lab (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.me.vt.edu_cms&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=0IxzEig9_M8yxKzV7SoBZXDKIomj1bq3cks_Y42HPms&s=kgU1NZVjgskjN9AClGwriV9gwjFvAzWWRvZkZbwbcGQ&e=)
directed by Prof. Tomonari Furukawa, with a total of 20 postdocs and
graduate students, is a vibrant research lab conducting fundamental and
applied research in areas including robotics, autonomous vehicles and
multiphysics systems.  Prof. Furukawa also led the Virginia Tech's team for
DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in June 2015 and MBZIRC in March 2017 and is
leading the team again for MBZIRC2020.  

The positions newly open are sponsored by industry and US Government and
have the following topics
* Automated and human-assistive robotic package pick-and-place for
* Autonomous robotic harvesting in vineyards; 
* Legged autonomous multi-rotor helicopters; and
* Computer vision based localization and deformation measurement for cars in
crash tests.  

Essential qualifications/skills are 
1. MS in the robotics-related field such as mechanical engineering,
mechatronic engineering, electrical engineering and computer science; 
2. Proven record of publications in a relevant research field: At least one
international journal paper or two international conference papers 
3. Strong knowledge/experience in mechanical design,
mechatronics/electronics or ROS and C++/Python programming 

Applicants interested in GRA should be admitted to Ph.D program at Virginia
Tech from Fall 2018 or otherwise should start as a GSI.  The positions will
be filled as soon as appropriate applicants are identified, and priority is
given to those who can start the position immediately.  

Please send CV to Prof. Furukawa (tomonari at vt.edu). 

Virginia Tech is a public research university with a main campus in
Blacksburg, VA.  Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree
programs to some 29,373 students and manages a research portfolio of $513
million.  Departments in College of Engineering including Mechanical
Engineering is constantly ranked within top 20 in the US in graduate
research and education.  Robotics and autonomous systems research is
traditionally strong, and Virginia Tech was one of the few universities that
became a finalist in both the aforementioned DARPA Robotics Challenge in
2015 and DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007 (3rd place after CMU and Stanford). 

Tomo Furukawa 
Tomonari Furukawa, Ph.D 
Department of Mechanical Engineering , Virginia Tech 
635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA 
E-mail: tomonari at vt.edu, URL: www.me.vt.edu/cms/
Tel: 540-231-9311/2396 

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