[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc position in underwater tactile sensor skins at the University of California, Los Angeles

Veronica Santos vjsantos at ucla.edu
Thu Nov 15 22:57:35 PST 2018

The Biomechatronics Lab within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dept. at UCLA seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to join its research team
immediately for a new project involving the marinization of multimodal
tactile sensor skins and machine learning-based haptic perception.  The
research is experimentally intensive and requires the ruggedization and
testing of elastomeric, microfluidic liquid metal sensors for underwater
environments.  The successful candidate will work closely with our project
collaborators at the University of Washington (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__posner.uw.edu_&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AnBPDHLzAm7BnwR_tyehDKw06IJKA0pGddEmFhBIZqE&s=FfshK81PFC1Rw8787SonFQ9nz2BHLQITSWhAjXiCSRM&e=) and
RE2 Robotics (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.resquared.com&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AnBPDHLzAm7BnwR_tyehDKw06IJKA0pGddEmFhBIZqE&s=Da02cM0Ahlq7B1SS75Z7NC0i2yqA9I5r4Fnc1fuiiGA&e=).

*** MINIMUM requirements:
    - Ph.D. degree in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science,
Electrical Engineering or equivalent
    - Excellent oral and written communication skills
    - Proficiency in the testing and implementation of tactile sensor
    - Proficiency in data acquisition and the debugging of
hardware-software systems
    - Proficiency with machine learning techniques
    - Proficiency with computer languages such as C/C++ and Python, and
experience with ROS and higher-level libraries (e.g. TensorFlow, Caffe,
    - Initiative to identify and solve novel research problems
    - Experience with managing teams of students and timely achievement of
project milestones on a rigorous schedule

*** PREFERRED experience:
    - Expertise in packaging sensors and electronics for harsh underwater
    - Expertise in underwater robotics
    - Expertise in acquiring and processing multimodal sensor data
(computer vision, tactile, proprioceptive)
    - Expertise in the development and implementation of real-time, sensory
feedback-driven controllers on robot hardware for reach, grasp, and
    - Expertise in computer-based human-machine interfaces and shared
autonomy systems

The Biomechatronics Lab is dedicated to improving quality of life by
enhancing the functionality of artificial hands and their control in
human-machine systems.  We leverage expertise in human biomechanics,
tactile sensing, machine learning-based haptic perception, and sensory
feedback-driven control of semi-autonomous robotic systems.  For more
information, please visit https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__BiomechatronicsLab.ucla.edu&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AnBPDHLzAm7BnwR_tyehDKw06IJKA0pGddEmFhBIZqE&s=LK04-uQ2PFZQzu8OpbYCEQ3vzKzpyRU5H5MrMIhX8_c&e=.

*** HOW TO APPLY:  Only electronic applications will be accepted.
Applicants should send an email to vjsantos at ucla.edu with the subject line
"Postdoc App: Tactile Sensor Skins".  The email should contain a SINGLE PDF
attachment titled "LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf" that includes the following:
cover letter, CV, names and contact information for a minimum of three
references, and a minimum of one recent publication demonstrating expertise
relevant to the Postdoctoral Scholar position.  Competitive candidates will
be contacted for an interview.  Applications will be accepted until the
position is filled.

*** The University of California 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, disability, age or protected
veteran status.  Additional information on policies and benefits that
pertain to the Postdoctoral Scholar position is available at

Veronica J. Santos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Affiliate Faculty of Bioengineering
Director of the UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory
University of California, Los Angeles
420 Westwood Plaza
Engineering IV, Rm. 37-140
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1597
Office: (310) 825-2125     Fax:  (310) 206-2302
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