[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Maryland Robotics Center, University of Maryland

Ania Picard appicard at umd.edu
Mon Mar 9 08:30:07 PDT 2020

*The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College
Park*, is seeking multiple candidates for the *2020-2021 MRC Postdoctoral
Fellowship Program*.  Candidates’ research interests should fit into one or
more of the following eight research areas:


   Multi-robot Systems: bio-inspired robotics concepts, time-delayed
   robotics, robotic swarms, robotic cooperation under limited communication,
   distributed robotics, crowd and multi-agent simulation

   Medical Robotics: MRI-compatible surgical robotics, haptics-enabled AFM,
   exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and magnetic micromanipulation for drug

   Miniature Robotics: mesoscale robots; bio-inspired sensing, actuation,
   and locomotion; cell manipulation; and micro and nano manipulation

   Robotics for Extreme Environments: space robotics and autonomous
   deep-submergence sampling systems

   Autonomous Unmanned Systems: micro air vehicles, unmanned sea surface
   vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and planetary surface rovers; robot
   motion planning

   Bioinspired Robotics: Robots inspired by biological forms; bio-inspired
   design and manufacturing, artificial muscles, adaptive control of
   bio-inspired robots, biosensors, soft robots, swarming, co-robotics,
   multifunctional materials and structures, biomaterials, biolocomotion,
   energy harvesting, autonomy, humanoid robots, modular robots

   Cognitive Robotics: endowing a robot with intelligent behavior by
   providing it with a processing architecture that allows it to learn and
   reason about how to behave in response to complex goals in a complex world.
   Cognitive robots integrate perception, cognition and action

   Human-Robot Interaction: Human-robot collaboration, human behavior
   modeling, human-robot communication, learning and cognition, planning and
   re-planning, management of trust and its effects on collaboration

Applicants should be outstanding, intellectually curious researchers at an
early stage in their scholarly career. Applicants are required to have
received a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field by
the expected *start date of* July 1, 2020. Applicants should have
demonstrated a capacity for independent work. We recognize that strength
comes through diversity and actively seek and welcome people with diverse
backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We especially encourage women and
minority candidates to apply.

Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the applicant and the
quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact.
Prior to applying, applicants are required to contact an MRC faculty member
<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://robotics.umd.edu/faculty__;!!LIr3w8kk_Xxm!-0RpJF-R_6NmL7crGWKTDt3hRxcTADkGiQBDbjesBiScSppGN7Ib7GpyStutQvp6mc8GM5EV$ > in order to identify a prospective
postdoctoral mentor. MRC postdoctoral fellows will have access to the full
range of talent and resources available at the Maryland Robotics Center and
will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Center faculty in addition
to their postdoctoral faculty advisor and their research group.

We expect to offer multiple fellowship positions with funding guaranteed
for one year. Renewing beyond the first year is subject to funding
availability and performance.  Competitive salary and benefits will be


1. A letter of interest from the applicant clearly stating one or more
research areas listed above and a 1-2 page description of the proposed
research.  The research proposal should include the name of the
postdoctoral advisor (see #3), the title of the research project, statement
of objectives, and anticipated contributions to the state of the art.

2. Applicant’s CV including publication list.

3. A letter of endorsement from a faculty member of the Maryland Robotics
Center who will advise the MRC Fellow. See robotics.umd.edu for a list of
MRC faculty.

4. Three letters of recommendation, including one preferably from the
applicant’s Ph.D. thesis advisor, to be sent directly to robotics at umd.edu
with the candidate’s name as the subject. The letter should provide
detailed assessments of the applicant’s qualifications and potential for
innovative, ground-breaking independent research.

Applicants should submit all application materials other than the
recommendation letters as a single pdf file named Applicant’s
LastName_MRCFY21FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY21 POSTDOC
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. The letter of endorsement from an MRC faculty
member should be included in the pdf file application. The application and
questions should be sent to robotics at umd.edu. *For best consideration,
please submit application materials by April 2.*

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