Postdoctoral Research Associate - Aaron Johnson Lab - Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2017877
In Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), our faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in sophisticated manufacturing, bioengineering, computational engineering, energy and the environment, product design, and robotics. In addition, they are using their expertise in interdisciplinary research centers across the university.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Aaron Johnson Lab at MechE. In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and/or advised research to achieve the objectives of the research project. This position will require an in depth knowledge of a specialized field, process, or subject area and may involve coordinating and implementing complex research plans, the development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports which contain descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. You will acquire the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of your choosing. Your responsibilities will include developing control and planning algorithms to enable greater autonomy for environmental monitoring robots. Conduct research on design and controls for legged locomotion and other robotic applications and other tasks that are assigned to you.
The Johnson lab researches how to craft intelligent interactions between a robot and its environment with a focus on taking robots out of the lab and factory and into the real world. The lab's interests include novel robot design, behavior design, controller design, platform design, as well as complex transitions, contact, physics-based planning, bio-inspired robotics, robot vision, actuator modeling, and robot ethics. The robots have been tested in the Mojave Desert, power plants, a coal mine, and on various military bases.
Core responsibilities include:
* Develop control and planning algorithms to enable greater autonomy for environmental
* Monitoring robots
* Conduct research on design and controls for legged locomotion and other robotic applications
* Integrate novel sensors for identifying contaminated soils
* Write reports and handle the sponsored research project
* Mentor students in the lab
* Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field
* A research focus on planning, learning, controls, and/or design of mobile robots
* Successful Background check
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