Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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About the Opportunity: The SiliconSynapse Laboratory at Northeastern University (NEU) directed by Professor Ramezani has a postdoctoral research associate (postdoc) position available immediately. This postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with other research groups at the Experiential Robotics Institute (https://www.northeastern.edu/robotics/), in particular Cognitive Systems Laboratory directed by Professor Deniz Erdogmus. The postdoc is expected to lead and take part in teams of researchers focusing on several projects simultaneously, working on locomotion legged systems to improve the control of these robots and provide guidelines for improving the design of future robots. Models of legged machines are fundamentally hybrid in nature, with phases modeled by ordinary differential equations interleaved with discrete transitions and reset maps. Stable walking and running correspond to the design of asymptotically stable periodic orbits in these hybrid systems and not equilibrium points.
Responsibilities: The primary duties of Postdoctoral Research Associate at the lab include the advancement of the state of the art in theory and practice in designated research areas, the preparation and execution of experimental paradigms and experiments to test proposed approaches; preparation of scientific publications for dissemination of research results in scholarly venues; assisting the Principal Investigator(s) with the preparation of scientific grant proposals for funding, lab management, and graduate student advising.
Qualifications: Must have a PhD or equivalent, as well as expertise in scientific areas specified in the position announcement; be able to undertake full-time research or scholarship; work under the supervision of a senior scholar. Strong theoretical foundations in all of these areas are required: nonlinear control theory, numerical modeling, optimization theory and methods. Excellent command of spoken and written English, as well as demonstrated ability to execute independent research that has resulted in high quality published articles in respected scholarly journals and conferences in fields relevant to this position description are also required.
Preferred Qualifications: Strong programming experience in all of these is essential: Python, C++, Matlab. Strong experience in embedded control systems, controller deployment on robotic platforms and experiment-guided study of robotic system are strongly desired. Experience in team-based software development and version control tools, such as GIT, are strongly desired
Salary Grade: 10
Additional Information: The salary will be commensurate with background and experience. Postdoctoral Research Associates will receive full benefits that Northeastern University offers in accordance with the position and appointment term. Multi-year contract renewals are possible. A minimum commitment of 2 years is desired from the candidates. Continuation and renewals, including possible promotion, depend on sustained excellence in meeting the duties and expectations, as well as availability of funds.
In addition to your online application, please submit (1) academic CV, (2) statement of research background and purpose, (3) copies of select published or accepted papers, (4) contact information for at least 3 references. Documents and/or questions should be addressed to Professors Alireza Ramezani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.