Maryland Robotics Center Post-Doctoral Associate

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 349292018
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Maryland Robotics Center Post-Doctoral Associate
Category Status: 37-Faculty, Non-Tenured, Non-Regular
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.0
Unit: ENGR-Institute for Systems Research
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Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, recently launched the MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. For this program, we are seeking multiple candidates whose research interests fit into one of the following themes:

1. Human-robot interaction: Acceleration of the development and use of robots that work beside or cooperatively with people; research on how robots can collaborate effectively with humans or other robots, how they can perceive, plan, act, and learn in uncertain, real-world dynamic environments, how they can operate safely, robustly, and reliably in complex environments with humans, and how they can learn to be personalized in their interactions with people; rehabilitation science and robotics including those areas that address issues for aging and disabled population groups; novel uses of augmented and virtual reality in the context of human-robot interaction. Applications may include health care robots, exoskeleton, home companion robots, robotic co-workers in manufacturing, etc.

2. Bio-inspired, autonomous systems: Autonomy as applied to sensors and actuators, communications, command and control, and the understanding of the basis for autonomous decisions; new biological insights into complex kinematics and enabling mechanisms of air, ground, underwater systems; bio-inspired highly-maneuverable platforms and algorithms for control and decision-making; miniature autonomous robotic systems, sensors and actuators to enable real-time autonomy (e.g., obstacle recognition and avoidance, mission planning) for land, air, and underwater systems.

3. Cyber-physical systems design and digital fabrication: Emerging robotics and autonomy technologies are transforming design and manufacturing. Particular areas of interest are systems modeling and design, physics-based modeling and simulation, information representation and interoperability, and new paradigms for human-robot collaboration throughout the manufacturing lifecycle.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field by the expected start date of June 1, 2018. Applicants should be outstanding, intellectually curious researchers at an early stage in their scholarly career. 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 encourage women and minority candidates to apply.


1. Select one of the three themes (Human-robot interaction; Bio-inspired, autonomous systems; Cyber-physical systems design and digital fabrication) and clearly state it in the application.

2. Applicant’s CV including publication list.

3. One-to-two-page description of the proposed research that should include a clear statement of objectives and of the significance and expected impact of the proposed research.

4. Three letters of recommendation, including one preferably from the applicant’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to 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 the materials as a single file (pdf format required) named Applicant’s LastName_MRCFY18FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY18 POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. The application and questions should be directed to: The application window is open through April 2, 2018.


Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the applicant and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact. Applicants are not required to contact MRC faculty members in order to identify advisors. Selected candidates will be paired with faculty advisors from the Center. The 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 advisors and their research group.

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Additional Information:

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 provided.

Applicants should submit all the materials as a single file (pdf format required) named Applicant’s LastName_MRCFY18FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY18 POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. The application and questions should be directed to: The application window is open from February 13, 2018 through April 2, 2018.
Posting Date: 02/13/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/02/2018
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The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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