Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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About the Opportunity: The Institute for Experiential Robotics (IER) at Northeastern University focuses on the development of robots able to learn and adaptively execute autonomous behaviors from human partners and/or other robots. Experiential robotics identifies and studies use-driven research problems at the intersection of collective human-robot experience, including:
Safe and reliable manipulation of tools and objects
Machine learning for dexterous manipulation of novel objects
Bilateral learning in human-robot interaction
Robust inference of human intent
Advanced understanding of human movement
Secure and resilient autonomous systems
Personalized human-robot collaboration
Ethics of autonomous robots in support of humans
Adaptive robot navigation in human environments
Socioeconomic impact of collaborative robots on human work
Experiential robotics addresses these interdisciplinary research questions to advance the capabilities of autonomous robots to perform everyday tasks in collaboration with humans. Widespread adoption of autonomous robots in a broad range of human environments relies on robust robot performance and robots' ability to adapt to uncertainties inherent in everyday human experience, safety protocols, human comfort, and social factors.
Responsibilities: The primary duties of postdoctoral research associates at the Institute for Experiential Robotics 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 PIs with the preparation of scientific grant proposals for funding, lab management, and graduate student advising. Performs basic or applied research using existing theories and methods when appropriate, but also frequently takes the initiative to innovate when these are insufficient. Assists the supervisor in the interpretation and publication of results and grants. Maintains the laboratory and may exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff. Primary responsibility is ensuring that the research is complete.
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 at least two of the following areas are required: robotics, machine learning, human movement science, psychology, dynamics and control, cyber physical systems. Strong programming experience in at least one of the following is essential: Python, C++, Matlab. Experience in team-based software development and version control tools, such as GIT, are strongly desired. 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. 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.
Salary Grade: 10
Additional Information: Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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.