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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department Electrical and Computer Engr (2303)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to apply for a Research position to work at the intersection of Computer Science and Control Systems. The selected candidate will participate in a funded research project whose goal is to develop new science for cyber-physical systems (CPS) using an application of real-time control. The candidate must be proficient in control theory and nonlinear model-predictive control with demonstrated theoretical competency shown through formal proofs of system properties. The ideal candidate will also have expertise with using or programming software-based implementations of control, and have experience with the Robotic Operating System (ROS), which enables implementation of the theory using practical tools and methods on autonomous aerial and ground vehicles.

The position is within the Compositional Systems Laboratory (CSL), which focuses in application of model-based design tools in Cyber-Physical Systems: notably, CSL has 5 current projects funded by NSF in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems. The chief testbed of CSL is the CAT Vehicle, a full-sized Ford Escape that is actuated to be controllable through ROS. In addition, the CSL participates in the organization of regular undergraduate opportunities with this testbed through an NSF REU Site, and has publicly released the testbed simulation software. Additional lab testbeds and sponsored competitions include quadrotor aircraft which operate through ROS-based modules.

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Duties & Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for supervising graduate students and devising student projects, as well as undergraduate students who are experts in software control of physical platforms. The candidate is expected to help maintain and operate the CAT Vehicle testbed, including supervision of teams who operate the publicly available simulator. The candidate is expected to provide support to lab infrastructure with respect to organizing and executing student competitions in the areas of ground vehicles and aerial vehicles.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

The ability to plan the implementation of a long-term project, including incremental testing and validation of behaviors in both software and on a physical platform is expected.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related discipline.

The candidate should be proficient in: nonlinear control theory, especially model-predictive control including how to construct proofs of the properties of such systems, limitations of implementation; MATLAB/Simulink implementation of controllers and simulations of behavior; systems theory including composition of linear and nonlinear ideal systems, and system identification fundamentals.

The candidate must have a strong capacity for independent work, and should have demonstrated or show promise in leading research teams. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and are expected to contribute to the literature through the regular publication of research results of the research project and related projects in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

Expertise/experience with nonlinear control theory and nonlinear model-predictive control are required. The candidate will be working on both practical and theoretical aspects of switched control systems using code generation from MATLAB/Simulink and potentially writing custom code generators.

Applicants must have published work in peer-reviewed conferences or journals well known in the area of control systems, or have submitted these papers and can provide a strong recommendation from their advisor who has published such results in the field of control systems.

Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $55,000 Annually (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20290
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Jonathan Sprinkle
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Arizona
Phone: 520-626-0737

Open Date 11/08/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 11/18/2016
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement
Quick Link for Internal Postings

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents