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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 in virtualization of ROS platforms for cyber-physical systems. The selected candidate will participate in a funded research project whose goal is to provide meaningful models and simulators for cyber-physical systems (CPS) that support cloud-based simulation through the CPS Virtual Organization. The candidate must be an expert in robotics, especially the Robot Operating System (ROS) and have experience with physical ROS testbeds. The ideal candidate will have experience with both ground vehicles and quadrotor aircraft that are interfaced via ROS.

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.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for devising and supervising graduate students and 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.

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.

The candidate will be required to travel to support the project, and to participate in the organization and execution of the student competitions through weekly teleconferences, as well as traveling to the competition sites.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

The candidate must be proficient in: robotics; the Robot Operating System; MATLAB/Simulink implementation of controllers and simulations of behavior; systems theory including composition of linear and nonlinear ideal systems.

The candidate must have a strong capacity for independent work, and should have demonstrated or show promise in leading research teams. The candidate will be the primary project leader for the CPS VO Design Challenges that focus on student teams who submit models of their systems for the purpose of archiving data and models. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Expertise with ROS is required. The candidate will be working on both practical and theoretical aspects of control and simulation of robotic systems using code generation from MATLAB/Simulink.

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

Experience with physical ROS testbeds.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with both ground vehicles and quadrotor aircraft that are interfaced via ROS.

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 P20379
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
Email: sprinkle@ece.arizona.edu
Phone: 520-626-0737

Open Date 05/25/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 06/05/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  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?
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    • Other
  3. * Do you have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science, or a related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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