[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Multiple Postdoc Positions in Robotics and Control at the University of Florida in Gainesville

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Multiple Postdoc Positions in Robotics and Control at the University of Florida in Gainesville

Nelson,Kevin J
We are looking for multiple enthusiastic individuals to assume leadership roles as Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Professor Mohseni’s group at the University of Florida.  These positions will require individuals to work in marine/aerial robotics, bio-inspired underwater propulsion and sensing, robot localization, motion planning, multi-robot cooperation and networking, and soft robotics.  Candidates should have a strong background in theoretical analysis and hands-on experience in robot prototyping and testing.  Candidates with experience in visual guidance and signal processing are also welcome to apply.

These positions will involve work on one or more of the following research topics:

Topic 1: Bio-Inspired Propulsion, Sensing, and Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).
Our group has an extensive background leveraging in depth analysis of fluid structure interactions and system integration to identify specific techniques and behaviors of organisms allowing for exceptional maneuverability and understanding. In particular, we have analyzed propulsion mechanisms in squid and jellyfish, and sensory systems of fish and cephalopods to enhance AUV capabilities. For example, see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_IEEE-2DRALetters2018-2DKrieg.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=JTnZQk-XmMShq2fJfH5g5alIW4ZwX1n8V9uJU_hHbmg&e= and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_YimingLateralLine2016.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=Jc0FPYRCWKC9RF5BHeHgVVvHfThg8jkEwhFqBVDUa8E&e=.  You will be reverse engineering biological systems using analytical techniques and leading a group of graduate and undergraduate students working to further our understanding and implementation of natural solutions to complex problems.
Desired skills: Theoretical and experimental fluid dynamics, modeling and control of AUVs, AUV design and integration, familiarity with both additive and subtractive fabrication techniques, and good teamwork.

Topic 2: Underwater Localization and Multi-Robot Coordination in Severe Background Flows.
We are interested in novel navigation/localization solutions that help enhance the capabilities of AUVs in large-scale environmental sensing missions.  We address the critical issue of underwater localization during long-term missions and the associated problem of sensing the background flow of the surrounding fluid.  Another research focus is the coordination of multi-robot systems under the influence of strong geophysical circulations.  For an example of our previous work, see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_2017JOE-5FFlowAidedNav.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=gtsfxZa7gmPKK21u0mDl7CKW6pC0918Ug0KzTiY8puQ&e= and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_OceanEng2017SongLipinskiFuelOptimal.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=ry8LUYdjZjHCye41f_uMURGSk8v7hQaaQip2G6EF7y0&e=.  You will continue to address these issues both theoretically and experimentally in a multidisciplinary research environment.
Desired skills: sensor fusion for robot localization, control theory of AUVs and multi-agent systems, and experience with SLAM algorithms.

Topic 3: Micro-Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Control and Coordination.
We have recently discovered that the flow regimes of low-aspect-ratio, low-Reynolds-number, fixed-wing flyers are significantly different than large-aspect-ratio, high-Reynolds-number aircraft.  For example, we discovered that “roll stall” and resonant modes are associated with the jittery nature of small MAV flights.  In addition, lateral-longitudinal coupling exists in vehicle dynamics that needs to be properly addressed in controller design.  We have developed several generations of customized MAVs and autopilots (for example, see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_2017Bingler1-5FJAIS-5FDualRadio.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=hTet8yVU8qlDy8oFwng_YSlusMkNk1-S3u3Sq0Qbyos&e= and https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_IEEE-2DRALetters2018-2DMitikiri.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=-drq-1J6Qj0sOlssDSec-ZnLG7JQtA_oadhsUB_HPMQ&e=).
Desired skills: flight dynamics, experience in embedded systems and autopilots, MAV design and prototyping, multi-agent coordination and path planning, and control theory.

Topic 4: Modeling and Control of Soft Bodies.
Soft robotics has gained widespread interest due to decreased risk of interaction, higher tactile sensitivity, greater adaptability, etc. However, the fundamental differences from standard robotics that permit these advantages also create several challenges. Our group is addressing structural and manipulation challenges through novel reinforcement and distributed actuation strategies. Ultimately, this work will lead to both completely soft underwater vehicles and next generation adaptable manipulators for interacting with the environment.  This project requires a strong multi-disciplinary background. For an example of our preliminary work, see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_publications_MyPapers_CompositesSciTech2017-5FReinforcingFibre.pdf&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=TKZY7Dga_g-cYziDRV_zOd_Ha6fssh5iFVj5ZhR9E1M&e=.
Desired skills: continuum mechanics, control of under-actuated systems, soft-body prototyping, experience with high voltage circuits, and fluid dynamics.

For more information on any of these topics, refer to the “Marine and Aerial Robotics and Controls” section of our group website, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__enstrophy.mae.ufl.edu_research_-23robotics-5Fcontrols&d=DwIF-g&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=f9Cf_IYX6u4ybq2b1dgkOC0YzG-AJn2cP1E1V3Zxg_0&s=Ub4pPVNhh8RyHTnWLjcgArRpwNZ6Hvt3VEj3-ETAiIo&e=, or contact us directly.

How to apply:
Please send a single PDF file containing:
  1. Cover letter
  2. CV with a list of publications, skills, projects, etc
  3. Name and contact information of two academic references familiar with your recent work
Applications should be sent to Kevin Nelson ([hidden email]) and copy Prof. Kamran Mohseni ([hidden email]) with subject “Robotics PostDoc 2018”.
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