Post-Doctoral Position - Robotics - School of Sustainable Design Engineering

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Position Type: 
Academic Opening
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Date of Posting: 
May 26, 2017
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
Post Doctoral Position - Robotics - School of Sustainable Design Engineering

The school of Sustainable Design Engineering (SSDE) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is seeking a highly-qualified applicant for a post-doctoral position in robotics with a focus on socially aware robot navigation systems. The UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering is devoted to developing engineers with exceptional design and professional skills combined with a global perspective—engineers who are broadly capable, globally and socially aware, creative, communicative, and entrepreneurial. Our graduates are ready from day one to provide sustainable solutions to meet the challenges of our world. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

A candidate for this post-doctoral fellowship must have a PhD or is going to obtain a PhD in robotics related disciplines by the start of employment. The potential candidate should have a demonstrated record of scholarship and a track record of excellence in research. The candidate should have solid background in mathematics, excellent programming and software engineering skills. Outstanding hands-on skills on real mobile robotic platforms, strong computational and problem solving skills, and high level of analytical ability are highly expected. We particularly welcome a candidate with intensive research experiences in perception, motion planning and control, and machine learning.

The selected applicant must have

• A PhD in Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Vision, or Machine Learning
• Significant experiences in designing, developing and testing software for mobile robotic systems
• Excellent hands-on skills in Robot Operating System (ROS) and Point Cloud Library (PCL) and be conformably working in C++ and Matlab on Linux
• Extensive knowledge of RGB-D cameras and laser range scanners, sensor fusion, and probabilistic reasoning for human detection and tracking, and cognitive decision making
• Good knowledge and practical experiences in path planning, such as A*, D*, RRT, PRM, and motion control, such as dynamic window approach (DWA), reciprocal velocity obstacles (RVO), adaptive and feedback control
• A good publication record of scientific papers published in the top-tier journals and major conference in robotics and machine learning
• Ability to work effectively as a part of a multi-disciplinary research team, and to carry out independent individual research toward an organisational goal
• Advanced written and oral communication skills

The prospective candidate should have

• Commitment to social robotics in previous and current research projects
• Experiences in incorporating novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas
• Ability to manage research projects, and experience of working under strict deadlines in a highly performing team
• Experiences in scientific writing for preparation of scientific papers for publication and presentations for meetings and/or conferences
• Willingness of cooperating and supporting other researchers in the research lab
• Experiences in supervising undergraduate students

This post-doctoral assignment is for 3 years.  A competitive post-doctoral stipend will be funded on a per annum basis for the duration of the assignment. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and samples of scientific works. The successful applicant will be expected to start in the position as soon as possible. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Trung Dung Ngo (

Applications should be sent electronically to:
Dr. Trung Dung Ngo
The More-Than-One Robotics Laboratory
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 4P3

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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