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Running Robot Control System Engineer


We are seeking a control system engineer, who has extensive experience developing control systems for running robots, to be part of the IHMC FastRunner robot team. The ideal candidate must be passionate about legged robots, dedicated to writing clean, readable software, and have a PhD degree, with thesis focused on legged robots. Candidate should have experience with standard control theory, robot kinematics, dynamics, and control concepts, and object oriented programming. Applicants must have good communication and documentation skills, and thrive in both a team and individual environment. The preferred applicant will be looking for a 12 to 24 month Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, but we will also consider other full time applicants.

Minimum requirements for the successful candidate:

  • PhD degree, with PhD thesis focused on legged robots
  • 2 years of experience developing control algorithms for real robot hardware
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Experience in C, C++, or Java, with the ability to become highly proficient in Java

    • Develop running algorithms for the IHMC FastRunner robot (http://ihmc.us/fastrunner). Implement these algorithms in both simulation and on real hardware. Debug algorithms and hardware. Investigate abstract models of running that help to explain self- stabilizing properties of FastRunner. Develop a recipe for tuning FastRunner parameters. Contribute to design and control ideas for next generation of FastRunner robots. Write and publish conference or journal papers.

      To Apply: Email the following to Visit robotjobs@ihmc.us with the subject line FastRunner2012:

      1. Resume
      2. Description of a running robot that you wrote a control algorithm for. Include a link to a web page or YouTube video showing your robot.
      3. One or two published papers in which you were a significant author.
      4. One to two page essay describing why you want to be a developer of control algorithms for legged robots, what makes you qualified, and what you see as the major challenges to achieving legged robots that are as capable as their biological counterparts.
      5. Email address of two references.
        1. Practice Description

          Applicants not submitting all of the required application materials will not be considered. Updates to this announcement may appear at http://www.ihmc.us/robotjobs.

          Application Deadline: Open until filled

          IHMC is an EEO/AA Employer

          Client Description

          IHMC is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities.

          Researchers at IHMC pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. Our human-centered approach often results in systems that can be regarded as cognitive or perceptual prostheses, much as eyeglasses are a sort of ocular prosthesis. These systems fit the human and machine components together in ways that exploit their respective strengths and mitigate their respective weaknesses. The design and fit of computational prostheses require a broader interdisciplinary range than is typically found in one organization, thus IHMC staff includes computer scientists, cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, physicians, philosophers, engineers and social scientists of various stripes, as well as some people who resist all attempts to classify them.

          Current active research areas include: knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, robotics, advanced interfaces and displays, communication and collaboration, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, and other related areas.

          IHMC faculty and staff collaborate extensively with industry and government to develop science and technology that can be enabling with respect to society's broader goals. IHMC researchers receive funding from a wide range of government and private sources. IHMC research partners have included: DARPA, NSF, NASA, Army, Navy, Air Force, NIH, IARPA, DOT, IDEO, Raytheon, IBM, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Lockheed, and SAIC, among others.

          Location Description

          Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL

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