Postdoctoral Appointee-Autonomous Controls in Robotics

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7054694 (Ref.No. 664964)
Posted: December 7, 2018

Job Description

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : **Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?** We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to lead and support developing novel autonomous behavior and control solutions for robotic, unmanned and mechatronic systems for national security applications. You will need to work as part of multidisciplinary teams doing cutting edge research and technology development to support our nation’s security needs. Your responsibilities will include developing and demonstrating novel algorithms for autonomous behaviors and for the control of a variety of mechatronic systems. You will conduct your work in a team environment devoted to developing and fielding novel robots and autonomous control systems. Your duties will include executing technical work with excellence and may include participating in the development of competitive funding proposals, and publishing results in peer reviewed journals.

+ You will bring a PhD in Electrical / Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, or similar, focusing on algorithm development, perception, or control systems; degree will have been conferred within 5 years of beginning this assignment + Your experience includes developing algorithms with relevance to autonomous system behaviors, advanced perception, or control systems + You will have experience in developing software applications, particularly with a focus on implementation on hardware or realistic simulation platforms + You can obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Your background should include experience with: + Dynamic systems modeling and/or optimization + Machine learning and/or object classification / target recognition + Developing novel robotic or unmanned systems

Department Description:

The Robotics/Counter Robotics department specializes in autonomous operations of unmanned systems, advanced controls, miniature mechanical design and fabrication, advanced drive system development and cybernetic systems. Our autonomous systems capabilities focus on dynamic, tactical operations in adversarial environments, with a current focus on active, autonomous perception. The teams’ advanced controls capabilities include distributed control of heterogeneous cooperative systems, real-time control of dynamic systems, and control implementation on hardware. Our advanced drive system development capabilities include energy efficient actuator design, variable output actuators for dynamic environments and intelligent actuators for complex, dynamic environments with elements of human-machine teaming. Our cybernetic capabilities include implantable sensors and neural interfaces, a dynamic prosthetic socket, a brain-emulating cognition and control architecture, and modular integrated Microsystems. There are opportunities to conduct state-of-the-art research and development in robotics, autonomous systems and related technologies.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance. Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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