Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Project Deep

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
29 May 2023
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


The Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) at New York University Abu Dhabi invites applicants to apply for the open Postdoc position in the Project Deep Learning for Robotic Human Augmentation.

CAIR invites qualified applicants with a doctorate degree in the areas of electrical, or computer, or mechanical engineering, or related field to apply. A strong publication record is encouraged and previous experience in areas such as Deep learning, Neurorobotic systems, Assistive technologies, Robotic prostheses, Exoskeletons, Electromyography, and Embedded systems development is desired. The position is open to PhDs with background in robotics, robotic prostheses, AI, and/or controls. The candidate is expected to work in a highly collaborative multi-disciplinary environment with other post-doctoral associates, PhD and undergraduate students, as well as faculty members. It is expected that applicants have a strong publication record in the aforementioned areas.  The applicants are also expected to have strong analytical, communication, and writing skills.

The successful applicant will work on several projects including development of methodologies for human motor augmentation using autonomous robotic systems and deep machine learning. This will include development of approaches to decode peripheral response (e.g., using high-density electromyography, i.e., HD-EMG) of the human nervous system using sparse training data for multiple purposes including: (a) immersive interaction with robots in mixed-autonomy and tele-operation applications; (b) intelligent robotic prostheses for neurorehabilitation and human augmentation. As part of this work, the successful applicant will also work on development of prosthetics-based methods to integrate EMG-based human-robot interaction as an additional modality of input to support computer vision for environment perception and tele-operation to enable immersive and embodied control in inaccessible or hostile environments. The algorithmic development will need to take into account various real-world aspects including sensory constraints (both spatial and temporal), sensor noise, and network communication latency. The work will include algorithm design, prototype implementation (e.g., in Matlab/Python), deployment (to embedded computational hardware using the Robot Operating System), and experimental testing (on robotic prosthesis and human-robot interface systems).

A solid competency with the standard implementation tools used in robotic and embedded systems (e.g., C, C++, Linux, MATLAB, Python, Deep Learning software, Robot Operating System) is required.

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with full publication list, degree transcript, statement of research interests, and at least two letters of reference, all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email Professor S. Farokh Atashzar at or Antonios Tzes at

About CAIR:

The Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) is a leading research center led by Profs. Tzes, Khorrami, and LeCun as Director and Co-Directors, respectively. Its mission is to develop cutting edge technologies in robotics and AI (Autonomous Robots, SLAM, Navigation, Perception, Human-Brain Interface, Deep Learning and their Security, etc.). CAIR has state of the art autonomous unmanned vehicles (aerial, ground, legged, and underwater) robotic systems experimental facilities. There are significant collaborations among faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi and New York in creation and activities of CAIR.

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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