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Research Engineer in the Division of Engineering Electrical Engineering, Dr. Konstantinos

Employer
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ABU DHABI
Location
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

Description

As part of the Electrical Engineering program of the Engineering Division and the Center of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at NYU Abu Dhabi the group of Prof. Kyriakopoulos seeks to improve the autonomy of Field Robotic systems by fusing control theoretic and machine intelligence approaches. Formal models are directly applied in real experimental facilities.

We are seeking a Research Engineer to join the team and make significant contributions to the field. The researcher is expected to have (i) strong engineering skills to find innovative and cost-effective means to improve our research, and (ii) exemplary passion and motivation to enhance our multidisciplinary research at the intersection of control theory and machine intelligence. Methodologies of interest include:

  • Robot modelling,
  • Nonlinear and Optimal control,
  • Perception for robotic navigation and control, and
  • Reinforcement learning.

The Research Engineer will be based at NYU Abu Dhabi. The Research Engineer will report directly to Prof. K.J. Kyriakopoulos in close collaboration with other researchers, PhD students, and undergraduate research assistants. The Research Engineer will engage with our regular collaborators at local institutions in the UAE and abroad.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the supervisor in developing and implementing the research agenda;
  • Conduct high-quality and innovative research primarily focused on Control theory and ML methodologies for Field Robotics;
  • Reproduce results of the state-of-the-art (SOTA) methods;
  • Design and implement experiments to compare proposed work with SOTA baselines;
  • Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication in high-impact journals and conferences;
  • Integrate, maintain and document mechatronic devices;
  • Create, maintain, and document high-quality research code for reproducibility; and
  • Collaborate with scientists within the NYU Global Network and in Abu Dhabi.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently has or is in the process of completing a Master’s degree or equivalent terminal degree from a recognized institution
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or Electrical Engineering.
  • Demonstrable research experience involving integration of hardware and software of robotic systems.
  • Demonstrable research experience in conducting experiments for field robotic systems
  • Proficient programming experience in embedded, real-time software in C/C and Python with several years of practice
  • Experience in maintaining high-quality code on Github
  • Ability to visualize experimental results
  • Effective inter-personal and team-building skills
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work independently and in a team to get the work done
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written communication)
  • Willingness to learn and confront new challenges

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s thesis conducted in the area of control and/or machine learning for field robotic systems
  • First-author peer-reviewed published papers (and/or under review)

The appointment will be for one year, with the option to renew further depending on performance. The terms of employment are competitive and will include housing and travel subsidies. Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter, up-to-date CV, research statement (1-page), and at least two letters of recommendation, all in PDF format. If you have any questions that are not answered in the job advert, please email: kk4812@nyu.edu and include [Application for postdoctoral researcher] in the subject line.

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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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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