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Sandia National Laboratories Intelligent Unmanned/Remote Systems Development Postdoctoral Appointee in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security!

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to lead and support developing novel solutions for robotic/unmanned/mechatronic systems for national security applications. This position requires working as part of multidisciplinary science and engineering teams doing cutting edge research and technology development to support the nation’s security needs.

Tasks include developing, demonstrating and implementing novel robotic, unmanned and autonomous systems for a wide variety of customer sets. Responsibilities will span the breadth of R&D from basic research to applied development with operational deliverable requirements. On any given day, the selected applicant may be called on to:

  • Development of novel algorithms for autonomous perception and control, e.g. in complex uncertain environments with sparse training data;
  • Development of perception and decision-making engines via machine learning or other artificial intelligence methods;
  • Writing real-time code to implement control algorithms, e.g. for networked teams of heterogeneous mobile aerial and ground systems with diverse sensors, mobility and computational capabilities;
  • Developing novel robotic and mechatronic systems in a variety of scales from micro/miniature to large;
  • Developing custom embedded electronic devices;
  • Developing and deploying novel algorithms for autonomous vehicle navigation, tracking, and other applications;
  • Developing and implementing novel sensors suitable for use in unmanned systems;
  • Conducting field tests to evaluate system performance;
  • Other activities associated with the development of robotic, unmanned and autonomous systems.

Work may also include supporting a variety of different technical and programmatic activities associated with the research and deployment of robotic, unmanned and autonomous systems, including software development, mechanical and electrical design and engineering, system dynamic modeling, sensor and perception system development, and testing.

Work will be conducted in a fast-paced team environment devoted to rapidly developing and fielding novel control systems, unmanned systems, and robotic systems. Assignments will require executing technical work with excellence; participating in the generation of new ideas and the development of competitive funding proposals, and publishing results in conferences and peer reviewed journals.

Required:

  • PhD in Electrical / Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or comparable field
  • Experience in one or more of the following:

  • Developing/implementing heuristic, optimization based, or machine-learning based autonomous perception, object recognition or decision-making systems

  • Developing/implementing novel mechatronic systems
  • Developing novel control algorithms as well as models and state equations for dynamic systems
  • Implementing control algorithms on mechatronic hardware
  • Developing robotic, unmanned, or autonomous systems
  • Developing/testing of electric or electronic systems
  • Simulation, algorithm development and control system design experience in Matlab or similar
  • Algorithm implementation or programming experience (C, C++, Matlab, Python or similar languages)
  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q or DOD Top Secret security clearance (however this needs to be implemented in the posting…)

Desired:

  • Strong preference for degree focus on robotics, unmanned systems, automation, autonomy, or control systems
  • Design and integration of robotic systems and other mechanisms
  • Modeling and control of dynamic systems, especially robotics or other multi-body systems
  • Design and integration of mechatronic or electronic systems (i.e. microcontrollers, FPGAs, ideally with hardware in the loop)
  • Design and testing of wearable robotic or other ergonomic systems
  • Experience with biomechanical or ergonomic testing on human subjects
  • Experience with practical control systems (managing I/O, interfaces, etc.)
  • Development of novel algorithms, including machine learning, for control and other applications
  • Experience in the development of advanced multi-sensor perception systems
  • Familiarity with optimization methods
  • Experience with estimation systems
  • Experience with navigation, localization and mapping algorithms
  • Experience in the development of distributed, networked control systems
  • Experience in electromechanical system integration
  • Experience with human-machine interaction
  • Experience with operating system and simulation environments (ROS, Motion Genesis, or similar)
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Commitment to applying safe work practices and procedures

Department Description:

The Robotics/Counter Robotics R&D department specializes in autonomous operations of unmanned systems, advanced controls, miniature mechanical design and fabrication, advanced drive system development, and the human/machine interface. We advance security by providing next generation unmanned systems and autonomy solutions. We have established leadership in this field through capabilities such as active, autonomous perception, distributed control of heterogeneous systems, real-time control of dynamic systems, miniature mechatronic design and fabrication, and advanced human-machine interface R&D. With state-of-the-art facilities and the creation of a formal UAS Aviation Operations Unit (UAOU), which will coordinate all UAS work across Sandia, we are using subject matter experience in unmanned systems R&D to design and deploy systems to address critical national security challenges.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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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.

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