A Post-Doctoral Fellow position is open at the Advanced Control and Mechatronics Lab in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Canada.
Background and experience in neural networks (NN), reinforcement learning (RL), simulation and programming in Robot Operating Systems (ROS), and knowledge of marine systems are strong assets. The candidate will conduct research on an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), specifically on the guidance, navigation and control unit with path planning, fault detection, and intelligent control modules. Research on the intelligent control methods includes NN and RL based method as well as comparisons with model-based control. The research will develop and build upon tools from Gazebo simulation in ROS for the simulation environment. Research will involve extensive experimental studies on the USV prototype and docking station available in the industry partner’s location. In-water trials and implementations of the overall USV and docking system under different weather conditions will be carried out to improve the stability, robustness, and reliability of the developed unit.
The successful candidate should have a PhD degree completed within 5 years in Systems and Control, Intelligent Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field. Applicants whose PhDs are close to completion are welcome to apply; however, to take up the position, the PhD must be completed.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity
You will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie’s vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Please apply online via this posting.