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Postdoctoral position in mechanics/robotics at UCLA

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[This position has been filled] We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work at the intersection of robotics and mechanics. The selected candidate will join the Structures-Computer Interaction Laboratory, a new group in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of California, Los Angeles. Visit our website:


The research project aims to use collaborative robots to investigate the mechanics of structures (slender/flexible structures in particular). Our lab is equipped with a Sawyer collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics. We will explore how continuum mechanics simulations can be used to train robots to perform simple tasks, e.g. tying knots in ropes. Details of the project will be determined after consultation with the candidate.


Desired qualifications:

  1. Experience in computer programming (C/C++/Fortran/similar, or at the very least, Python) and Unix-based operating systems
  2. Experience or interest in hands-on robotics. Experience with collaborative robots and Robot Operating System (ROS) is a plus
  3. Experience or interest in machine learning and artificial intelligence
  4. Experience or interest in mechanics of solids and structures. The project is expected to produce publications in high-impact journals in the field of mechanics. We use tools from distinct fields (e.g. robotics, machine learning, and computation) towards the ultimate goal of learning the mechanics of structures or designing smart/programmable structures


The appointment is for two years (initial one year appointment with possible extension for a second year). Start date is flexible (tentatively April 1 - September 1, 2018).


Applications should be emailed to Please submit the following documents as a single pdf: (i) one page cover letter, (ii) detailed CV, and (iii) two sample publications. Applications received by January 31, 2018 will receive full consideration.


UCLA is located in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, close to the Pacific Ocean, mountains, forests as well as the hubs for aerospace and entertainment industries. The engineering school is in a major expansion phase: The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with the PI and supervise graduate and undergraduate students.


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