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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aerial Robotics
University of Waterloo

Date Posted Jul. 29, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aerial Robotics
University University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Department Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Robotics
    Engineering - Other

- RMA Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
- Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
- National Research Council Canada / Conseil national de recherches Canada (Civil Unmanned Aerial Systems), Montréal, Canada


  • Stimulating, high-paced environment for cutting-edge research in various fields including robotics, machine learning, and Instrumentation.
  • Pleasant working conditions with interesting and challenging tasks in collaboration with a talented and interdisciplinary scientific and management team.
  • Interaction opportunities with a few Canadian robotic companies, National Research Council, and user communities of the North (in addition to the researchers form Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo).
  • An exceptional opportunity to experience research in a highly inspiring international environment and to learn from some of the world’s leading researchers.
  • Multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research experience.
  • Enhancing research skills, publications record, hardware and software design practice, experimentation skills, supervisory skills (through supervision of undergraduate and graduate students), and teaching skills (with provided teaching opportunities).
  • Potentially improving entrepreneurship skills through Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute.
  • The opportunity to develop leadership skills in a high-impact field with excellent career opportunities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
We are seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Aerial Robotics with a competitive salary. Initial offer will be a three-years contract that can be extended based on available funding years and the candidate’s performance.
We are looking for an outstanding Postdoc to contribute to various aspects of the project on aerial robotics and manipulation. Please consider applying if you have a strong background in robot modelling, control and learning. We especially seek individuals who have experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Good experience in hardware and software design and integration for robotic systems (particularly UAVs and aerial manipulators)
  • Strong background in robotic experiments
  • Profound knowledge of robot control, dynamics and kinematics
  • Profound knowledge in vision systems and potentially in visual servo control of robots
  • Good experience and knowledge in pose estimation and SLAM
  • Experience in ROS and writing highly optimized and efficient software in C/C++
  • Independent, self-reliant working style
  • Willingness and interest in learning about new and challenging topics
  • Team player
  • Experience with real-time software
  • Excellent communication skills in English
    The successful candidates will be involved actively in independent research, co-supervising students, grant application preparation, and teaching.
    The research will involve developing UAV and aerial manipulation planning and control methods, and SLAM. Also, the tasks will include software-hardware implementation of the methods, and designing as well as conducting both laboratory and field experiments.

Additional Information:

  • The positions will be for 3 years with the potential for extension, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
  • Anticipated starting date is as soon as possible.
  • Salary is very competitive and depends on the previous experience of the candidate.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian residents. The successful candidate will also have good health insurance for their families through the universities involved. The candidate will also be provided with health spending account ($2,500/year) for the entire family which works as a complementary insurance.

How to Apply?
The following documents are needed for applications:

  • A motivation letter describing your research interests, your qualifications, and why you would be a suitable candidate
  • A detailed CV
  • Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees
  • Email addresses and contact numbers (preferably cell phone numbers) of your at least three references (preferably your recent and PhD supervisors)
    Interested applicants should send the necessary documents via email to RMAL{AT}

Applications should be submitted in PDF or word formats. In the subject line please indicate: "PDF Application-UAV". Applications will be continuously received and evaluated until the position is filled. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only candidates who are invited to an interview will be contacted.

Incomplete applications or applications not meeting the minimum requirements will NOT be considered.
Some general information for postdoctoral fellows is also available here.

  • We are Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be
    discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status,
    disability status, or genetic information.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Prof. Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi
    Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, ON
  • RMAL{AT}


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