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  • MS, Ph.D., and Postdoc Openings in Mechatronics and Autonomous Systems
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of South Carolina

    MS, Ph.D., and Postdoc Openings in Mechatronics and Autonomous Systems

    MS and PhD positions (with full graduate research assistantship-GRA) and postdoc positions in Mechanical Engineering are available immediately or starting in Fall 2024 within the research group of Dr. Yi Wang at the University of South Carolina-USC (Columbia/Main campus, to develop reliable perception for unmanned maritime systems. The GRA will fund MS/PhD tuition, fees and health insurance, and stipend. The position entails

    Mechatronics and Autonomous Systems

    The project will investigate and develop a reliable maritime perception system (EO/IR and radar) for autonomous surface vessels (including both software and hardware).

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering field of study from an accredited college or university.

    • Experience with robotic system development and ROS programming.

    • Strong interest and self-motivation to perform cutting-edge research and conquer challenges in real-world engineering and to publish high-impact papers

    • Must be a US permanent resident or a US citizen.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Hands-on experience with embedded system and electronics and control modules, such as Jetson TX series, Intel NUC, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino.

    • Experience with Vis/NIR camera system or radar system.

    • Experience in developing machine learning, signal processing, and optimization algorithms using Pytorch, TensorFlow, NumPy, and other relevant.

    • Hands-on experience with programming in Python, Matlab, C/C++, or other object-oriented programming languages


    UofSC is the flagship university in the State of South Carolina, and the Ph.D. program at the department of Mechanical Engineering is ranked No. 31 nationally by the National Research Council (NRC) (, and the College of Engineering and Computing is ranked No. 1 in the State of South Carolina for faculty research productivity.  

    The group of Dr. Wang focuses on computational and data-enabled science and engineering (CDS&E) and its applications in real-world multiphysics systems, including robotics and autonomy, additive manufacturing, aerodynamics & aerospace, railroad engineering. Our group aims to discover and develop new methodologies, framework, and capabilities to bridge CDS&E and system engineering in the real world and with particular emphasis on multiphysics and engineering intelligence. To apply, please send your CV/Resume, publications, etc. in a single PDF to Dr. Wang ( with the email subject “Position Application”. 


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