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R& D Controls Engineer (Post-Doctoral Appointee)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking a POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEE in robotics and controls

The Postdoctoral appointee will lead and support the development of novel unmanned, robotic / mechatronic and autonomous systems, for national security applications\. This position requires working as part of multidisciplinary science and engineering team doing fast\-paced, cutting edge research and technology development to support the nation’s security needs\.

Specifically, the position includes supporting a variety of projects, potentially including the research and development of autonomous mobile sensors for active multi\-physics perception systems, the research and development of methods to create assured / explainable / secure autonomous systems capable of operating with substantial uncertainty, and the development of novel autonomous robotic systems\.

Responsibilities 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\. Work may include any of the following: the development of novel algorithms for autonomous perception and control, e\.g\. in complex uncertain environments with sparse training data; the development of perception and decision\-making engines via machine learning or other artificial intelligence methods; writing real\-time control code to implement control algorithms, e\.g\. for networked teams of heterogeneous mobile aerial and ground systems with different 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 novel sensors suitable for use in unmanned systems; conducting field tests to evaluate system performance; and other activities associated with the development of robotic, unmanned and automation 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\.


1\. PhD or equivalent in Electrical / Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science or comparable field with a focus on robotics, unmanned systems, automation or control systems

2\. Experience in one or more of the following:

a\. Developing and implementing heuristic or machine\-learning based autonomous perception, object recognition or decision\-making systems

b\. Developing and implementing novel mechatronic systems

c\. Developing models and state equations for dynamic systems

d\. Developing novel control algorithms for dynamic systems

e\. Implementing control algorithms on mechatronic hardware

f\. Developing robotic, unmanned, or autonomous systems

g\. Developing and testing of electric or electronic systems

3\. Simulation, algorithm development and control system design experience in Matlab or similar

4\. Programming experience \(C, C\+\+, Matlab, Python, or similar scripting languages\)

5\. Ability to work with a team


1\. Experience in the development of advanced multi\-sensor perception systems

2\. Expertise in machine learning or other machine intelligence methods

3\. Familiarity with optimization methods

4\. Experience with estimation systems

5\. Experience with navigation, localization and mapping algorithms

6\. Experience in sensor data processing, e\.g\. from vision\-based sensors

7\. Experience in the development of distributed, networked control systems

8\. Experience with robotic or unmanned systems

9\. Experience in the design and implementation of embedded electronic systems for hardware control, sensor interfacing, or related applications

10\. Experience in electromechanical system integration

11\. Experience with human\-machine interaction

12\. Good speaking, writing and presentation skills

Department Description:

Organization 06533 Robotics and Counter\-Robotics R&D, specializes in robotics, unmanned aerial systems \(UAS\), advanced controls, miniature mechanical design and fabrication, electronics, cybernetic systems, sensor systems and computer vision systems\. The department established and maintains responsibility for several FAA Certificates of Authorization \(COA\) for unmanned aerial systems\. The department conducts both basic research and applications development of robotic systems producing numerous patents and deployment of systems\. The department conducts numerous active research, development and application projects for a variety of customers, both internal to Sandia and across the national security establishment, and collaborates heavily with partners across Sandia\. The department is one of three in the High Consequence Automation and Robotics Group within the Weapon and Force Protection Center\.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\)\-granted L\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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\.

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.