Employment Opportunities

Teaching-Track Faculty Position in Robotics

The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) at the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time teaching faculty position. The individual selected for this position will be expected to contribute to our educational mission through teaching, curriculum development, and advising and mentoring students, including Robotics MSE students and undergraduate Robotics minors. Johns Hopkins is a private university well known for its commitment to academic excellence and research. Robotics at Johns Hopkins is among the top in the USA in terms of research activities and educational programs. See our web page at http://lcsr.jhu.edu for additional information about research and educational activities. This is a non-tenure-track position, with opportunity for career progression in the non-tenure-track positions of Senior Lecturer, Associate Teaching Professor, and Teaching Professor.

Qualified candidates at all ranks (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Teaching Professor, Teaching Professor) will be considered. The ideal candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field, has a minimum of 5 years of experience in robotics research and development, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching. It is desired that the candidate has experience and interest in teaching courses in the broad areas of robotics and sensing. Experience in industry or with practically deployed robotic systems is also desirable. We seek candidates with experience teaching and advising students from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups.  Teaching responsibilities would include graduate and undergraduate courses in topics such as robot control, robot vision, sensor-based navigation, machine learning for robotics, and other closely related topics. Candidates with expertise with physical testbeds and strong ROS programming skills will be preferred.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and a list of references. The application should be submitted electronically via https://apply.interfolio.com/46079. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to uploaded. Applications will be considered beginning November 30, 2018.

Questions should be directed to Prof. Greg Chirikjian, LCSR Deputy Director, at lcsr-lec-search@jhu.edu.

The LCSR is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. We seek candidates who through their teaching and service contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellent in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.



Navigation and Locomotor Control in Augmented Reality
PI’s: Noah Cowan & James Knierim, Johns Hopkins University

The Cowan and Knierim laboratories have multiple funded projects from NIH and DOD investigating the neural computations that underlie navigation in the physical world. We are using a novel augmented reality apparatus and multi-electrode neural recordings of place cells, grid cells, head direction cells, and other cell types of the hippocampus and related brain regions to reverse engineer the interplay between navigation and locomotor control in freely behaving animals (see https://limbs.lcsr.jhu.edu/ and http://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/knierim-lab/ ). We are seeking dynamic and ambitious postdoctoral candidates who are highly skilled in experimental research in potentially diverse areas (e.g. biomechanics, neuroscience, robotics, control systems, or physics). The ideal candidate will also have a strong computational background (e.g. dynamical systems, information theory, control theory) and/or strong data analysis skills (e.g. statistical methods, data mining, Bayesian filtering, spectral analysis, machine learning).

Qualifications: PhD in Engineering, Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, or related fields. Strong computational and experimental background a must.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send a single PDF including a brief (1 page) cover letter, CV (no more than 4 pages, including a list of 3 references), and up to two papers to ncowan@jhu.edu 


Assistant Research Engineer/Scientist position in Computer Vision and Computer Integrated Surgery

The Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (lcsr.jhu.edu) seeks an Assistant Research Engineer/Scientist to lead the development of computer vision, robotics and related software. We are looking for a candidate who is excited to work in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment and who will support projects by:

  • Leading the development of software that process image and video imagery for a wide variety of robotic and medical applications.
  • Supporting the publication of research results in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.
  • Keeping abreast of new developments in real-time computer vision, medical imaging, and 3D display technology, serving as an expert in this area.
  • Assisting students and research personnel as needed to develop advanced research prototypes.

The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications:

  • MS degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field
  • Prior experience in developing computer vision software
  • Prior experience in an academic or industry research environment
  • Excellent skills in C++ and Python
  • Strong mathematical background, including linear algebra, statistics, and numerical optimization methods.
  • Prior experience with open-source vision and robotics toolkits such as OpenCV and ROS
  • Experience with 3D graphics, animation and simulation
  • User interface design experience with cross-platform Graphical User Interface libraries (Qt, wxWidgets, FLTK, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of multithreaded software design, object-oriented software engineering, design patterns, and component-based programming.
  • Familiarity with software development tools such as Subversion (SVN), git, Doxyen, and CMake.
  • Familiarity with machine learning is not required, but is also desirable

This full time position is open immediately.

Interested applicants should apply https://apply.interfolio.com/48754.  Please include a detailed resume/CV and at least three references.

For further information contact:

Lorrie Dodd

Administrative Manager

Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics

Johns Hopkins University



Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and, other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.




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