Current Openings in the Lab

The robotics lab is an exciting place to work! We have researchers from all over the world, including TU Delft, ETH Zurich, MIT, Berkeley, Olin College, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Florida Tech, Embry Riddle, RIT, USC, and UF. Having so many minds crammed into one building makes for some interesting conversation, amusing antics, and fun activities to blow off some steam. Our team makes it a priority to have paintball days, barbecues, sailing trips in Pensacola Bay, beach days, dress up dares, happy hours, and learning lunches.


2017 Robotics Lab Summer Internships (Paid, Full Time)

Seeking talented summer interns to be part of the IHMC Robotics Team to develop software tools for controlling humanoid walking robots and exoskeletons. Internships are available for students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, computer science, or related field. 

Ideal internship candidate should have the ability to write clean code in Java to the highest standards, have an understanding of advanced object-oriented programming concepts, and have excellent analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills. Applicants must have excellent communication and documentation skills, be self-motivated and function with little micro-management, thriving in both a team and individual environment.

Job Type: Paid, full-time internship

To Apply:  Complete the timed Java challenge at HackerRank by going to the following link:

Please note that the Java programming challenge is difficult and you will be given up to 16 hours to complete it. The challenge contains some straightforward robotics problems, as well as some more complex programming challenges. The challenge cannot be paused, so only begin it when you are ready and have allotted adequate time and brainpower to complete the challenge. In addition, you will be asked to upload your resume to the site during the challenge.

Your score on the Java programming challenge will be factored into your application and is required to apply for this position. Team IHMC develops almost exclusively in Java and therefore new team members must be effective Java programmers. If you are proficient in other programming languages and wish to learn Java, we recommend reading “Thinking in Java” by Bruce Eckel, and installing the Eclipse IDE to quickly get up and running. If you want to practice on programming similar programming challenges, before trying the IHMC challenge, we suggest getting an account at HackerRank and trying out some of their warmup challenges at

Updates to this announcement may appear at


Location: Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

IHMC is an AA/EEO Employer.


2017 Robotics Lab Summer Mechanical Engineering Internship


Seeking talented summer interns to be part of the IHMC Robotics Team to design, fabricate, and assemble parts for walking robots and exoskeletons. Internships are available for students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in mechanical engineering or related field. Ideal internship candidate should have significant design and fabrication experience of robotic systems. Knowledge of Solidworks is required. Basic knowledge of fasteners and bearings is required. Applicants will work closely with others in a small team, and excellent communication and documentation skills is required.


This internship is for a fulltime, paid position in Pensacola, Florida. You must be available every day during regular work hours, for a minimum of 9 weeks.


As part of the application, we require that you provide a link (unlisted or public) to a YouTube video of you talking about one of your mechanical designs. You can see a sample video at: This video should highlight your communication skills as well as show your design. The video should:

·       Show you the entire time

·       Include your talking about your project

·       Be 1 minute (+/- 15 seconds) in length

·       Show your design, either actual or on computer screen

·       Have clear audio


To Apply:  

Please follow these instructions carefully. Your ability to follow the instructions and provide all of the documents in the requested format will be part of your evaluation. Any application not following the instructions will be returned.


Email your application to:

The subject of the email must be: 2017 ME Internship - YourLastName

Include the following items as attachments in the email:

·       Current resume in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_Resume.pdf”

·       Cover letter in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_CoverLetter.pdf”. In the cover letter, include the following items:

o   Dates you are available for an internship. Note you must be available full time.

o   Describe your relevant mechanical design experience.

o   Discuss why you are interested in an internship at IHMC.

o   Provide link (URL) to your YouTube video.


For example, the subject line of an email application for John Smith would be:

2017 ME Internship – Smith

His resume file would be titled: Smith_Resume.pdf

His cover letter file would titled: Smith_CoverLetter.pdf


Updates to this announcement may appear at


Location: Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL

IHMC is an AA/EEO Employer.



Robotics Shop Technician

 Job Type: Part Time, 10-20 hours/week

 Job Description: Technician will be responsible for maintaining the IHMC robotics lab and small machine shop. This will entail organizing tools and inventory, shop and lab organization and inventory, 3d printer maintenance and inventory, cleaning tasks, trash removal, sweeping, and some light construction tasks.  

Minimum Requirements:

·       High School Diploma

·       Attention to detail

·       Organization

·       Experience with hand and power tools

·       Knowledge of fastening hardware

·       Ability to perform basic construction and carpentry

·       Punctual and reliable

·       Ability to perform duties with very little oversight

·       Must be able to pass background screening and drug testing

Location: Downtown Pensacola

To apply: Email your resume (with Robotics Shop Technician in the subject line) to

The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition Inc. (IHMC) is a not-for-profit research institute of the Florida University System and is affiliated with several Florida universities.

IHMC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action employer.