Current Opportunities

Mechanical Design Engineer

 

IHMC is seeking mechanical engineers to help with the design of research prototype legged robotic platforms. Over the last 15 years, IHMC has developed a variety of legged systems ranging from bipedal robots like M2V2 and the Planar Elliptical Runner to legged exoskeletons like Mina V2. This position would work with our inter-disciplinary robotics team on the design and development of new legged robotic hardware.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking candidates who are passionate about mechanical design, cool mechanisms, and robotics and have experience working on multi-disciplinary teams to develop new, cutting edge hardware. They must be capable of functioning both in a tight-knit team and independently for extended periods of time. The candidate should have experience with both prototype development and prototype fabrication techniques, from machining to 3d printing. The ideal candidate will have been involved in the development of articulated robots in the past, with a focus on minimizing weight while maintaining durability. Applicants must have good communication and documentation skills, and thrive in both a team and individual environment.

Required Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar, with 3 plus years of design experience.

·       Advanced SolidWorks user, or equivalent

·       Familiarity with mechanism design

·       Experience in failure analysis

·       Experience with finite element analysis

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Experience in lightweight design

·       Experience with advanced manufacturing techniques (Additive, etc.)

·       Design with composites (e.g. carbon fiber)

·       Experience with electromechanical systems, hydraulic systems, sensors, motors

 

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. 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 2 minute (+/- 15 seconds) in length

·       Show your design, either actual or on computer screen

·       Have clear audio

Job Description: Develop new cutting edge legged-robotic hardware platforms. For more information on some of our current projects, see robots.ihmc.us. Salary is dependent upon degree and experience.

To Apply:

Email to robotjobs@ihmc.us with the subject line “ME position – YourLastName” and include the following:

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

2.    Description of a robot system or part you design. Preferably a link to a web page describing your system, a published paper, and/or hardware examples.

3.    Cover letter in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_CoverLetter.pdf”

In the cover letter:

·       Provide link (URL) to your YouTube video.

·       Describe why you want to be a designer of legged robots, what makes you qualified, and what you see as the major challenges to achieving legged robots that are as capable as their biological counterparts.

 **Application is considered incomplete until all three items are submitted.**

Questions: robotjobs@ihmc.us

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

IHMC is an AA/EEO Employer.


Legged Robot Controls Engineer

 

We are looking to expand our robotics team through the addition of a new control system engineer. Our team has been working on legged robots for the past 15 years, including placing second in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, running the controls system for the NASA Space Robotics Challenge, and pioneering such concepts as the Capture Regions for bipedal locomotion. This opening would be working full time with the robotics team on various bipedal and quadrupedal robots to increase their speed, capabilities, and autonomy, including working with several bipedal and quadrupedal platforms such as the Boston Dynamics Atlas, the NASA JSC Valkyrie, and the JPL Llama.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Ideal Candidate: An ideal candidate must be passionate about legged robots, dedicated to writing clean, readable software, and have an engineering degree and 2 years or more experience working in controlling robots. The candidate should have experience with standard control theory, robot kinematics, dynamics, and control concepts, and Object Oriented programming. Experience applying new control algorithms on hardware is a must. Preference will be given to candidates that have developed control algorithms for dynamic legged robots. Applicants must have good communication and documentation skills, and thrive in both a team and individual environment.


Required Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree in an engineering major, with controls focus.

·       2 years of experience developing and implementing control algorithms for robotic systems.

·       Authorized to work in the United States

·       Able to program in Java, C, or C++.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Knowledge of planning and optimization algorithms

·       Background with articulated robot systems

·       Physics based simulation

·       Perception and state estimation

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 control system designs. This video should highlight your communication skills as well as a simulation or demonstration of your robots. The video should:

·       Show you the entire time

·       Include your talking about your project

·       Be 2 minute (+/- 15 seconds) in length

·       Show your design, either actual or on computer screen

·       Have clear audio


Job Description: Develop locomotion and planning algorithms and tools for legged robots. For more information on some of our current locomotion development, see robots.ihmc.us. Salary is dependent upon degree and experience.


To Apply:

Email to robotjobs@ihmc.us with the subject line “Controls Engineer position – YourLastName” and include the following:

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

2.     Description of a control system or robot software you implemented. Preferably a link to a web page describing your system, a published paper, and/or software examples.

3.    Cover letter in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_CoverLetter.pdf”. In the cover letter:

▪     Provide link (URL) to your YouTube video.

▪     One to two page essay describing why you want to be a developer of control algorithms for legged robots, what makes you qualified, and what you see as the major challenges to achieving legged robots that are as capable as their biological counterparts.

 **Application is considered incomplete until all three items are submitted.**

Questions: robotjobs@ihmc.us

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

IHMC is an AA/EEO Employer. 


Self-Directed Study Internship

Description: This unpaid internship is designed around the student’s course of study and research interests. This internship is focused around student learning and growth, and can be an ideal opportunity for visiting researchers. One internship example is the learning of a new skill, such as programming, use of a software package, or prototype fabrication. Another example is researching a specific academic area, such as bipedal balance algorithms, actuator design, or neural networks. Often, an internship can be part of the student’s degree program and receive course credit or have the research topic turn into a bachelor’s or master’s thesis, or become part of a doctoral dissertation. For this internship, if you have an idea or area of interest, be it programming, mechanical design, or algorithm development, we may be able to provide the facilities and guidance to help you be successful in your pursuits.

Current areas of interest include but are not limited to multi-contact locomotion planning, perception for localization and locomotion planning, high-speed autonomous behaviors, collaborative manipulation, autonomous balance for exoskeletons, high-speed exoskeleton locomotion, understanding inherent balance in fast-running robots, and virtual reality for operator interfaces.

Requirements: Have obtained or currently pursuing a degree in Engineering, Science, or related STEM field. A fundamental knowledge of programming is highly recommended.

Duration: between 3-9 months.

Compensation: unpaid.

To apply: Email robotjobs@ihmc.us with “Self-Directed Study Internship - FirstName LastName” in the subject line.

IHMC is an AA/EEO Employer.


Why work in our 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.

Pensacola is a great place to live! The weather is (almost) always perfect for outdoor activities like sailing on the bay, volleyball on the white sand beaches, kayaking on Blackwater River, or camping right by the waves. The lab is located in Downtown Pensacola, surrounded by tasty restaurants, art museums, concert venues, farmers markets, and food trucks. Pensacola thrives on never-ending music, dining, dancing and cultural diversity located right at your fingertips. You'll love it here!

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