Post-doc position in multi-contact robotics

The Dynamic Autonomy and Intelligent Robotics (DAIR) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, within the GRASP Lab, has a new opening for a postdoctoral position focused on multi-contact modeling, control, and/or learning for robotic manipulation and locomotion. An emphasis for this project will be developing and evaluating simple abstractions for control and learning of multi-contact manipulation. To get a better sense of our work in these areas, I encourage you to see recent publications on

– Structured learning of multi-contact dynamics

– Stabilizing control synthesis with contact-aware controllers

Ideal candidates will have prior experience in either manipulation or locomotion, including on state-of-the-art robotic platforms, and optimization, control, and/or machine learning. The postdoctoral fellow will coordinate a research thrust, interacting with industry partners and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or related field is required. 

Applications should be emailed to Michael Posa at and include a cover letter, CV, copies of up to three most-relevant publications, and a list of three references. Any questions should also be directed to Michael.

The position is for one year, with a possibility of extension.