Senior Research Scientist

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

ID: 7134542
Posted: March 16, 2023
Salary / Pay Rate: $56,064.00 - $102,287.00
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Req ID: R100427

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. and 7 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the requirements noted.
Position Description:

The Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) at Speed School of Engineering seeks a Senior Research Scientist to lead industrial project engagement in the area of industrial or service robotics and develop new educational programs. The ideal candidate is a well-prepared candidate with a Ph.D. degree in electrical, mechanical, computer science, or related discipline and possesses proven experience, with a well-demonstrated track record, related to the areas of robotics, automation, control and mechatronics. This is a term appointment and has fixed end dates. The total duration of this position may not exceed 5 years. The candidate will be mentored by Dr. Dan Popa, Professor for R&D, and by both Emmanuel Collins, Dean, College of Engineering and Tom Rockaway, Associate Dean of Programs and Initiatives for educational program development.

The successful candidate is expected to interact with the industry and develop R&D programs and projects related to collaborative robotics with applications to manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare. The candidate will write proposals to industry and government agencies, lead and manage R&D efforts to execute the projects and provide deliverables and training programs to sponsors. The senior research scientist is also expected to supervise teams of other engineers, graduate, and undergraduate students, and research associates as necessary for the completion of projects. The candidate may also work with LARRI faculty, support their R&D efforts, and participate in the commercialization of technology developed at the University.

Another important duty of the senior research scientist will consist of serving as Development Director of the Mechatronics track within a soon-to-be-established Applied Engineering program at the Speed School of Engineering. In this capacity, the candidate will help create the program's curriculum, equip the laboratories, recruit instructors, and develop and administer courses to the industrial workforce. As the program will be established and grow over the next 5 years, there will be career opportunities for advancement in a more permanent position as faculty in this new department. The candidate will report to the Institute Director. During the first year of service, the candidate may also work on new exciting research initiatives funded through National Science Foundations KY- EPSCOR, SCH (Smart Connected Health), and FOW (Future of Work); the candidate will train for these research initiatives under the supervision and direction of Dr. Dan Popa. The first project involves characterizing conductive polymer sensor arrays and mechatronic devices with applications to robotic skin. The second project involves building the stretchable optical fiber sensors and 3D printed structures incorporated with time of flight (TOF) sensors for area mapping. The third project is focused on developing and commercializing robot nursing assistants for future hospitals.

Preferred Qualifications

We are seeking an independent, dedicated, hard-working individual with an appropriate background in robotics and mechatronics related to industrial and precision robotics and mechatronics, automation, and intimate knowledge of NI LabVIEW, Robot Operating System, Gazebo and MATLAB simulation environments and also specialized programming environments of common industrial robots (ABB, FANUC, etc.).

Target Compensation Maximum:

Target Compensation Minimum:

Compensation will be commensurate to candidate experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at [email protected] or 502.852.6258.

Assistance and Accommodations

Computers are available for application submission at the Human Resources Department located at 215 Central Avenue, Ste 205 - Louisville, Kentucky 40208.

If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, please contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone 502-852-6258.