Postdoc Positions 2012

Post-doc Positions at Stanford: Model-Based Teleoperation for Space Operations (Posted August 2012)

Multiple post-doctoral positions at the Stanford University Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory (PI, Allison Okamura) are available for a telerobotics project in collaboration with Millennium Engineering and Integration Company (MEI). The goal of the project is to design, prototype, and evaluate a system that allows long-distance teleoperation with time delays on the order of fractions of seconds to minutes by model-based teleoperation mediating the communication between master and remote devices through an environment model.

We are seeking multiple postdocs with experience and interest in teleoperation, haptics, controls, modeling, and simulation. The postdocs will develop a system (software and specification/integration of commercially available haptic and visualization devices) and methods for real-time model-based control of remote robotic manipulators to perform operations in space. The postdocs will collaborate with other students/postdocs and MEI engineers to develop a complete, interactive user assistance system for these remote operations. In addition, the postdocs will have the opportunity to participate in other research and professional development activities within Stanford and the CHARM Lab (

Requirements: Excellent programming skills, experience with bilateral (haptic) teleoperation, demonstrated ability to perform robotic/haptic system integration, and prior implementation of control designs. Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar fields.

The positions are open immediately (ideal start date is between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 2012) and will last for 1 to 2 years. Review of applications will begin immediately. If interested and qualified, email the following items to Allison Okamura ( in a single pdf file:

  1. One paragraph summary of qualifications and relevant experience
  2. Expected graduation date (if still a Ph.D.) and available start date
  3. Names and email addresses of three references
  4. Dissertation title and abstract
  5. CV with links to online version of papers

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Please put TELEOPERATION POSTDOCS in the Subject line.