Research Associate III - Robotics Institute

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Location: Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA

Research Associate III - Robotics Institute-2016153



The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University was established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Seeking to combine the practical and the theoretical, we have diversified efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining the original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is searching for a Research Associate III. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by conducting research with the goal of designing new approaches for learning representation of the 4D audio visual world. In addition, you will use mathematical formulation and writing code to solve related problems and do experiement verification to support research.


Core responsibilities will include:

  • Doing experiment verification to support research.
  • Mathematical formulation and writing code to solve related problems.
  • Conducting research with the goal of designing new approaches for learning representation of the 4D audio visual world.
  • Independently designs experiments and research protocols.  Independently sets up and performs sound experimental procedures.  Suggests improvements in research methodology.
  • Collects, verifies and manages data.  Develops data analysis methods and protocols.
  • Performs complex and original data analysis in order to produce reports, documents and processes.
  • May develop computational modeling methods.
  • Writes and edits recommendations and reports.
  • May manage IRB approval process and document IRB policies for assigned research projects.
  • May program software in support of job functions.
  • May perform lab management functions including: 
    • Adheres to established lab budget and provides input to budget planning. 
    • Supervises purchasing and plans capital expenditures. 
    • Establishes and enforces safety policies and procedures. 
    • Ensures regulatory requirements are adhered to. 
    • Establishes policies and supervises the maintenance of administrative records. 
    • Supervises lab employees including assignment of day-to-day duties. 
    • Assists with hiring.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.



Master's Degree in related field required. Ph.D. in Robotics or equivalent experience and education preferred.

Minimum of 1 year of experience with implementing image processing/computer vision algorithms. 3 years of related experience highly desired.

Solid knowledge of computer vision and graphics, machine learning, robotics, and human-computer interaction.

Expertise developing and presenting research proposals. Expertise implementing and applying machine learning techniques to different data sets. 


You should demonstrate:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, problem-solving and reasoning skills, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work in small teams with a variety of technical and organizational skills.

You should have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, as well as good analytical and problem solving skills. Adaptability, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Robotics Institute. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at Carnegie Mellon University. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners with a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.



  • Background check

More Information:

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

Statement of Assurance:

Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Master's Degree 

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