Postdoctoral Researcher
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON
  • About the Employer

The Robotics, Mechatronics and Automation Laboratory (RMAL) was founded in 1997 and since then has been an active entity of Ryerson University. It is an interdisciplinary laboratory bringing people and projects related to Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial, Biomedical, Electrical-Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, and Computer Science. Its objective is to design and build in synergistic manner systems for advancing robotics and automation. The laboratory takes a broad approach of what constitutes good research and education, all measured by their industrial and social impact. The ongoing research spans from the applied to basic research. The output from the lab research ranges from ground-breaking papers to ground-breaking prototypes. The usual team of industrial partners, faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students creates unique opportunities for furtherance of the education, research and technology transfer goals. The contributions in the lab can span from developing core engineering techniques and theoretical analyses of robotic algorithms, to working closely with existing companies and health organization, to engaging in entrepreneurial activities.

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  • Opportunities

The opportunities provided to postdoctoral fellows will include improving their research skills, publications record, hardware and software design practice, experimentation skills, supervisory skills (through supervision of undergraduate and graduate students), and teaching skills (with provided teaching opportunities). Additionally, the lab promotes entrepreneurship opportunities through Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute. Many of the lab alumni have found academic and industrial positions in prestigious institutions.

  • Job Duties and Responsibilities

RMA lab ( at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) is seeking post-doctoral fellows in Robot Learning and Control with a competitive salary. The initial offer will be a two-years contract that can be extended based on available funding years and the candidate’s performance. The applicant should have extensive experience and background with Control Theory, Robot Motion Control and one of the areas of focus,

- Visual Servoing,

- Programming by Demonstration

- Continuum Robots

- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Aerial Manipulation

The applicant should be proficient with MatLab Simulink and/or C/C++ and be capable of carrying out the entire research cycle from theoretical development through simulation and experiments using the laboratory robots.

The successful candidate will be expected to improve the existing systems developed in RMAL. Each ideal candidate should be highly motivated and dedicated to the project(s) and is expected to work collaboratively with other lab members, as a team. The successful candidate will be involved actively in independent research, co-supervising students, grant application preparation, and teaching.

Interested applicants are advised to apply online. Search will continue till a suitable candidate is found.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • PhD degree or equivalent from a distinguished university in the field of Mechatronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field.
  • Excellent publication record.
  • Expertise in ONE or more of the following areas:
  • Visual Servo Control of Robots
  • Programming by Demonstration
  • Continuum Robots
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Aerial Manipulation
  • Good experience in programming with C++ or C# or C
  • Strong background in Robot Control.
  • ROS programming skills and experience in Computer Vision are assets
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Additional Information:

  • The position will be for 2 years with the potential for extension, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
  • Anticipated starting date is as soon as possible.
  • Salary is competitive ($36,000-$45,000 per year) and depends on the previous experience of the candidate.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian residents.
  • RMAL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information.

Required documents

  • Candidate’s CV and contact details
  • Contact information of three references (one being the former PhD supervisor)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Links to at least three selected recent publications

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Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $35,000.00 to $45,000.00 /year