The Control and Optimization Laboratories (COL) in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is seeking candidates for the position of Faculty Associate in Applied Optimal Control. Incumbents are expected to perform directed research and advise students as part of the COL team. Typical tasks include one or more of the following: applied trajectory optimization; computational optimal control; design of guidance and control systems; mathematical modeling.
We are seeking exceptional candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Newtonian dynamics, modeling and simulation, linear/non-linear control systems analysis. Experience in the application of optimal control theory for guidance and control of nonlinear dynamical systems is highly desirable. Example applications include time-optimal and/or energy-optimal control for spacecraft maneuverers and trajectory optimization for space, robotic or autonomous unmanned systems. A desire to implement hardware experiments to validate results is preferred but not necessary. Interested candidates may be eligible to pursue graduate studies at NPS on a part-time basis.
This position has the following minimum qualifications:
A graduate degree in a relevant area: applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, or a closely related field.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills: candidate will be required to conduct directed research; prepare scientific reports including professional graphics; create and deliver high-quality oral presentations; facilitate laboratory demonstrations; perform research management tasks; maintain, operate and update laboratory equipment; etc.
Preferred qualifications include:
Proficiency: MS Office and MATLAB/Simulink (required), LaTeX, C/C++, Python, LabView, Linux operating systems (desirable).
Send questions and/or a package including resume and two letters of reference to Dr. Mark Karpenko. Applications will be received until May 15, 2020:
Dr. Mark Karpenko,
Associate Director, Control and Optimization Laboratories
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
No relocation package or recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants with foreign education will be required to select from a list of private organizations that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES), which provide foreign education evaluations acceptable to NPS.
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