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Faculty Positions at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute

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The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications from outstanding faculty candidates at all levels and tracks (tenure, research, and systems). We are looking to hire for multiple positions in all areas of robotics including:

  • AI for Robotics (high-level planning, coordination, decision making)
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Dynamics, control, and planning
  • Perception (including computer vision, audition, and tactile sensing)
  • Robot learning
  • Novel mechanisms, materials and actuators
  • Intelligent system architectures
  • Autonomy and perception for outdoor systems
  • Graphics
  • Biologically inspired robotics
  • Multi-robot planning and coordination
  • Unified systems that include sophisticated perception, reasoning, learning & action.

We are also interested in growing fundamental scientific programs that support novel robotics application areas including:

  • Medical and quality of life robotics
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerial and aquatic robotics
  • Agricultural and environmental robotics
  • Robotic/human ecosystems

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, the Robotics Institute has diversified its efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining its original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field. Faculty members hold primary appointments in the Institute and many have appointments in other academic units including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Machine Learning, and Computer Science.

Faculty Track Overviews

Tenure Faculty

Tenure faculty have a direct educational involvement with students inside and outside the classroom, including such activities as instruction, seminars, independent study project supervision advising undergraduate and graduate students, and supervision of graduate and postdoctoral research. Other educational activities include development of new or reformed courses, curricula, degree programs and training programs; educational publications, textbooks and other instructional materials; editorial work on professional journals.

Tenure faculty also have an obligation to perform research activities that lead to the production of new knowledge; to increased problem-solving capabilities, including design and analysis.

Every faculty member contributes by means of his or her expertise and the commitment of reasonable time and effort to the functioning and welfare of the university community, and of his or her academic unit in particular, through these activities.

Faculty in this category are subject to the tenure procedure outlined in the Faculty Handbook. Titles included are Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor. Complete SCS policy on Criteria for Teaching Track Faculty is available.

Research Faculty

Research faculty are fully supported from sources external to the university; primary contributions most closely resemble regular faculty positions in regard to responsibility in designing, carrying out and managing research, including service as principal investigator when appropriate; are not required to teach, though many choose to do so; and are not subject to the tenure procedure, though performance is evaluated on a regular basis by department, school and university review committees.

Research faculty have the same rights and responsibilities as tenure-track faculty. In particular, research faculty may supervise PhD students and be principal investigators on research proposals. The titles are Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor and Research Professor. Complete SCS policy on Criteria for Research Track Faculty is available.

Systems Faculty

Systems faculty conduct and support research in basic and applied computer science, and advance the state of practice. The hallmark of these positions is creativity in the implementation of research ideas and problem solutions, and in the management of research programs. These positions, which range over computer science, computer architecture, communication, robotics, and related disciplines, are characterized by expertise, depth of knowledge, and sustained accomplishment in a particular specialization. Moreover, managerial positions are focal points of responsibility for formulating and achieving research goals that require the ability to lead and coordinate technical activities. All of these positions require persons of sufficiently high caliber and specific talent to justify the conferring of faculty status in order to attract and retain them, without requiring of them all the activities expected of regular faculty members.

Primary contributions in this track may be other than original research, and therefore teaching or research faculty positions are not appropriate; it confers the rights and responsibilities of leadership associated with regular and research faculty, including service as co-principal investigator and co-supervision of research students where appropriate. Faculty in this track are evaluated on a regular basis by department and school review committees. Systems faculty are classified as Special Faculty, and receive staff benefits. Titles include Systems Scientist, Senior Systems Scientist, and Principal Systems Scientist. Complete SCS policy on Criteria for Systems Track appointments is available.


Faculty candidates are expected to have a strong interest in research, outstanding academic credentials, and an earned doctoral degree. Candidates for tenure-track appointments should also have a record of excellence in graduate and undergraduate education. Further information about the Robotics Institute and its programs may be found at We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have a demonstrated track record in mentoring and nurturing female and under-represented minority students.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted from October 17, 2016 through January 10, 2017. We encourage you to send an email indicating interest and noting the intended research area to the chair of the hiring committee, Srinivasa Narasimhan ( before submitting a formal application.

For a formal application, please include 1) a letter indicating the area of specialization and faculty track, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement (including both current and future directions), 4) a teaching statement (if appropriate for the track), 5) honors and awards, 6) copies of 3 representative papers, and 7) the names and email addresses of three or more individuals who have been asked to provide letters of reference.

For any questions regarding applications, please email

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