We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow position focused on developing algorithms for dynamic manipulation. Ideal candidates will have a strong research track record in robotics, machine learning, optimization, and/or control and be motivated to lead a research effort that involves developing new algorithms and evaluating them on physical robots. This project will afford the candidate a great deal of intellectual flexibility to explore combinations of model-based control with machine learning to enable fast and precise manipulation. 

A PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field is required. Candidates will be expected to carry out a creative and independent research agenda, publish scholarly papers, and take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard. 

Applications (assembled as a single PDF file) should contain a complete CV, a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a complete list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation). Applications should be emailed to Scott Kuindersma (scottk at with the subject line “Postdoc 2018 application”.

Harvard Students

If you're interested in our lab, you should send Scott an email containing your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a short description of your background and interests. Students with some prior exposure to robotics, control, and/or optimization would be in the best position to potentially contribute to one of our research projects. 

Students outside of Harvard

Unfortunately, Scott receives many emails from prospective students or visitors and does not have the bandwidth to answer each of these personally. If you are applying to Harvard SEAS, you should indicate your interest in our lab in your application. We would be happy to hear from you after you've applied! We do not typically host visiting students unless there is a direct connection to our ongoing work and the visitor can remain at Harvard for at least 3 months.