Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position in Socially Assistive Robots

Appointment: 1 year with possible renewal

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering for the University of Toronto under the supervision of Prof. G. Nejat and Prof. B. Benhabib is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in socially assistive robots for eldercare. The project focuses on the development of the AI, control and sensing needed to design intelligent robots that can provide assistance with everyday tasks. The project will have a significant human-robot interaction component in which the developed robots will be piloted in various long-term care facilities. Applicants will be a part of an interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers, industrial partners and healthcare facilities aimed at developing robotic technologies to promote independence and aging-in-place.

Area of Research: Applicants should have expertise in social/assistive robotics, decision making, control, sensing, human-robot interaction, robotic system design, integration and testing.

Qualifications: We seek candidates with:

  • A PhD in engineering or computer science
  • Strong background in robotic software and hardware engineering and implementation
  • Strong mathematical and theoretical foundations
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral in English)
  • A strong publication record in top ranked robotics conferences and journals
  • A record of leadership and teamwork in research groups
  • Enthusiasm to contribute to their community

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will lead the development of the robotics project, assist with co-supervision of undergraduate and graduate students working on the team, and directly collaborate with partner institutions and companies. The successful applicant will be a part of the new National Network. Through the network the successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with top researchers in this area and develop important R&D skills in this emerging field of robotics. The target start date is November 1, 2016.

Please refer to the official Job Posting for all details. All inquiries and applications should be sent to Prof. Goldie Nejat (nejat [at] and Prof. Beno Benhabib (benhabib [at]