Kavraki Lab

The Kavraki group at Rice University (http://www.kavrakilab.org) is looking to hire an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to enhance their research efforts in robotics.

The main project that the postdoc is expected to work on is in collaboration with the Computer-Aided Programming group (http://caper.rice.edu) and involves joint research efforts on the synthesis of integrated task and motion plans for robots. The goal of the project is the development of declarative programming models for motion planning that non-experts can use with relative ease, and the design and implementation of algorithms that can perform closely coupled discrete and continuous reasoning, and automatically generate executable code from high-level specifications.

Opportunities to work on the development of motion planning under constraints and the development of motion plans of robots working alongside humans are also available.

The position becomes available immediately. The duration of the position is one year and can be renewed for a second year. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Qualifications and Application

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field and a strong enthusiasm for robotics work. Required skills include excellent analytical skills, excellent software engineering skills, experience with programming in C++, and excellent writing skills. The ideal applicant would have a passion for bringing together theory and practice. Candidates with expertise in either AI planning or program verification/synthesis will be given higher priority.

To indicate interest please send a CV to Lydia Kavraki (kavraki@rice.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The Kavraki Group and the Chaudhuri Group are small but vibrant groups and provides a stimulating working environment. Most of its alumni are now in academic or upper-level research positions. For more information about the group check http://www.kavrakilab.org and http://caper.rice.edu.

Rice University is a leading research university in the vibrant urban setting of Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the U.S. Rice is a small, private university with exceptional strengths in engineering, biomedicine, and nanotechnology. The Computer Science Department is among the top 20 in United States, while the Computer Science Department is ranked among the top 20 departments in United States by US News & World Report.