Postdoctoral Position in Robotics

The Kavraki group at Rice University ( is looking to hire an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to enhance their research efforts in robotics.

The main projects that the postdoc is expected to work is motion planning and task&motion planning in realistic environments that involve uncertainties. Emphasis is placed on the development of methodologies that allow non-experts to command robots at a high level and meaningfully interact with them. The group employs a combination of techniques from traditional robotics, AI, but also formal methods, ML, and data science for the solution of the above problems and implements all solutions on physical robotics platforms.

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. Prior work in robotics and AI and a Ph.D. in a related topic is required. Other 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 one of AI planning, machine learning, or program verification/synthesis will be given higher priority.

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


The Kavraki Group 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

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 ranked among the top 20 departments in United States by US News & World Report.