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Post-Doctoral Fellow or Research Scientist - Mechanical Engineering - Perception for Automated Roof Bolting

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Work type: Post Doctoral Fellow Full Time, Research Faculty or Associate Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Mechanical Engineering


Position Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow or Research Scientist in Perception for Automated Roof Bolting

Pay Range:

Mines is offering an academic year salary of $60,000 - $70,000.

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The M3Robotics Lab and the Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI) at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden Colardo USA are looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow or Research Scientist for a 36-month project (September 2021 – August 2024) on incorporating novel vision technologies, like event cameras or other sensory systems, to assist with talking initial steps towards automating underground roof bolting operations. This project will leverage the university’s experimental underground mine for field testing, the EMI institute, and will have leading industry collaboration and input. The project is focused on integrating hardware and software to provide unprecedented perception in the dark, poorly lit, and dusty environment encountered during drilling operations. This perception will be augmented with machine learning techniques to classify objects in the field of view and enable automated or one-touch bolting operations. 

Review, select, procure the imaging and other sensory system and assemble the hardware and administer calibration of the sensors and functionality of the system as a whole  

* Develop algorithms and code necessary to enable perception during drilling operations. 
* Develop algorithms and code necessary to automate drill location selection and execution. 
* Perform appropriate testing and validation of the algorithms and codes for publication. 
* Attend and support project and lab meets as appropriate. 
* Submit 2 Journal articles per year and revise and resubmit as appropriate. 
* Mentor PhD Students and assist with their publications as appropriate. Interact with and supervise teams of senior design students working on general aspect of robots for roof bolt drilling

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in Robotics or a related field by September 2021.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Extensive programing experience (1-3 years) in Python/C++ and ROS. 
  • Training and/or 1 year of experience with: Event Cameras, image processing, neural-network based computer vision techniques, motion-planning, system development and integration 
  • English language proficiency 
  • Creative and collaborative approach
Department Description:

For more information about M3Robotics and EMI please visit our websites, or email

About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a CV and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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