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Post Doctoral Fellow

Clemson University
Greenville, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Greenville, SC
Open Date:
Dec 6, 2021

The postdoctoral fellow will participate in an interdisciplinary, funded research project related to Deep Reinforcement Learning for Cyber-Physical Vehicle Systems operating in unstructured environments within the broader Autonomy Focus Area of Clemson’s VIPR-GS research center (see details below).

This project engages 6 faculty researchers and 6 Ph.D. students from across 4 departments: Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The postdoctoral candidate is expected to provide research-coordination within this larger team and should have strong technical, communication, and project management skills.

Specific duties include: (1) Developing multi-scale reinforcement learning models for perception, localization, planning, and/or control of connected and autonomous cyber-physical vehicles; (2) Verifying and validating models with physical robots and full-sized vehicles, (3) Formalizing tradeoff analyses of a spectrum of data-driven vs physics-informed machine-learning deployments for performance/reliability/robustness, (4) Working with the research-team to understanding the impact of delays and uncertainties, (5) Leading the development of manuscripts and reports, (6) Participating in proposal development, (7) Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students within the research team, and (8) Other duties as assigned.


Required qualifications: PhD degree in engineering, computer-science, or a related field (within the last three years or soon to graduate) with a focus on autonomous systems; strong analytical and problem solving skills; ability to work both independently and collaboratively; experience with supervising students, technicians, and researchers; strong communication skills with examples of technical papers and presentations; documented coding skills.

Differentiating Factors: Experience with frameworks such as ROS, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Mathworks RTW/dSpace; CAE toolchains (e.g. MSC/Hexagon, SIEMENS); general proficiency in design, hands-on prototyping; familiarity with Institutional Review Board (IRB) process; willingness and ability to acquire new skills and knowledge as needed during the project.

Application Instructions:

The position is available January 1, 2022 with an initial appointment for one year and possibility for extension for additional years. Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) 2 sample papers, (4) research statement, (5) portfolio of past research, and (6) list of 3 references with full contact information to Interfolio ( The review of applications will begin immediately and continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

For inquiries please contact Prof. Venkat Krovi, [email protected], Michelin SmartState Chair Professor of Vehicle Automation, Clemson University. Please note that US citizenship/Green Card is not necessarily required, but non-US persons will need to go through an approval process by the sponsoring agency.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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