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Post-Doctoral Associate in the Division of Engineering, Construction Automation

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group in the Division of Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral associate to work on automation and information technologies applied to construction and civil infrastructure. The S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group is a dynamic and interdisciplinary research group led by Prof. Borja Garc a de Soto. The core topics of the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group are Sustainable and resilient construction, Modularization and lean construction, Artificial intelligence, Robotic systems and automation, Technology integration and information modeling.

The successful applicant will lead fascinating projects focusing on the development of innovative ways to automate (including the use of robotic systems) the building, operation, inspection, retrofit, and repair of construction projects, coupled with the application of artificial intelligence and new technologies. The objectives include increasing quality and safety and reducing construction time and costs (i.e., increasing productivity). Automation is mostly intended to be done on-site using autonomous and mobile robotic systems with applicable sensors, controls, and algorithms. The post-doctoral associate will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of PhD-level scientists, graduate students and undergraduate students. The selected post-doctoral associate is expected to continuously document research progress in the form of scientific publications to be submitted to top journals.


Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or a related field and should have research experience in construction automation, building information modeling, automation/robotics, and computational design methods. Candidates are expected to have extensive and strong knowledge of Robot Operating System (ROS) and programming abilities (in C++, C, Python and MATLAB) and experience in robotic applications in real and simulated (Gazebo) environments. Experience in the application of robotics to construction, as well as building information modeling (BIM), will be an advantage. Candidates with excellent interpersonal and communications skills in English, problem-solving, the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams, scientific creativity, and decision-making abilities are preferred.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted immediately, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. The terms of employment include a highly competitive salary, medical insurance, housing allowance, annual home-leave travel, educational subsidies for children, and other benefits.

For consideration, applicants need to submit:

  • A cover letter
  • Updated curriculum vitae with a full publication list and contact information for at least three references
  • A statement of research interests
  • Sample relevant publications (if available)

All in PDF format via the interfolio platform. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Borja Garc a de Soto at

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. NYUAD is an equal-opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals. Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University s mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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NYU is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion.


NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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