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Postdoctoral Scholar, Digital Twinning for Robotics, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Job ID: 25398

Updated: March 31, 2022

Location: Main Campus

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Position Description

Area: Digital Twinning for Robotics    
Duration: 24+ months    
Start date: Negotiable start date    
Salary: $40,000 to $60,000 CAD per year, plus University of Calgary Postdoctoral Health Insurance     

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of digital twinning.

Job Description:

This postdoctoral position involves developing machine learning techniques to build a digital twin of an industrial machine/robot/autonomous vehicle to estimate their condition and to predict required maintenance time. This position is available in the Intelligent Dynamics and Control Laboratory (IDCL) at the University of Calgary. We value diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who further enhance our diversity. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the supervisor, undergraduate and graduate students, and external researchers, and will be given the opportunity for career growth and development, grant writing and mentoring students.  


  • Recent PhD (less than 5 years from PhD graduation) in Mechanical, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or a related field with a focus in one or more areas, including, robotics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science.
  • Excellent verbal and scientific written English communication skills
  • Experience in the following areas:
    • Strong understanding of Machine Learning theory and Data driven modeling
    • Hands on experience with Statistics
    • Strong programming skills with Python, TensorFlow/PyTorch
    • Strong record of first-author publications at peer-reviewed conferences or journals
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Robotics
    • Digital twinning
    • Data-driven modeling
    • Data-driven condition monitoring
    • Predictive maintenance

Application details:  

For full consideration, please submit your applications on or before April 15, 2022 via email to Dr. Mahdis Bisheban ([email protected]) with the subject line “Postdoc Application- Digital Twin”. All applications must include:

  • Cover letter including relevant research experience and statement of research interest,
  • Sample of relevant publications,
  • Current CV;
  • (unofficial or official) copies of diplomas/university certificates; and
  • Names and contact information of at least two (2) referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience to support your application

The start date is negotiable, but candidates who can begin sooner will be given preference. Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience and subject to regulations for stipends for postdoctoral fellows.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

This position is located in Calgary, Alberta. The successful candidate is expected to relocate, if necessary, to begin work as soon as possible.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further.

We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website. 

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

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