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Research Mechanical Engineer - Robotics

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 8, 2023

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.



The Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics ( seeks a Research Engineer/Scientist to lead the development of mechanical systems and components for robots.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated engineer, expected to work independently and in a group environment with faculty and students. The applicant will be expected to work with mechanical and electrical systems and on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced research and development environment.

This individual will utilize Creo/Solidworks to design and reverse engineer complex assemblies and will contribute to conceptualization, proposals, execution, and logistics to facilitate research addressing critical robotics knowledge gaps.

Projects focus on robotics and range from one-off component development to large-scale coordinated efforts. Tasks focus on robot modification, custom fixtures, and data collection devices. Target platforms include medical robots, mobile robots (drones, underwater, self-driving cars), exoskeletons, and industrial robots.

Experience with robotic systems, complex assembly design, rapid prototyping, and mentoring students is preferred.

Assignments include:

· Handle multiple priorities.

· Interface with faculty, students, engineers, designers, and lab personnel.

· Research, design, manufacture, and validate complex assemblies.

· Analyze problems, provide solutions, and provide support.

· Document designs, assembly procedures, and installation protocols.

· Travel to research sites (requirement fluctuates but will generally be <10%).

· Laboratory safety, training, and management.


Required Qualifications :
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent. Candidates with a lesser degree and significant experience in lieu of master’s degree may be considered.
  • Demonstrated understanding of mechatronic system design and fabrication.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Solid understanding of engineering principles needed to design, fabricate, and validate work.
  • Strong background in complex assembly design.
  • Experience in material selection and mechanical design principles.
  • Demonstrated computer modeling/computer aided design experience.
  • Basic knowledge and capability in manufacturing processes, both traditional (lathe, mill, casting, etc.) and modern (laser cutter, 3D printing, etc.).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience working on or with robotic systems.
  • Preference for strong fabrication background.
  • Preferred Creo/Solidworks experience and PDM management.
  • Knowledge of engineering best practices.
  • Facility with Matlab, Python, or similar computational environment
Application Instructions

This is an academic appointment with career progression of Assistant Research Engineer, Associate Research Engineer, Research Engineer, and Principal Research Engineer. Initial appointment will be at a level appropriate given the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

This position is open immediately. Interested applicants should apply online via Interfolio using the Apply Now button below. Please include a detailed resume and at least three references.

For Further Information Contact

Lorrie Dodd

Administrative Manager

Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics

Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

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