Research Scientist / Principal Research Scientist - Robotic Vision

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Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Research Scientist or Principal Research Scientist to join its Computer Vision Group. Successful candidates will be expected to perform original, relevant research in the areas of Robotics related to robotic vision, object detection, classification and manipulation.

MERL is the North American Research and Development organization for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO,, a $42B global leader in electrical products including factory automation (robot manipulators, servo systems), automotive electronics (infotainment, navigation), visual information systems (arena displays, televisions), building systems (elevators, escalator, HVAC), energy systems (power generation, power devices, photovoltaics), space systems (satellites, telescopes), communications (fiber optic, wireless). With more than 25 years of innovation, MERL is proud to foster an environment that gives researchers the opportunity to set their own path and pursue their passions. The culture at MERL, which values both fundamental scientific contributions and its application to real business, allows for all of our researchers to become leaders in their field. There is no other industrial lab with this level of freedom and flexibility.

The Computer Vision Group at MERL conducts fundamental, academically-oriented, cutting-edge research that is applied to challenging industrial problems such as object, action and scene understanding, robotic vision, and autonomous driving, as well as surveillance and monitoring systems. MERL has been setting the standard for research excellence in the computer vision field for over 25 years. MERL published one of the first papers on a learning-based approach for super-resolution of images, and, starting with the publication of the landmark Viola-Jones face detection paper, MERL has steadily contributed to the state-of-the-art in the detection and classification of objects and actions.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting innovative research in computer vision related to robotic vision and object manipulation,
  • Publishing results in leading technical journals, conferences, and in patent applications,
  • Partnering with corporate R&D, business units, and academic groups in the execution of R&D projects,
  • Transferring results and technology to MELCO corporate research laboratories, and
  • Drafting project proposals and leading research projects.

The successful candidate will bring an independent research agenda and a track record commensurate with experience, and be willing and able to form and work within interdisciplinary R&D teams. This opportunity is to shape and drive a corporate R&D agenda in computer vision and robotics, with the intent to impact the academic research field and MELCO businesses. Additional responsibilities may include strategic planning, mentoring and supervision of technical staff and interns with the potential to lead a team and make additional hires in this research area.

Qualifications for this position are:

  • A Ph.D. related to computer vision and robotics from an internationally-recognized institution,
  • A strong publication record in leading conferences and journals, consistent with experience,
  • A record for independently proposing and executing research programs with academic impact,
  • Extensive knowledge and ability to apply computer vision theory and techniques to robotics,
  • Strong teamwork, communication, listening, strategic leadership and teaching skills.

Additional qualifications for Principal Research Scientist:

  • A minimum of 5 years of research experience post Ph.D.
  • A minimum of 20 publications in leading computer vision journals and conferences

Research Area: Computer Vision

Contact: Alan Sullivan

Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Inc. "MERL" provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MERL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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