Postdoc Researchers

The Advanced Controls Research Laboratory at UIUC is looking for postdoc researchers working on topics related to safe autonomous systems. This position is available immediately. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Professor Naira Hovakimyan.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  • Conduct research in learning-enabled robust adaptive control, certifiably robust perception and uncertainty quantification, and safe and uncertainty-aware planning.
  • Publish research results in leading journals and conferences in the fields of control, machine learning, and robotics.
  • Lead group projects.
  • Collaborate with graduate students working on related research projects.
  • Write proposals for funding opportunities.
  • Other duties as requested.

Qualifications & Skills:

Education: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.

Experience: Must have a background in one or more fields of control theory, machine learning, optimization, and robotics. A publication record in these fields or related fields is preferred.

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, documentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in English communication and excellent technical writing skills required.
  • The ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary team setting, prioritize and perform multiple tasks in a dynamic environment, and execute detailed technical protocols meticulously.
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritize and multitask.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Programming in MATLAB, python, or other programming languages
  • Ability to work in Linux-based high-performance computing environments

Instructions for application:

Applicants for the postdoc position should contact Professor Naira Hovakimyan ( with their CV, two representative publications, and the contact information for 1-3 references.

The position will be for an initial period of 1 year, with the possibility of extending the position for multiple years.

Undergraduate or Graduate Students

The ACRL in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC is currently looking for an undergraduate or graduate intern student to work on reinforcement learning (RL) for intelligent agricultural management. The primary responsibilities include

– Developing the software interfaces for converting crop simulators (DSSAT, APSIM) to Gym environments to be used for RL training

– Applying modern deep RL algorithms to learn long-term management policies to maximize crop production while reducing environmental impact.


– Good coding skills

– Familiarity with Python

– Commitment of 8+ hours each week for 3+ months

– Knowledge of reinforcement learning

– Willingness to learn to use crop modes (DSSAT, APSIM)

The students are suggested to check our recent work in this direction. An introduction of a relevant project is available at Interested students should send an email mentioning “RL for agricultural management" in the title to Dr. Pan Zhao ( with resumes included.



Naira Hovakimyan
W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor
2011 Mechanical Engineering Lab,
105 S Mathews Ave,
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Lab

Room 2009, Mechanical Engineering Lab, Urbana, IL 61801, USA