Assistant Research Engineer in Mechanical Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

United States


General Description


The Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics ( seeks an Assistant 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 in a fast-paced research environment.

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

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

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

Assignments include:

  • Managing multiple priorities
  • Interfacing with faculty, students, engineers, designers, and lab personnel
  • Researching, designing, and validating complex assemblies
  • Analyzing problems, providing solutions, and providing support
  • Documenting designs, assembly procedures, and installation protocols
  • Travel to research sites (will fluctuate with projects, but will generally be <10%).



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. Ph.D. is a plus
  • Demonstrated understanding of robot mechanical systems
  • Strong writing 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 given for experience in academic or industry research environment
  • Preference for strong fabrication background
  • Preferred ProE/Solidworks experience
  • Knowledge of engineering best practices
  • Experience with Matlab, Python, or similar computational environment


Application Instructions

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

For Further Information Contact

Lorrie Dodd

Administrative Manager

Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics

Johns Hopkins University


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