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PhD positions in Optimization-based Robot Planning & Control at Purdue University

The Cognitive Robot Autonomy and Learning (CoRAL) Lab in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University (, under the direction of Prof. Ahmed Qureshi (, is looking to fill multiple Ph.D. positions in optimization-based robot planning and control for solving real-world manipulation tasks in complex, cluttered environments.

Any candidate with proven experience and a healthy publication record is encouraged to apply. However, a strong preference will be given to candidates with publication in the following or other similar venues: RSS, ICRA, IROS, CVPR, ICCV, NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, SIGGRAPH, etc.

The selected candidates will conduct independent research and publish high-impact papers in top robotics, computer vision, and machine learning venues. To apply, please fill out this form and send a single PDF of the following documents to

  • a cover letter
  • university transcripts
  • names and contact information of three references
  • copies of up to three of your relevant scientific papers

Applicants are encouraged to include a link to their personal website or multimedia portfolio. Send applications and specific questions to and have the subject line “[jobs] Ph.D. - your name”.

Some relevant links:

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