Adjunct Instructor - Modern C++ and Robotics Frameworks
Brandeis University - GPS
April 19, 2018
Higher Education Institution
Graduate Professional Studies, Adjunct Faculty
Modern C++ and Robotics Frameworks
Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) is looking for an industry leader to develop and teach in our new Robotic Software Engineering Master’s Program. Brandeis University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities, and our online courses are developed using best practices in online learning. Information about Brandeis University and Graduate Professional Studies can be found online at www.Brandeis.edu/GPS.
About the position:
We are currently looking to hire an adjunct instructor for RBOT 210: Modern C++ and Robotics Frameworks. The instructor for this core course will help students understand and use the technology stack required to make an autonomous robot. Students will acquire the skills needed to transition robotics research to practice, while incorporating elements of good software design.
About the course:
RBOT 210 is an introduction to ROS framework and its architecture. Students will learn how to use ROS components to build the software system of a Robot. The course will also cover an introduction to Modern C++ with Template metaprogramming, C++11 idioms, shared pointers, etc.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Design and implement programmatic solutions to enable robots to function autonomously
Develop modern C++ software to build end-to-end robot software systems
Understand and use design and architectural patterns that are prevalent in Robotic software systems
Effectively use tools in ROS, Gazebo, and analytic dashboards to drive engineering of the robot software system
Illustrate the use of modern C++ techniques, design paradigms, etc during description of each of the above topics
About the Masters in Robotic Software Engineering Program:
From self-driving cars to farming to advances in healthcare and caretaking, nearly every global industry will be impacted by autonomous robots and the software that drives them. The Masters in Robotic Software Engineering will allow students to develop an advanced understanding of robotic engineering concepts and learn from leading software engineers and roboticists.
All GPS Masters courses are 10-weeks long and taught asynchronously in the online learning environment with no set days or times for interaction.
About GPS Faculty:
GPS Faculty instructors are active practitioners in the industries that align with our programs and have the professional expertise to bring to course discussions and threads. Instructors are part time and work fully online, with no requirement to appear on campus. Our faculty have earned at least a master's degree with many holding terminal academic degrees and industry-specific credentials. Previous experience teaching online is not required; GPS offers a comprehensive training program for qualified applicants.
Qualified candidates will have Subject Matter Qualifications in the following areas:
Current active employment in the Robotics Software Engineering field, or related industry*
Minimum of 5 - 10 years of hands on experience with C++ software development, software engineering and life cycle
Experience developing robotic applications using ROS and other open source frameworks
Experience with robotic system architecture development
Strong understanding of ROS architecture and its components (and tools such as rviz, gazebo, etc.)
Strong understanding of architectural and design patterns, C++ templates and metaprogramming techniques
Teaching experience preferred; online teaching or learning experience preferred
General responsibilities include:
For new courses requiring development:
Design a syllabus following program chair guidance and the syllabus template
Create content that aligns with course outcomes and offers the author’s experiences and perspectives on key points
For all courses - develop and deliver the course according to our teaching standards, which include actively facilitating online discussions, providing relevant and timely feedback on student work, reporting grades, and discussing student issues with staff
Create or refine and facilitate the course site in the Moodle learning management system
General skill requirements include:
Strong interpersonal skills when relating to students
The ability to communicate effectively in writing, including conveying complex information and promoting in-depth engagement on course topics
The ability to devote adequate time to courses, including responding to students and providing meaningful feedback in a timely manner
* Graduate Professional Studies Adjunct instructors are active professionals in their respective fields. Researchers and scientists in academic settings may be actively engaged with companies on projects with industry impact. Applicants for adjunct instructor positions whose full-time position is in an academic setting should elaborate on their work and provide specific examples outlining how they actively engage with industry.
About Brandeis University - GPS
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of th...e American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.