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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 507804
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Khoury College of Computer Sciences

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Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

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Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

This postdoc will focus on (hierarchical) multi-agent reinforcement learning (MARL). The goal will be to develop new MARL methods that are both general and scale well (in terms of the horizon and the problem space). The current plan is to use hierarchy for this purpose, but the type of method is open based on the postdoc’s background and interests. The methods will be tested on common benchmark problems as well as simulated aerial combat. As a result, there will be opportunities for cooperative MARL as well as mixed (cooperative and competitive) MARL.

Salary Range for this position is $60,000-$75,000


Initiating, executing, and completing research and experiments

Preparing, writing (and presenting) research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.

Laboratory management

Training graduate students


  • Top-tier publications in the multi-agent reinforcement learning (e.g., NeurIPS, ICML, AAMAS, AAAI, IJCAI)
  • Extensive experience programming in a high-level language such as python
  • Self-motivated
  • Works well with a team
  • Must have completed PhD by the start date
  • Knowledge of aerial vehicles is helpful, but not required


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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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