Internship Openings

28 Intern positions are currently open.

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Rising to the challenges of COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has impacted every aspect of life-how we live, work, and interact. At MERL, we are committed to maintaining our internship program through these challenging times.

MERL continues to actively seek candidates for research internships -- some of the posted positions are immediately available, while others target the summer of 2021. Please consider applying for positions of interest. Our researchers will follow up to schedule an interview by phone or video conference for qualified candidates.

Due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, our current internships are mostly remote. Next summer we hope the situation will be better and our internships will be at MERL, but if it is not, most internships will continue to be remote. However, some of the internships require onsite work. Please check for any specific requirements for onsite work in the job description.


  • CV1568: Uncertainty Estimation in 3D Face Landmark Tracking

    • We are seeking a highly motivated intern to conduct original research extending MERL's work on uncertainty estimation in face landmark localization (the LUVLi model) to the domains of 3D faces and video sequences. The successful candidate will collaborate with MERL researchers to design and implement new models, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The candidate should be a PhD student in computer vision and machine learning with a strong publication record. Experience in deep learning-based face landmark estimation, video tracking, and 3D face modeling is preferred. Strong programming skills, experience developing and implementing new models in deep learning platforms such as PyTorch, and broad knowledge of machine learning and deep learning methods are expected.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Tim Marks
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  • CV1546: Vibration analysis in video sequences

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on vibration analysis in video sequences. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. student with a strong background in machine learning, optimization and computer vision. Experience in computational photography and MATLAB/Python is a plus. You are expected to collaborate with MERL researchers to develop algorithms and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The internship is for a minimum of 3 months and the start date is flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Jeroen van Baar
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  • SP1475: Advanced Signal Processing for Metasurface

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join an internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on Advanced Signal Processing for Metasurface. The candidate is expected to develop innovative signal processing for metasurface aided various applications. Candidates should have strong knowledge about electromagnetic field analysis for metasurface, passive beamforming, interference mitigation, and channel estimation. Proficient programming skills with Python, MATLAB, and C++, and strong mathematical analysis will be additional assets to this position. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, with a flexible start date in 2020. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Communications, Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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  • SP1468: Quantum Machine Learning

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on research for quantum machine learning (QML). The ideal candidate is an experienced PhD student or post-graduate researcher having an excellent background in quantum computing, deep learning, and signal processing. Proficient programming skills with PyTorch, Qiskit, and PennyLane will be additional assets to this position. Also note that we wish to fill this position as soon as possible and expect that the candidate will be available during this fall/winter. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Toshi Koike-Akino
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  • SP1517: AI-based spectrum management for 5G wireless networks and beyond

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join a thirteen weeks internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on emerging 5G wireless networks and beyond for industrial applications. The candidate is expected to develop innovative spectrum-based traffic recognition and optimal scheduling for local spectrum access. Candidates should have strong knowledge about 5G networks, spectrum management, cognitive radio, and neural network. Proficient programming skills with MATLAB, C++, Python (Pytorch), experience with ns-3 simulator, and strong mathematical analysis will be additional assets to this position. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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  • SP1516: Machine Learning for Optical Communications

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on machine learning for coherent optical transmission systems. The ideal candidate would be an experienced PhD student or post-graduate researcher working in coherent optical communications. The candidate should have a detailed knowledge of optical communications, with some experience in machine learning, probabilistic shaping, coded modulation or ultra-wideband optical transmission systems preferred. Strong programming skills in MATLAB or Python are essential. Experience of working in an optical lab environment is a required. Duration is 3 to 6 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Signal Processing
    • Host: Kieran Parsons
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  • SP1582: Source & Channel Coding

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our internship program of research on applied coding for data science. The ideal candidate is expected to possess an excellent background in channel coding, source coding, information theory, coding theory, coded modulation design, signal processing, deep learning, quantum computing, and molecular computing. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Toshi Koike-Akino
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  • SP1307: Vehicular traffic environment sensing

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join a three month internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on environmental sensing in high frequency bands. The candidate is expected to develop innovative sensing technologies. Candidates should have strong knowledge about neural network and learning techniques, such as machine learning, deep learning, shallow learning, and distributed learning. In addition, understanding of spectrum sensing and wireless communications technologies is necessary. Proficient programming skills with Python, MATLAB, and C++, and strong mathematical analysis will be additional assets to this position. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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  • SP1537: Machine Learning for Wireless Communications

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on machine learning for wireless communication systems. The ideal candidate would be an experienced PhD student or post-graduate researcher working in wireless communications with a focus on machine learning methods. The candidate should have a detailed knowledge of wireless communications, with some experience in machine learning, MIMO, and/or channel equalization preferred. Strong programming skills in Python and machine learning frameworks are essential. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months with flexible start date and length. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Machine Learning
    • Host: Ye Wang
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  • SP1543: Technologies for multimodal imaging

    • MERL is seeking a motivated intern to assist in developing hardware and algorithms for multimodal imaging applications. The project involves integration of radar, camera, and depth sensors in a variety of sensing scenarios. The ideal candidate should have experience with hardware interfacing, C++, Python, and scripting methods. Experience with radar prototyping hardware is desired but not necessary. Good knowledge of computational imaging and/or radar imaging methods is a plus. This internship requires work that can only be done at MERL.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Signal Processing
    • Host: Petros Boufounos
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  • SP1542: Research in Computational Sensing

    • The Computational Sensing team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to assist in the development of computational methods for a variety of sensing applications. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students and have solid background and publication record in any of the following, or related areas: imaging inverse problems, learning for inverse problems, large-scale optimization, blind inverse scattering, radar/lidar/sonar imaging, sensing of dynamical systems, or wave-based inversion. Experience with experimentally measured data is desirable. Publication of the results produced during our internships is expected. The duration of the internships is anticipated to be 3-6 months. Start date is flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing
    • Host: Petros Boufounos
    • Apply Now
  • SP1504: Coherent Imaging Systems

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on coherent optical imaging. The ideal candidate would be an experienced PhD student or post-graduate researcher working in coherent imaging. The candidate should have a detailed knowledge of optical interferometry and imaging with a focus on either optical coherence tomography, optical coherence microscopy or FMCW LIDAR. Strong programming skills in MATLAB are essential. Experience of working in an optical lab environment is a required. Duration is 3 to 6 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    • Host: Kieran Parsons
    • Apply Now
  • DA1508: Safe reinforcement learning for real-life applications

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in safe reinforcement learning (RL). The ideal candidate should have solid background in RL, e.g. CMDP, and RMDP theories. Knowledge of dynamical system theory and nonlinear control theory is a plus, but not a requirement. Publication of the results produced during the internship is anticipated, e.g., ICML, ICLR, NeurIPS. Duration of the internship is expected to be 3 months. Start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence
    • Host: Mouhacine Benosman
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  • SA1612: End-to-end speech and audio processing

    • MERL is looking for interns to work on fundamental research in the area of end-to-end speech and audio processing for new and challenging environments using advanced machine learning techniques. The intern will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and learning methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for high-impact publication. The ideal candidates would be senior Ph.D. students with experience in one or more of automatic speech recognition, speech enhancement, sound event detection, and natural language processing, including good theoretical and practical knowledge of relevant machine learning algorithms with related programming skills. The internship will take place during fall/winter 2021 with an expected duration of 3-6 months and a flexible start date. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Speech & Audio
    • Host: Takaaki Hori
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  • SA1611: Audio source separation and sound event detection

    • We are seeking a graduate student interested in helping advance the fields of source separation, speech enhancement, and sound event detection/localization in challenging multi-source and far-field scenarios. The intern will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and optimization methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The ideal candidate would be a senior Ph.D. student with experience in audio signal processing, microphone array processing, probabilistic modeling, and deep learning techniques requiring minimal supervision (e.g., unsupervised, weakly-supervised, self-supervised, or few shot learning). The internship will take place during fall/winter 2021 with an expected duration of 3-6 months and a flexible start date. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    • Host: Gordon Wichern
    • Apply Now
  • CA1646: Path Planning and Model Predictive Control for Autonomous Vehicles

    • MERL is seeking highly motivated and qualified interns to collaborate on the implementation and experimental validation of algorithms for path/motion planning and optimization-based tracking control in autonomous vehicles. An ideal candidate should have experience in path planning and/or model predictive control (MPC) for autonomous vehicles, and the candidate should be familiar with Matlab and Simulink. Any experience with dSPACE (e.g., MicroAutoBox) or C/C++ code generation is a plus. Both MS and PhD students are welcome to apply. Start date for this internship is as soon as possible, and the expected duration is about 3 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Rien Quirynen
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  • CA1529: Energy Management for Electric Vehicles

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to conduct research on data-driven energy management strategies for (hybrid) electric vehicles. The candidate will develop methods that use data, e.g., of human drivers or traffic conditions, in order to improve the control of electric vehicles. The ideal candidate will have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: model predictive control, machine learning, statistical learning, numerical optimization, and (inverse) optimal control. Prior experience with (hybrid) electric vehicles is a plus. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or C/C++ are required. PhD students in engineering or mathematics with a focus on control theory or numerical optimization are encouraged to apply. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months. The start date is flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
    • Host: Marcel Menner
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  • CA1649: Motion planning and control: Design and experimental validation

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to collaborate in the development and experimental validation of control and motion planning methods in various robotic testbeds (quadrotors and mini-cars) at MERL. The ideal candidate is enrolled in a Masters/PhD program in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science or related program, with prior experience in motion planning, control, machine learning and their application in mobile robots, including experimental validation. The successful candidate is proficient in ROS, C/C++ and Python, and at least familiar with MATLAB. The expected duration of the internship is at least 3 months with possible extensions and with a flexible start date in the Fall 2021. This internship requires work that can only be done at MERL.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Robotics
    • Host: Abraham P. Vinod
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  • CA1519: Estimation for High-Precision Positioning

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated candidate for development of next-generation high-precision positioning methods for autonomous systems applications, e.g., autonomous driving. The candidate will work with the Control for Autonomy team and the Signal Processing group in developing satellite-based positioning methods using information from multiple sources. Previous experience with at least some of the Bayesian inference, distributed estimation, satellite navigation systems, is highly desirable. Solid knowledge in MATLAB is required, working experience in C/C++ is desired, and previous experience with satellite navigation packages such as RTKLib is a merit. PhD candidates meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months with flexible start date. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Karl Berntorp
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  • CA1528: Learning-Based Stochastic Predictive Control

    • MERL is looking for highly motivated interns to work in the domain of data-based controller design and algorithms for stochastic model predictive control (MPC) methods. The research involves the derivation, implementation, and validation of novel algorithms for optimization-based/data-driven control for industrial applications, e.g., related to autonomous driving and robotics. The ideal candidate has experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: stochastic MPC (e.g., scenario trees or tube MPC), (inverse) optimal control, convex and nonconvex optimization, parallel processing, real-time optimization, machine learning, statistical learning, and Bayesian inference. PhD students in engineering or mathematics, especially with a focus on stochastic and learning-based control or numerical optimization, are encouraged to apply. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. Capability of implementing the designs and algorithms in MATLAB/Python is expected; coding parts of the algorithms in C/C++ is a plus. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, and the start date is flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Karl Berntorp
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  • CA1531: Learning-based multi-agent motion planning

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to research multi-agent motion planning by combining optimization-based methods with machine learning. The ideal candidate is enrolled in a PhD program in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science or related program, with prior experience in multi-agent motion planning, machine learning (especially supervised, reinforcement, and safe ML), and convex and non-convex optimization. A successful internship will result in innovative methods for multiagent planning, in the development of well-documented (Python/MATLAB) code for validating the proposed methods, and in the submission of relevant results for publication in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals. The expected duration of the internship is 3 months with a flexible start date in the Spring/Summer 2021. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Abraham P. Vinod
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  • CA1530: Hybrid Control of Cyberphysical Systems

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in the development of hybrid control algorithms for cyberphysical system. The potential subjects include formal methods for control synthesis, control barrier-functions, stabilizing control for hybrid dynamical systems, and optimal control of hybrid dynamics. The ideal candidate is expected to be working towards a PhD with strong emphasis in control theory, and to have interest and background in as many as possible among: predictive control, Lyapunov stability, formal methods for control, constrained control, optimization, and machine learning. Good programming skills in MATLAB, and/or Python are required. The expected duration of the internship is in the Spring of 2021, for a duration of 3-6 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA1565: Connected Vehicle Driver Assistance Systems

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team and the Signal Processing group in the development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Connected Vehicles. The intern will collaborate in the development of methods for distributed learning and optimization of ADAS using data-sharing between connected vehicles and infrastructure. The ideal candidate has knowledge of machine learning, optimization and connected vehicles. Knowledge of one or more traffic and/or multi-vehicle simulators (SUMO, Vissim, etc.) is a plus. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or C/C++ are required. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, starting in Spring or Summer 2021, but later starting periods may also be considered. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • MD1377: Adaptive Optimal Control of Electrical Machines

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in control of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in adaptive dynamic programming and state/parameter estimation for electrical machines, demonstrated capability to publish results in leading conferences/journals, and experience with real-time control experiments involving high power devices. Senior Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Electric Systems, Machine Learning
    • Host: Yebin Wang
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  • MD1648: THz Electronic Sensing

    • MERL is looking for a senior Ph.D. student to join our team to conduct application-motivated research and experiments. The candidate must have hands-on practical lab experiment experience on millimeter-wave, sub-THz, or THz for sensing, radar, and other applications. Skills of using RF/Microwave Lab equipment are necessary. Knowledge of solid-state device physics, high frequency, and high speed integrated circuit (IC) chip design, and signal processing is desired. The internship is expected to be 3-6 months, starting date is flexible after September. This internship requires work that can only be done at MERL.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Computational Sensing, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    • Host: Rui Ma
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  • MD1593: Design Optimization for Electric Machines

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified intern to conduct research on design optimization of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid background and demonstrated research experience in mathematical optimization methods, especially in topology optimization, robust optimization, sensitivity analysis, and machine learning techniques. Hands-on experiences with the implementation of optimization algorithms, machine learning and deep learning methods are highly desirable. Knowledge and experience with electric machine principle, design and finite-element analysis is a strong plus. Senior Ph.D. students in related expertise are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3-6 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1561: Desgn and fabrication of power devices in power electronics or RF

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our 3-month internship program to carry out research in the area of power electronics and RF semiconductors devices. The ideal candidate should have a significant background in the simulation and design of a 2D and 3D GaN devices using Matlab and TCAD. Proficiency in device semiconductor modeling or hands-on experience in GaN device fabrication processes and a deep knowledge of negative capacitance would be a great asset. Candidates who hold a PhD or in their senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Electronic and Photonic Devices
    • Host: Koon Hoo Teo
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  • MD1300: Compiler Optimizations for Linear Algebra Kernels

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on automatic, compiler based techniques for optimizing linear algebra kernels. The ideal candidate is a Ph.D. student in computer science with extensive experience in compiler design and source code optimization techniques. In particular, the successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of polyhedral optimization techniques, the LLVM compiler, and Polly. Strong C/C++ skills and knowledge of LLVM at the source level are required. Publication of results in conference proceedings and journals is expected. The expected duration of the internship is 3 months and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Abraham Goldsmith
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