How to Join our Group

New! (posted June 2015)

We are actively recruiting postdocs and graduate students this year!

Take a look at our postdoc advertisement on the wyss institute website: Postdoctoral Positions in Bio-inspired Engineering and Collective Intelligence (scroll down a bit to see the ad). We are specifically interested in two areas: Design of Novel Robot Swarms (robotics/ee/meche) and Insect Collective Behavior (biology/compbio). Check out the ad for more details on the positions and how to apply.

We will also be looking for graduate students this year. One area of special interest is the design of novel robot systems (see our prior work in kilobot swarm and termes robots), so if you are interested in swarm robotics and have a background in electrical engneering design, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, or general robot design, we hope you will consider applying. But will also be looking in all other areas as well, as described below. If you are interested in our group, read the information below and apply!



First, thanks for your interest in our group! Although we tend to be a small group, we are always looking for creative and strong students and postdocs. We do lots of cool stuff, spanning computer science, robotics, and biology. Our lab is committed to having a diverse, interdisciplinary, team-oriented, and fun environment.

Applying for Graduate School

About My Group: The main theme in our lab is studying collective behavior, but we do both theory and hardware, and both bio-inspired and collaborations with biologists. You can learn more about what our projects look like by reading the selected articles from our group and seeing the videos on our youtube channel I tend to have a small group with no more than 6-8 people, and each graduate student owns their own thesis project. Take a look at our website to see the many current and past projects -- new project ideas come up every year, especially as new people join.

About the Application Process: Our group admits students for PhDs in CS (Artificial Intelligence) AM (Theoretical Biology or Engineering Mathematics) EE (Systems and Control) and Mat/ME (Robotics). It is important that you mention Radhika Nagpal (and other faculty whose group you are interested in) in the faculty of interest section. It is also very useful if your research statement gives clear idea of your research interests and how they intersect with ours. At Harvard we do a mix of admitting students to AI/Robotics in general and to specific groups; helps if there are multiple groups that you might like to join.

Contact: Finally, while email is nice, I do get a lot! I don't mind receiveing emails with additional details, or just to get your name on my radar. But it is unlikely I will be able to reply. Rest assured, we consider ALL applicants, whether or not you email me. And we do not consider who to admit until all of the applications are in, generally in Jan/Feb.

Applying for Postdoctoral Positions

We occasionally have postdoctoral position openings, directly with our group or with the Wyss Institute. We will put up those advertisements on our website and advertise them through robotics-worldwide mailing list. Feel free to email me if you feel there is a really good match between your work and ours, and I will try to get back to you if I can.


Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.