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Postdoctoral Researcher (collaborative robotics for industrial manufacturing)

Tampere University of Technology is profiling in teaching and research on robotics and, in particular, heavy working machinery. Robotics research is expensive, challenging and multidisciplinary research field, but it has enormous future potential. This has been identified in the EU Horizon 2020 programme which aims to bring European research and industry to the front line of "robotization". In Tampere region and Finland there are several big players who benefit from the national top research and TUT has long research and industrial collaboration tradition in the field of heavy machinery.

TUT has strong background in certain fields of Intelligent Machines and Robotics, e.g., Field Robotics, Industrial Robotics, Robot Perception, Machine Learning, and Smart Machines and Manufacturing. In the future, we look forward to strengthen these fields and also to expand our research toward emerging robot technologies. The success of the research in all of these areas requires integration of a plethora of enabling technologies, in the future especially cognitive ones, and we anticipate that our widening research on these technologies will give birth to new application areas as well.

Students at TUT will be able to major in robotics from the autumn of 2017. Students majoring in the subject will be offered extensive studies in robotics and the possibilities it has to offer for society. Courses in robotics will range from fundamental theory to practical experimentation with real-life robots. A variety of interesting optional studies will also be available.

The major in robotics is aimed especially at students in TUT’s degree programmes in automation engineering, mechanical engineering, and computing and electrical engineering. Robotics students are expected to have good mathematical and computer skills, including knowledge in programming. Robotics is also a good fit as a minor subject for students in almost all degree programmes in technology.
Job description: We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate within the area of collaborative robotics for industrial manufacturing. The field of research revolves around the Factory-of-the-Future, where humans work closely together with robots, and a mutual understanding of actions and intentions is key in effective interaction. Research includes the design, development and integration of a robotic system capable of such (industrial) human-robot interaction. Cooperation is foreseen with the computer vision group, production engineering group and local industry.

The successful candidate will join the newly formed robotics group in the Automation and Hydraulic Engineering laboratory:
Requirements: The candidate should hold a PhD degree in a relevant area (e.g. robotics, ME, EE, CS) and have strong analytical and writing skills. Moreover, practical experience with robotic and perception systems and their supporting software is expected. Good programming skills are therefore required (ROS, C++, python, PCL, OpenCV).
Salary: The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a postdoctoral reseracher is placed on the job demands levels 5-6. In addition, employees receive performance based salary.
Trial period: Trial period of 4 months applies.
Other: The position is available starting from October 2017 (negotiable) and initially a one-year contract is offered with a trial period of four (4) months. Extension to four years is possible.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Roel Pieters, email: roel.pieters(at)tut.fi
How to apply: Applications must be submitted by TUT online application form. Closing date for applications is 1 October 2017 (at 24.00 EEST / 21.00 UTC).

All applications must be enclosed with the following:
- Motivation letter and research interests
- CV
- PhD thesis + copy of certificate
- list of publications
- at least two references

All attachments should preferably be in pdf format
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