[robotics-worldwide] PhD Position at TU Berlin

Brock, Oliver oliver.brock at tu-berlin.de
Fri Nov 6 12:23:40 PST 2009

Open Research Position in Robotics: Motion Generation for Mobile Manipulation

Position: Ph.D. student
Topic: motion generation for mobile manipulation


The Robotics and Biology Laboratory in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Technische Universität Berlin has an immediate opening!

About the Research
The Robotics and Biology Laboratory conducts cutting-edge research in the area of autonomous mobile manipulation, including work on manipulation, interactive perception, grasping, computer vision, motion generation, motion planning, and robotic cognition. Our work is motivated by the desire to create robotic systems that perform dexterous manipulation tasks in everyday environments with a level of competency rivaling that of humans.  We strive to demonstrate our research on real-world robotic systems in everyday environments. This requires the tight integration of autonomous capabilities in manipulation, perception, planning, control, machine learning, and reasoning. Researchers in our lab work at the intersection of at least two of these areas, creating innovative solutions to long-standing research challenges in robotics and artificial intelligence.  Research projects will be tailored to the preferences, skills, and experience of the successful applicant.

Desired Skills
The successful applicant has completed a Masters degree in computer science or a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: motion planning, control, hybrid systems. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. Experience with programming and operating real-world robots and with the development of large integrated software is a plus. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.  Knowledge of German is useful but not required.

About the Robotics and Biology Laboratory
The Robotics and Biology Laboratory is an international leader in the field of autonomous mobile manipulation. The lab is generously funded through the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. It has large, newly renovated laboratory and office space on the campus of the TU Berlin in the middle of Berlin. The lab home to top-notch, state-of-the-art mobile manipulators and robots; it is equipped with all the toys and bells and whistles that a roboticist might desire. The lab maintains close research ties to top universities in Germany, Europe, and the USA. The Robotics and Biology Laboratory provides an ideal environment for launching a successful career in academia or industry.

About Berlin
Berlin is a thriving center for science, culture, politics, and media right in the middle of Europe. Berlin is the most populous city in Germany, but through its many parks, forests, and lakes within the city limits, it provides a quality of life that is quite unique among large cities in the world. At the same time, the cost of living is very low. Berlin is home to three high-quality universities and many academic, governmental, and industrial research organizations.

Wikipedia about Berlin: "The metropolis is home to world-renowned universities, research institutes, sporting events, orchestras, museums and personalities. Berlin's urban landscape and historical legacy has made it a popular setting for international film productions. The city is recognized for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living. Berlin has evolved into a global focal point for young individuals and artists attracted by a liberal lifestyle and modern zeitgeist."

How to Apply
International applications are encouraged to apply and will receive logistic support with visa issues. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. Please email your application, including cover letter, CV, scanned transcripts, diplomas, publications, theses, other supporting material, and the contact information for at least two references as a single PDF file with "Application Motion Generation" in the subject line to robotics at robotics.tu-berlin.de. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact

Mrs Gudrun Pourshirazi
Tel. +49 30 314-73 110
Fax  +49 30 314-21 116
robotics at robotics.tu-berlin.de

TU Berlin, Fakultät IV
Robotics, EN 10
Einsteinufer 17
10587 Berlin

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