[robotics-worldwide] PhD/Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Human-Robot Interactive Manufacturing

Gassert Roger gassertr at ethz.ch
Thu Jun 3 15:00:29 PDT 2010

PhD/Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Human-Robot Interactive Manufacturing

The Institute of Mechatronic Systems at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (http://www.ims.zhaw.ch/) and the Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at ETH Zurich (http://www.relab.ethz.ch) are seeking applications for a PhD/postdoctoral researcher position in the context of the EU project ECHORD, which supports experimental research in human-robot cooperation scenarios. The project JILAS (Jig-Less Airplane Assembly in low volume production by enhanced human robot interaction) will investigate an experimental scenario for an assembly task of a Swiss airplane manufacturer. The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until it is filled.

Project Topics:
** human-robot interfaces
** force-controlled industrial robots
** safe industrial robots
** integration of supportive measurement systems

Project Goals:
** enable enhanced and intuitive human-robot interaction to achieve maximum efficiency at lowest cost for low volume production processes
** set up an appropriate test scenario and propose a feasible solution for an industrial environment
** develop and test all-time and all-situation safe cooperation schemes for human-robot interaction
** enable absolute robot positioning through adequate measurement technologies to augment human cognition with machine precision and endurance

Applicants should have a university degree (master/diploma) in mechanical/electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. Successful candidates are expected to bring along:
** profound knowledge of robot kinematics and dynamics
** Java programming skills
** good practical skills
** good oral and written english skills to disseminate the results through scientific publications and presentations

What we offer:
** a dynamic work environment among highly motivated students and staff
** access to the institute's extensive infrastructure / mechanical workshop
** a competitive salary and excellent social benefits

The project will be carried out at the Institute of Mechatronic Systems in Winterthur, Switzerland. After a successful probatory period of 3 months, PhD candidates will be enrolled in the doctoral school of ETH Zurich under the

How to apply:
Applications and enquiries should be sent by email to Prof. Hans Wernher van de Venn (wernher.vandevenn at zhaw.ch) and Prof. Roger Gassert (gassertr at ethz.ch) with "JILAS position" as subject. Applications should include a short motivation letter (describing the applicants background, career plans, motivation for a PhD/postdoc and date of availability), CV (with list of publications if applicable), portfolio of relevant previous projects (including an electronic copy of the master/PhD thesis), academic transcripts, as well as names and contact information of at least two references. Please also indicate from which source you became aware of this opening

Prof. Dr. Roger Gassert
Rehabilitation Engineering Lab
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
ETH Zürich, LEO B 9.1
Leonhardstrasse 27
8092 Zürich, Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 632 32 66
E-Mail: gassertr at ethz.ch

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