[robotics-worldwide] Deadline approaching (june 30) for postdoc opening at LIRMM in Montpellier, France

Andrea Cherubini andrea.cherubini at lirmm.fr
Fri Jun 8 03:07:45 PDT 2012

Laboratory: LIRMM (CNRS/University Montpellier 2), Montpellier, France
Department: Robotics Department
Duration: 12 months (approximately from October 2012 to October 2013) possibly extendable.

In the context of the French National Research Agency (ANR) funded Project ICARO, the LIRMM has an opening for a postdoctoral research position. 

The LIRMM Robotics Department is organized in 5 project-teams, covering research in automatics, signal and image processing, and mechanical design. Specifically, the ICARO project is carried out by the IDH (Interactive Digital Humans) team, along with various other cutting-edge French research laboratories, and with industrial partners PSA (Peugeot Citröen) and EADS (the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company).

Montpellier (population 265000), located in southern France, is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years. The city is situated on hilly ground only 10 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean coast. The monthly mean temperature ranges from 7.1 °C in January to 23.4 °C in July.

Within the ICARO project, we aim at improving and simplifying the interaction between industrial robots on one side, and humans and the environment on the other side. A major objective is the development and dissemination of intuitive software tools integrated via the middleware architecture ROS. In particular, the perspective candidate should focus on sensor-based control schemes for safe human-robot interaction within industrial scenarios. This goal will be achieved by utilizing traditional cameras along with force sensors and a kinect. The robotic platform will be the Kuka Lightweight Robot (LWR), and a typical scenario could consist, for instance, in object handover between robot and human. 

*Application package:*

Applicants should hold a PhD in robotics, be self-motivated, and have a publication record in one or
more of the following areas:  
1) Sensor-based control (visual and/or force-based) 
2) Human-Robot Interaction

In addition, the ideal candidate should possess expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- Proficiency in C++ software programming
- Hands-on experience with robotics platforms (in particular Kuka LWR) and sensors (in particular, monocular vision, Kinect and force sensors), 
- Hands-on experience with robotics frameworks such as ROS
- Experience with image processing
- Very good command of spoken and written English

Interested candidates should submit the following by email before the end of June 2012 in a single PDF file to andrea.cherubini at lirmm.fr
1. Curriculum vitae with a list of at least 3 references (recommendation letters are also welcome)
2. One-page summary of research background and interests
3. At least three papers (either published, accepted for publication, or in-preparation) demonstrating expertise in one or more of the areas mentioned above
4. Doctoral dissertation abstract and the expected date of graduation (for those who are currently pursuing a Ph.D)

Andrea Cherubini
Associate Professor
161 rue Ada
34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 – France

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