[robotics-worldwide] PostDoc Position - Whole body impedance control for legged mobile manipulation - ETH Zurich

Jonas Buchli buchlij at ethz.ch
Mon May 6 07:25:10 PDT 2013

[!MEETING OPPORTUNITY at ICRA 13!] I am in Karlsruhe, get in touch with 
me by email if you are attending and are interested in this position.

Post-Doc position at the Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich
Whole body impedance control for legged mobile manipulation


The goal of this research is to derive principled and robust approaches 
to the control of walking, and manipulating robots in unstructured 
environments. The possible research topics for this position are 
relatively broad but will in general focus on the application of whole 
body control and impedance control to combined manipulation and 
locomotion problems.


The successful candidate will work in the frame of the NCCR Robotics: 

At the ADR lab we seek to understand the control of dynamic motions of
robots, humans and animals in unstructured environments. This
understanding will let us provide the ‘intelligence’ for versatile,
agile and dexterous service robots.

Topics include:

- Control of legged locomotion and manipulation
- Whole body control
- Active impedance control
- Multi-contact control
- Full body force and impedance control
- Torque control with non-ideal actuators
- Applied machine learning and optimization to robotics


- Starting Date: On negotiation. The position is open for immediate filling.
- Evaluation of candidates starts on receipt of applications but will
continue until position is filled (see http://www.adrl.ethz.ch for updates).


- PhD in Robotics or closely related field
- Excellent academic track record in topics related to the project
- Very good English skills, written and spoken
- Above average Team & Communication skills
- Excellent programming skills
- Excellent analytical skills & Critical thinking
- Persistence!

Experience with:
- Compliance, Stiffness, Impedance control
- Torque controlled robots
- Rigid body dynamics
- Signals and Systems knowledge
- Control engineering background
- Experience with physics simulators
- Machine learning background
- Unix/Linux knowledge

Post-Docs are expected, in addition to their research, to participate
in teaching, supervision of bachelor's and master's projects,
supervision of PhD students, grant preparation and the general
activities of the Lab.


Please send your CV, a letter of motivation (incl. statement of research
interests/letter of motivation), 3 reference letters to Prof. Dr. Jonas
Buchli <buchlij (at) ethz (dot) ch> quoting [PostDoc Application S_13_2]
in the subject. Please send all documents in PDF or plain text format only.

Include a link to your PhD thesis and 3 of your most relevant papers.

For questions please contact Jonas Buchli  <buchlij (at) ethz (dot) ch>.


We offer a contract of 1 year with possible extension in an exciting
research opportunity at the forefront of one of the most dynamic
engineering fields.

A post-doc position at ETH is a regular job with social benefits, an
attractive salary and access to excellent facilities in one of the
world's leading technical universities. Zurich is regularly voted among
the top cities in the world for quality of life.


- Information about the Agile and Dexterous Robotics lab can be found at

- ADRL is located at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems:
http://www.iris.ethz.ch/ and the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering:

- Information about ETH can be found at http://www.ethz.ch/

Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli
Head Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
ETH Zürich

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