[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Fully funded postdoc position at Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Zurich

Helmut Hauser hhauser at ifi.uzh.ch
Tue Feb 18 06:49:16 PST 2014

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Dear all,

The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich is looking for a postdoc for the Marie-Curie ITN project SMART-E (Grant Nr: 608022).
The post is for one year and starts at April 1, 2014. In exceptional cases the start can be later.

Best regards,

Job title:  	
Fully Funded Experienced Researcher (PostDoc) in Advanced Robotics and Automation
Project title: 	
“Morphological Computation Based Control of Soft Robotic Structures”
Post duration: 
12-month position for experienced researchers (Postdoc) - Start: April 1, 2014

Job description:
·       Development of a novel morphological computation based control approach for soft robotic structures
·       Identification of necessary adaptations and required extensions of the available software (C\C++) and physical simulation
·       Application of the developed framework to a real robotic platform (an octopus-based manipulator built by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in the context of the project)
·       Organization of workshops for the Marie-Curie fellows of the projects SMART-E
·       Management tasks related to project SMART-E
Additional information: You will be expected to undertake international travel with short stays in different partner institutes.
Key eligibility criteria for the post:
To be eligible, the candidate must simultaneously fulfill all the following criteria at the time of recruitment:

[a]   Nationality: The candidate may be of any nationality.
[b]    Mobility: At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project. Compulsory 		national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
[c]   Qualifications and research experience:  At the time of recruitment the candidate must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. In addition, the candidate must have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Desired Profile of the Applicant:
·       Highly motivated and innovative researcher
·       English language proficiency (written and oral)
·       Strong publication record
·       Outstanding organizational skills, team work capability, self motivated
·       Management skills
Desired Background and Knowledge:
·       Experience with physical simulators (e.g. Bullet)
·       Programming skills in C/C++
·       Experience in implementing control approaches on real robotic platforms
·       Robotics, nonlinear dynamical systems, and control theory

Note that prior knowledge in the field of morphological computation is not required.
What we offer:
We offer an exciting research opportunity at the cutting edge of robotics. You will work with top researchers from academia (University of Salford, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italian Institute of Technology, Technical University of Munich) and you have the possibility to work and network with industrial partners like Airbus, Festo, Shadow Robot, and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield.
The postdoc position is fully funded. It is a regular job with social benefits in Switzerland. You will get a very competitive salary  and access to excellent facilities. Zurich is regularly ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life. The project has budget available for traveling. Furthermore, you will be able to participate in SMART-E's internal training, which includes technical workshops, but also complementary courses on management & business, leadership, grant writing, communication, and entrepreneurial skills. 

Please send your application (consisting of your CV, a cover letter, and contact details) to Helmut Hauser  (hhauser at ifi.uzh.ch). Your cover letter should explain your research interests and motivation, and demonstrate your qualification for the post. Please use the subject line “Application: SMART-E”.
More information on the project SMART-E can be found here:

Helmut Hauser, Ph.D.
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Dept. of Informatics, University of Zurich
Andreasstr. 15, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
email: 	hhauser at ifi.uzh.ch
skype:	helmuthauser
tel:		+41 44 635 4310
web:		http://ailab.ifi.uzh.ch/

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