[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position, CMRE and University of Girona (ROBOCADEMY project)

Gabriele Ferri ferri at cmre.nato.int
Tue Jul 15 07:28:49 PDT 2014

The Centre for Maritime Reasearch and Experimentation is searching for an outstanding PhD candidate to join a large European Marie-Curie Initial Training Network, in the framework of the ROBOCADEMY EU project, that gives him/her opportunities to access experimental facilities, knowledge and networks of outstanding European research groups and innovative companies.

The PhD candidate will be hosted at CMRE during a 3-year period and will be granted of his/her PhD degree by 
the University of Girona, Spain.
The research activity will be focused on developing reliable and efficient algorithms to combine optical (mono and/or stereo) and acoustic data. Some specific tasks will be taken into consideration and the algorithms will be tailored to them. 
For instance, autonomous inspection and classification of underwater objects in the presence of low visibility.

The successful candidate must hold a Masters degree in Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related fields.
We are searching for a talented and highly motivated candidate. He/she should have an independent and well-structured working style,
but has to be able to work in team as well.
Problem solving skills are highly required for the sought candidate. He/she has to be able to manage problems commonly occurring
during sea trials.


A highly competitive monthly allowance will be paid to the successful candidate, including salary, 
contribution to pension scheme, group insurance scheme, personal household, relocation and travel expenses.
The monthly allowance is tax free.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please check details at:
http://www.cmre.nato.int/employment/current-vacancies and/or

For any questions,
feel free to contact me,
yours sincerely,

Gabriele Ferri
Research Scientist
Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
Viale San Bartolomeo 400
19126 La Spezia, Italy
+39 0187 527 259 

The STO-CMRE (Science and Technology Organization – Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation), previously known as NURC, is located in the gulf of La Spezia, Italy.  The Centre focuses on maritime scientific research and technological innovation with specialties in autonomous vehicles, machine intelligence, data mining and fusion and environmental sensing.  The Centre employs both research scientists and engineers, with a substantial and proven Ocean Engineering capability, enabling the rapid development and exploitation of concepts to demonstrator prototypes.
The CMRE operates two research vessels, the NATO Research Vessel Alliance (a 93m long, 3,180-ton open-ocean and ice-strengthened research vessel) and the Coastal Research 
Vessel Leonardo, each fitted with a wide range of advanced sensing and equipment handling systems and capable of precise maneuvering and positioning for scientific research tasks.  In addition to its laboratories, the Centre is also equipped with a fleet of autonomous underwater and surface vehicles of various types and a world-class inventory of seagoing sensors.
The Centre has extensive experience in applying its skills and resources to develop innovative solutions as a partner in more than 10 successful EC projects and within many other collaborative partnerships in the areas of: 
- Maritime security, including the protection against terrorism and piracy
- Secure networks and underwater communication
- Data mining and fusion, leading to an improved common environmental picture
- Distributed autonomous and adaptive sensing networks to characterise the ocean
- Autonomous underwater search and object recognition
- Non-lethal protection for high-value assets, ports and harbours
- Modelling and simulation
- Marine mammal risk mitigation and Passive Acoustic Monitoring

The ROBOCADEMY is a European training and research network to develop key skills and enabling technologies in underwater robotics for the scientific and economic exploration of the oceans (e.g. offshore oilfield of the future). Through the close collaboration of leading research institutes, academia, industry, and SMEs in robotics, marine technology, marine science, and offshore industry, ROBOCADEMY will provide first-class training and research opportunities for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). In well-defined and well-tutored PhD research projects, the ROBOCADEMY fellows will push the state-of-the-art in the area of robust, reliable and autonomous underwater robots.
Specialized scientific training modules will enable the fellows to obtain both a sound basis in robotics and an introduction to topics that are specific to their research areas. This will be complemented by a high quality soft-skills training programme and the opportunity to gain extensive on-site hands-on experience through secondments to maritime industry and oceanographic research institutes. Thus ROBOCADEMY will foster the formation of young professionals that are able to meet the urgent demand for highly qualified researchers and engineers in the growing field of underwater systems and robotics.
For the European industry and scientific community, such specialists are crucial gain ground against competitors from North America and Asia. For the ESRs, the ROBOCADEMY training will open up excellent career opportunities in both academia and industry.
More information at http://www.robocademy.eu

About ESRs:
Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) must, at the time of recruitment, be in the first of four years (of full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The post of Early-Stage Researcher is for 36 months, and may be done in conjunction with a doctoral degree.
For all available positions, at the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host institution (defined as the research institution or company cited in the job posting) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The applicant must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment at the host organization.

Gabriele Ferri, PhD in Robotics

Research Scientist, Research Department 
NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Viale S. Bartolomeo 400
19126 La Spezia, Italy

ferri at cmre.nato.int

(+39) 0187 527 259 (CMRE office)
(+39) 0187 527 331 (CMRE fax)

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