[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Position in Biologically-Inspired Modular Robotics and Distributed Intelligence

Möckel Rico (DKE) rico.mockel at maastrichtuniversity.nl
Mon Jun 16 08:13:49 PDT 2014


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PhD Position in Biologically-Inspired Modular Robotics and Distributed Intelligence

The Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, invites applications for a full-time PhD position in the area of Biologically-Inspired Modular Robotics and Distributed Intelligence. The position is part of the Swarmlab robotics laboratory of DKE (http://swarmlab.unimaas.nl/).

----------  Requirements

An excellent master degree (already completed or shortly before completion) in robotics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer science, or a closely related field. Pre-knowledge (e.g. acquired during study) in the design and control of autonomous robots and good programming skills is a must. Pre-knowledge in cognitive robotics, real-time control, bio-inspired, modular and swarm robotics, machine learning, locomotion control, multiagent systems or smart devices is considered a plus. Fluent English language skills. Research skills. Enthusiasm, team spirit, and ambition.

----------  Conditions of Employment

The full-time position is offered for first one and upon good performance another 3 years (with yearly evaluations).  The salary will be set in PHD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities Universities (EUR2083,- gross per month in first year to EUR2664,- last year). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/, A-Z Terms of Employment.

----------  Institutional Context - Maastricht University (UM) and  Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE)

UM (www.maastrichtuniversity.nl) is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. UM recently entered the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings (2013/14). Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 14,000 students and 3,500 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad.

Founded in 1992 as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, today DKE (www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Schools/DKE.htm) broadly covers Knowledge Engineering in research and teaching. DKE comprises three internationally respected research groups, having their foci on “Robotics, Agents and Interaction”, “Networks and Strategic Optimization”, and “Biomathematics and Bioinformatics”. Education programs currently offered by DKE are Knowledge Engineering (Bachelor), Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research (both Master). DKE has been top-ranked in Keuzegids over the previous years. With respect to both research and teaching DKE is engaged in various national and international collaborations.

----------  How to Apply

Applicants are asked to send their application - curriculum vitae, electronic copy of master thesis (if already completed), list of taken courses (including short descriptions), list of publications (if available), and the name of a scientist who can provide references - to Recruitmentfhs at maastrichtuniversity.nl (preferably in a single PDF document). In your CV please indicate clearly which programing languages and CAD software you are familiar with. Clearly state which robots you have been building so far. Ideally provide links to your previous student projects. Please mention “application – PhD, modular robotics, distributed intelligence” in the subject line of the application mail.

Applications received by August 31th, 2014 will receive full consideration. Screening of applications will begin afterwards. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants may be called in for an interview. It is intended to fill this position as soon as possible during autumn 2014.

Informal inquiries concerning this position can be directed to
Rico Möckel: rico.mockel at maastrichtuniversity.nl and
prof. dr. Gerhard Weiss: gerhard.weiss at maastrichtuniversity.nl

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