[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in Underwater Robotics and Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Maarja Kruusmaa Maarja.Kruusmaa at ttu.ee
Fri Jun 20 05:55:34 PDT 2014

Ph.D. studentship in Experimental Fluid Dynamics and Marine Robotics
Dear Ph.D. student candidate,

Centre for Biorobotics is a team of 15 young, skilled and well-motivated researchers and engineers in Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. We seek and like novel, unusual and risky ideas and new applications for underwater technology. Our ideas are often inspired by Nature or we use technology to better understand how Nature works. For example, we have developed a robot that uses flow sensing, inspired by fish lateral line sensing, we have designed a sea turtle-inspired robot that will help underwater archaeologists to explore shipwrecks and we use a fish robot to understand how fish choose their migration routes upriver.
You can find more information about us at  http://www.biorobotics.ttu.ee<http://www.biorobotics.ttu.ee/>
We are looking for a new team member who is equally fascinated in using physics and engineering to solve practical real-world problems. The aim of your work is to give a new sense to underwater robots – flow sensing. The objective is to develop a method for sensing and analyzing flow so that the underwater robot understands the surrounding hydrodynamic environment and can react to the changes.
You are a suitable candidate if you have master degree in Physics, Math, Robotics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and related fields. If you are good in one of those areas, we can back you up with the complementary expertise in our lab. But you have to be good at something. If you have knowledge in fluid dynamics (experimental, analytical or computational) it makes your life a lot easier.
We are looking for someone who has an internal motivation to do good research. While good team-working skills are essential, it is also important that you are able to define your own goals while taking responsibility for achieving them, work independently for some periods, be persistent if things do not work out immediately and dare to ask for help if you are stuck.
You would be part of a large European ROBOCADEMY Marie-Curie Initial Training Network that gives you opportunities to access experimental facilities, knowledge and networks of outstanding European research groups and innovative companies.
If you are interested in the opportunity please see below how to apply.
Yours sincerely,

Maarja Kruusmaa
Prof. Biorobotics
Tallinn University of Technology
Center for Biorobotics
skype: nasuke
phone: (+372)51 83074

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<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 maybe 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.
How to apply:
Please send your CV and a motivation letter to biorobotics at ttu.ee<mailto:biorobotics at ttu.ee>. The CV and motivation letter should show what are your qualifications, why do you want to apply to this job and what do you expect from us if you will get it. Also, we would ask you to send two recommendation letters along with them. For more information please contact Maarja.kruusmaa at ttu.ee<mailto:Maarja.kruusmaa at ttu.ee>

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