[robotics-worldwide] Fwd: [jobs] Position as research assistant (PhD student or Post-Doc) in Biorobotics at Bielefeld University, Germany

Axel Schneider axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de
Tue Mar 4 04:17:58 PST 2014

*The Biomechatronics Group & CITEC at Bielefeld University, Germany**
*Position as research assistant (PhD student or Post-Doc) in Biorobotics
Availability: a.s.a.p.

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For the new large scale project EICCI (Embodied Interaction as a Core of 
Cognitive Interaction) the Biomechatronics Group and the Center of 
Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC) of Bielefeld 
University (Germany)
invites applications for a position as research assistant (PhD student 
or Post-Doc) for the duration of up to three years

*EICCI-Project background and task overview:*
The project is devoted to investigate the foundation of intelligent, 
embodied interaction of a walking agent as a basis for autonomous 
behaviour. It is pursuing a bottom-up approach, equipping a dexterous, 
six-legged robot with smart body mechanics, sensory modalities of 
different spatial ranges (from proprioception to vision), and 
de-centralised control structures. Emphasis will be given to the 
integration of multimodal sensorisation and mechanical compliance. The 
common demonstrator platform of the project is the hexapod robot HECTOR, 
a unique Bielefeld-designed and --built platform. This platform is 
copied in a virtual dynamics simulation environment (based on the Open 
Dynamics Engine) which uses the same communication framework as the real 
robot. A parallel development of physical and virtual agent allows to 
tackle a broad variety of research questions.

The successful candidate will be member of CITEC (and CITEC graduate 
school, if applicable) and integrated into the Biomechatronics group. He 
or she will be introduced to the robot hardware as well as the 
simulation environment of the hexapod robot. The main field of work will 
focus on the further development and operation of the physical robot 
platform HECTOR and the integration of new aspects into the dynamics 
simulation. Research questions contain topics like the control of 
compliant interactions, situation-dependent controller adaptation for 
walking (posture and gait adaptation) and sensor integration. The tasks 
will be conducted in tight cooperation with the project partners.

*What do we offer?*
We offer a position to do research in a stimulating environment with 
excellent facilities for soft- and hardware engineering in robotics as 
well as in embedded systems (e.g. different software development 
environments, CAD development tools for PCB-design and the design of 
mechanical parts, complete tool chain from CAD/CAM to production, access 
to an excellent mechanical workshop, and the biomimetic robot platform 
HECTOR). The Biomechatronics group is cooperating with other CITEC 
groups in Bielefeld. You will be a member of the CITEC graduate school 
and have the opportunity to interact there with researchers from a wide 
range of disciplines comprising computer science, engineering, biology, 
psychology, and robotics.

*How to apply?*
Information about the lab in general can be obtained from 
For further inquiries about the project, please contact:
Dr. Axel Schneider (axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de), Jan Paskarbeit 
(jan.paskarbeit at uni-bielefeld.de).

Your application should comprise a letter outlining your academic 
education and past research, your motivation for this position and your 
specific experience (max. 2 pages), CV and transcripts as well as 
contact details of 2-3 referees. Please submit your application in a 
single pdf file via e-mail to Dr. Axel Schneider (see above). 
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely 
handicapped persons are expressly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its 
achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been 
recognised as a family friendly university. The University welcomes 
applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to 
academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information 
Technology and trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to 
the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.

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