[robotics-worldwide] [euRobotics-dist] [jobs] PostDoc - Robust & Optimal Control for In situ Digital Fabrication - ETH Zurich

Jonas Buchli buchlij at ethz.ch
Sat Dec 5 05:42:08 PST 2015

Post-Doc position at the Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich
Robust & Optimal Control for In situ Digital Fabrication


At the ADRL (http://www.adrl.ethz.ch) we work on realizing the vision of 
In situ Fabrication. Our goal is to take Robotic Mobile Manipulation to 
the construction site to enable completely novel processes in 
Architecture. The work is placed within the NCCR Digital Fabrication 

A first In-situ Fabricator (IF) has been developed using standard 
off-the-shelve technology (http://goo.gl/pcCIGP). To develop the next 
generation IF, we aim at improving the state of the art in sensing, 
control and hardware concepts and implementing these with researchers in 
robotics, architecture, control theory, and civil/materials Engineering 
and industrial partners.


The successful candidate will address the problem of online, optimal and 
robust control for the next generation In situ Fabricator. The next 
generation In situ Fabricator will be a versatile, high performance 
mobile robot built for the requirements for Digital Fabrication in 
Architecture and Construction.

Due to high dimensional dynamics, changing payloads and morphology and a 
high demand in performance, the In situ Fabricator fundamentally changes 
traditional notions and methods of controller design. This project aims 
at working out the fundamental methods to robustly, safely and optimally 
control such machines and testing these methods in 1:1 scale 
applications in Digital Fabrication in Architecture and Construction.


- Starting Date: Ideal start date is February 2016. However, earlier or 
later dates can be negotiated.
- Evaluation of candidates starts on receipt of applications but will
continue until position is filled (see http://www.adrl.ethz.ch for updates).


- PhD in Control Theory or closely related field
- Aptitude for interdisciplinary and experimental work(!)
- Outstanding Team & Communication skills
- Excellent academic track record in topics related to the project
- Very good English skills, written and spoken
- Excellent analytical skills & Critical thinking
- Driven, independent personality
- Persistence!

The position requires a very good understanding of control aspects of 
multi-articulated robots as well as robust and optimal control.

The following experience is beneficial:
- Robotics
- Automatic controller generation
- Code generation
- Rigid body dynamics
- Motion planning and control
- Programming in C++
- Control and/or relevant robotics background
- Unix/Linux knowledge
- Working with real hardware/robots

Post-Docs are expected, in addition to their research, to participate
in teaching, supervision of bachelor's and master's projects,
supervision of PhD students, grant preparation and the general
activities of the Lab.


Please send your CV, a letter of motivation (incl. statement of research
interests) and 3 reference letters to Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli <buchlij
(at) ethz (dot) ch> quoting [PostDoc Application S_15_2] in the subject.
Please send all documents in PDF or plain text format only.

Include a link to your PhD thesis and 3 of your most relevant papers.

For questions please contact Jonas Buchli  <buchlij (at) ethz (dot) ch>.


We offer a contract of 1 year with possible extension up to 2 years in 
an exciting research opportunity at the forefront of one of the most 
dynamic engineering fields.

A post-doc position at ETH is a regular job with social benefits, an
attractive salary and access to excellent facilities in one of the
world's leading technical universities. Zurich is regularly voted among
the top cities in the world for quality of life.


- Information about the Agile and Dexterous Robotics lab can be found at

- ADRL is located at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems:
http://www.iris.ethz.ch/ and the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering:

- Information about ETH can be found at http://www.ethz.ch/

Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli
Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
ETH Zürich
+41 44 633 92 06

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