[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-Doc @ TU Delft, Netherlands

Jens Kober - 3ME J.Kober at tudelft.nl
Fri Feb 27 03:19:59 PST 2015

The Delft Center for Systems and Control at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, announces a vacancy for a one year postdoc position:

*Student-Teacher Interaction in Robot Motor Skill Learning*

*Project description*
Currently, there are two main streams of robot learning approaches that have been employed in motor skill learning: imitation learning and reinforcement learning. The two existing approaches for robot learning correspond to familiar human learning strategies. However, the most crucial aspect of human learning, namely the continued student-teacher interaction, has only received very limited attention by existing research.
Alternating phases when the robot practices on its own and when it receives additional human advice offers the potential to drastically reduce both the learning and instruction time as well as to result in more intuitive teaching methods. Potential applications include industrial assembly tasks, handling fresh food products, or household assistance tasks.
The exact research topic can be adapted to the applicants background and interests.

*What do we ask?*
We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in systems and control, robotics, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, or a related subject. The candidate must have strong analytical skills and must be able to work at the intersection of several research domains. Experience with real robot applications is a plus. The applicant should have demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research according to international standards, as demonstrated by publications in international, high-quality journals. A very good command of the English language is required, as well as excellent communication skills.

*What do we offer?*
We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research group. The appointment will be for a period of 1 year. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary (between approx. EUR 3000 and EUR 4000 gross per month based on a full-time appointment and depending on the candidate's qualifications), as well as excellent secondary benefits in accordance with the Collective Agreement (CAO) of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

*How to apply?*
Submit you application to Dr. Jens Kober (email: j.kober at tudelft.nl) before April 30, 2015. Include a cover letter along with a detailed curriculum vitae, a separate motivation letter stating why the proposed research topic interests you, electronic copies of your top three publications, the summary of your PhD thesis, names and addresses of three reference persons, and other information that might be relevant to your application. Dr. Kober can also be contacted for more information about this vacancy.

*About 3mE and DCSC*
The Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Faculty (3mE) trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.
The Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centre's research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, robotics and transportation systems. The group actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).

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