[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PostDoc - Advanced actuation, sensing and control for In-Situ Digital Fabrication - ETH Zurich

Jonas Buchli buchlij at ethz.ch
Mon Mar 2 01:12:23 PST 2015

Post-Doc position at the Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich
Advanced actuation, sensing and control for In-Situ Digital Fabrication


The successful candidate will take over a leading role in the NCCR 
Digital Fabrication (http://www.dfab.ch/): a large interdisciplinary 
effort to rethink Architecture - from the drawing board to the 
construction site.

At the ADR lab (http://www.adrl.ethz.ch) we work on In-situ Fabrication 
which has the goal to take Robotic Mobile Manipulation to the 
construction site to enable completely novel processes in Architecture.

The successful candidate, in addition to his research work, will 
coordinate the activities in research on In-situ Robotic Fabrication 
within the NCCR Digital Fabrication. Outstanding leadership and 
communication skills are therefore a must.


A first In-situ Fabricator (IF) has been developed using standard 
off-the-shelve technology (http://goo.gl/Ae994b). To develop the next 
generation IF, this project aims at improving the state of the art of 
In-situ Fabricators, by working out a novel sensing, control and 
hardware strategy and implementing it with Industrial Partners, 
Researchers in Robotics, Architecture, Control Theory, and 
Civil/Materials Engineering.


- Starting Date: The position is open for immediate filling.
- 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 Robotics or closely related field
- Aptitude for interdisciplinary work(!)
- Leadership skills
- 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 articulated robots, 
actuation systems, systems design, control aspects and sensing issues, 
kinematics, dynamics, position/torque/force control requirements, choice 
of actuation systems etc.

The following experience is beneficial:
- Compliance, Stiffness, Impedance control
- Torque controlled robots
- Rigid body dynamics
- Motion planning and control
- Programming
- Simulators
- Signals and Systems knowledge
- Control, mechanical and/or systems engineering background
- Unix/Linux knowledge
- Working with real 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_1] 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 3 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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