[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD positions at Aldebaran AI Lab (Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher positions in the H2020 APRIL ITN)

Nikolas HEMION nhemion at aldebaran.com
Mon Nov 16 05:38:24 PST 2015

Aldebaran AI-Lab

Ph.D. Student Opportunities

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher

(Cognitive and Developmental Robotics – APRIL ITN)

The H2020 APRIL project aims at the establishment of the first European
Industrial Doctorate in “Applications of Personal Robotics for Interaction
and Learning” (APRIL) to train the next generation of researchers and
engineers for the emerging field of personal robotics. APRIL is the result
of the internationally leading, strategic synergies of Plymouth
University’s Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) and AI-Lab of
Aldebaran Robotics.

Established in 2005, Aldebaran is a SoftBank Group company. Aldebaran has
450 employees and is headquartered in France with offices in China, Japan
and the United States. For almost 10 years, Aldebaran has been driving
technology into a new world by designing humanoid robots and has become the
worldwide leader in humanoid robotics.

Our robots (NAO, Pepper, Romeo) are used in more than 70 countries in
various fields, such as research, education, retail, care, tourism or

For the future, Aldebaran has embraced the ambitious goal of developing
humanoid robots for everyone. Aldebaran believes that in coming years
robots will positively impact our lives to the same extent as PCs and
mobile devices did during the past 3 decades. Robots will change the way we
learn, work and communicate.

The Artificial Intelligence group (AI Lab) is the fundamental research unit
of Aldebaran and focuses on developmental robotics. Our goal is to make
progress in the understanding and modeling of the mechanisms of development
and learning in robots.

Five ESR students will be employed in APRIL, two at Aldebaran Paris and
three at Plymouth University, UK. The balanced experience of each ESR
student in terms of both the academic and the industrial experience (18
months stay at Aldebaran Paris + 18 months at Plymouth University) and
additional short secondments and specialised complementary training in six
associate partners sites, will entrench their entrepreneurship ethos for
cross-sectorial careers as future robotics research and engineering leaders
in academia and industry.

All ESR students will enrol in the Plymouth University Graduate School PhD

Aldebaran will hire 2 ESRs for the following projects:


   ESR1 PhD Project: Schema Development for Sensorimotor Control

   ESR2 PhD Project: Deep learning of hierarchical and abstract concepts

Applicants for the post should have a very good first degree in a computer
science, or robotics, or cognitive science discipline. Applicants with a
relevant Masters degree would be particularly welcome. A strong background
in machine learning and good programming skills are a plus.

The positions are fixed term for a duration of 3 years, with salary and
benefits defined in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules for
Early Stage Researchers.

Three additional ESR positions will be advertised by Plymouth University.

The following conditions apply:

Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by Aldebaran, the candidate must
not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.)
in France 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.

Cross-sectorial appointment: The ESR will be hired by Aldebaran for 36
months.  The first 18 months will be spent at the Aldebaran AI-Lab (in
Paris, France), whilst the second 18 months will be spent at Plymouth
University (in Plymouth, UK). Short placements to associate partners will
also be required.

Applications should be sent via email to applyAPRIL at aldebaran.com, along
with a CV, and should provide two referees.

This is a full-time position on a fixed-term basis for 36 months starting 1
April 2016.

The closing date for applications is 13 December 2015.


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