[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] open PhD and PostDoc positions in tactile- and vision-based robot manipulation

Robert Haschke rhaschke at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Thu Nov 10 02:27:18 PST 2016


The Neuroinformatics Group at the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive 
Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University, Germany 
(www.cit-ec.de), lead by Prof. Ritter, is looking for PhD and 
postdoctoral candidates in the areas of tactile sensor development and 
tactile- and vision-based robot grasping and manipulation.

Positionscan be offered from January 1^st , 2017 with contract durations 
ranging from two to three years. Reduced working hours are possible. The 
positions are meant for scientific qualification. According to the legal 
requirements of the WissZeitVG and the contract on good employment 
practice, individual contract terms might arise.

*Two Postdoc positions in project
"FAMULA**- Deep Familiarization and Learning Grounded in Manual Action 
and Language"*

Within the project FAMULA our bimanual robot should learn (in 
interaction with a human tutor ) to familiarize itself with new objects, 
i.e. to grasp and manipulate them, and to learn about their physical and 
functional properties. The candidates will – in strong cooperation – 
extend the robot control skills to achieve this task, integrating both 
sensor modalities, vision and touch.

We are looking for outstanding applicants with a completed (or largely 
completed) doctoral degree in computer science, with a particular focus 
on sensor-driven robotics. Experience in one or more of the following 
research fields is essential: grasping and manipulation, computer vision 
for manipulation, visual servoing, multi-modal sensor integration, 
multi-modal object recognition / learning. An important focus of all 
positions will be machine learning and candidates should be familiar 
with deep learning or other modern ML methods.

Applicants should have an excellent academic qualification as well as 
practical research experience in his/her field. Experience in 
programming ROS (C++ and/or python) is essential. Research 
accomplishments should be documented by high ranking publications 
(conferences, journals, software). Proficiency in written and spoken 
English is required. Knowledge of German is useful but not required.

*One PhD position in project "TACT-HAND**Improving control of prosthetic 
hands using tactile sensors and realistic machine learning"*

In this cooperation with DLR we aim for an augmentation of a prosthetic 
hand (Touch Bionics) with tactile sensing and appropriate force-based 
control algorithms to facilitate more advanced usage of this 5DoF hand. 
The main task of the candidate will be the realization of control 
algorithms for stable grasping, but also further development of the 
sensor hardware.

We are looking for outstanding applicants with a completed master degree 
in Computer Science, with a particular focus on sensor-driven robotics. 
Candidates with particular experience or strong interest in tactile 
sensor development and/or tactile-based force-control are preferred. An 
important focus will be machine learning and candidates should be 
familiar with or strongly interested in modern ML methods, particularly 
deep learning.

Applicants should have strong interest in tactile-driven manipulation 
and modern machine learning. Experience in programming ROS is 
recommended; proficiency in programming C++ and/or python is essential. 
Programming experience should be documented by references to 
(open-source) software projects the candidate contributed to. 
Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of 
German is useful but not required.

*One PhD position in project "SARAFun - Smart Assembly Robots with 
Advanced Functionalities"*

In this European project our goal is to develop a framework to 
simultaneously plan feasible grasps and optimize the finger shape to 
achieve optimal grasp during industrial bimanual assembly task. The 
candidate will strong cooperate with our project partner ABB.

We are looking for outstanding applicants with a completed master degree 
in Computer Science, with a particular focus on grasp 
planning.Experience in programming ROS is required and knowledge of 
MoveIt, OMPL or similar planning frameworks is recommended; proficiency 
in programming C++ and/or python is essential. Programming experience 
should be documented by references to (open-source) software projects 
the candidate contributed to. Proficiency in written and spoken English 
is required. Knowledge of German is useful but not required.

*About CITEC / Neuroinformatics Group*

Applicants will work in the context of the Neuroinformatics Group at 
CITEC, headed by Prof. Ritter, further developing a bimanual robot setup 
equipped with anthropomorphic, tactile-sensorized Shadow Robot Hands.

Creating the scientific and technology foundations for systems that 
interact with human users seamlessly and at a semantic level is the 
focus of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology 
(CITEC) at Bielefeld University. CITEC's research topics range from 
smart devices, over virtual or augmented reality to sophisticated robots 
with cognitive or even social capabilities.

CITEC was established as part of the German Excellence Initiative in 
2007 and brings together over30 research groups in computer science, 
robotics, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sports science, 
co-located in a dedicated buildingthat offers cutting-edge lab facilities.

The Neuroinformatics Group, headed by Prof. Ritter, is particularly 
focusing on tactile- and vision-based grasping and manipulation in 
unknown environments employing anthropomorphic Shadow Robot Hands. 
Methods include machine learning, particularly deep neural networks, but 
also classical engineering approaches.

*What CITEC Offers You*

We offer a strongly interdisciplinary and stimulating research 
environment with excellent laboratory infrastructure as well as a wide 
network of national and international research partners. The positions 
are remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and are provided with a 
dedicated budget for research costs. We are strongly committed to 
support the career development of our members and can offer facilities 
to reconcile professional demands and family life.

*Application Process*

Applications are to be submitted in English and must include the following
(no more than two pages for each item 1. - 4.):

 1.

    A statement describing the applicant’s area(s) of research (topics
    and methods)

 2.

    A motivation letter

 3.

    A curriculum vitae

 4.

    Record of publications, with copies of 3 representative papers (for
    PostDoc candidates)

 5.

    References to software projects the candidate developed / contributed to

 6.

    Up to two letters of recommendation


Applications should be sent by email to Prof. Helge Ritter 
(sstrunk at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de, rhaschke at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de)  
in one PDF document. Should you have any questions, please also contact 
us at this email address.

Applications from qualified severely handicapped persons and persons who 
are on a par with severely handicapped persons are explicitly welcome.

Bielefeld University is recognized as a family-friendly university. We 
encourage women to apply for jobs; this is particularly true with regard 
to both academic and technical posts as well as positions in information 
technology, trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to the 
provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.

*About Bielefeld *

Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany (with close to 
330.000 inhabitants). Founded in 1214 CE as merchant city, Bielefeld is 
today a dynamic university city with a total of seven universities and 
nearly 35.000 students. It is a lively city with favourable living costs 
with a lot of cultural and entertainment opportunities. Bielefeld is at 
the heart of the East Westphalia-Lippe region, which is home to a number 
of worldwide acting companies, including Miele, Bertelsmann, Dr. Oetker 
and Schüco. Fast ICE trains make Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne reachable 
within two and a half hours. Located in the heart of the Teutoburg 
Forest, the place is one of Germanies greenest cities, offering many 
opportunities for outdoors and leisure activities.


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Dr. Robert Haschke
Faculty of Technology, Neuroinformatics Group, CITEC-3.309
Bielefeld University, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
www.cit-ec.de



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