[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] open PhD and PostDoc positions in tactile- and vision-based robot manipulation
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
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
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
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
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.
Applications are to be submitted in English and must include the following
(no more than two pages for each item 1. - 4.):
A statement describing the applicant’s area(s) of research (topics
A motivation letter
A curriculum vitae
Record of publications, with copies of 3 representative papers (for
References to software projects the candidate developed / contributed to
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.
Dr. Robert Haschke
Faculty of Technology, Neuroinformatics Group, CITEC-3.309
Bielefeld University, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
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