[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Two open PhD/postdoc positions in bilateral teleoperation and programming by demonstration at Tampere University of Technology
jouni.mattila at tut.fi
Thu Sep 22 22:58:32 PDT 2016
Two positions are available as part of the research team for a two-year
project at the department of Intelligent Hydraulics and Automation (IHA) at
Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Tampere, Finland.
The research project objective is developing robust and autonomous grasping
capabilities for heavy-duty hydraulic manipulators. Programming by
demonstration and machine learning techniques will be used to teach robots
various grasping tasks and ensure grasp stability. A force-reflected
bilateral human-machine interface will also be developed for use in task
demonstrations and centralized control and supervision of multi-site working
machines. Research findings will be experimentally validated using physical
test setups. Intersectional cooperation is scheduled with the project
partner Ponsse Ltd. and, in addition, international mobility to partner
institutes is foreseen. The position may entail some teaching
We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers (or doctoral students), one in
each of the following areas:
1- Force-reflecting bilateral teleoperation with hydraulic manipulators
using non-linear control for both master and slave
2- Programming by demonstration and machine learning for the purpose of
The two successful candidates are expected to work closely together to
achieve the project objectives
IHA has a strong tradition of excellence in energy efficient actuators and
hydraulic heavy-duty robotics. IHA’s state-of-the-art heavy-duty robotics
research team with more than ten members is available to support the
project. If you are up to the challenge, apply now and join the team.
- The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree (or M.Sc Degree),
with a strong publication track record.
- Competency in one or more of the following areas is strongly preferred:
teleoperation, machine learning and programming by demonstration, grasping
and manipulation, Non-linear control of robot manipulators (Backstepping,
Virtual Decomposition Control),Force-reflected bilateral teleoperation with
non-linear control of master and slave.
- Proven Programming skills in C++, MATLAB
- Experience working with ROS.
- Work experience in multi-disciplinary teams.
Staff benefits in TUT are comprehensive and include, among others:
- occupational healthcare services
- campus restaurants and cafés with staff discounts
- excellent sports facilities on campus
- flexible working hours.
The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal
performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to
the criteria applied to teaching and research staff the position of a
Doctoral Student is placed on the job demands levels 1-4 or post doc on
levels 5-6. In addition, employees receive performance based salary.
The positions are fixed-term until December 31, 2018 and may be filled from
January 1, 2017 or as mutually agreed. A trial period of four (4) months
For more information, please go to
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