[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc position in manipulation/grasp planning at University of Leeds

Mehmet Dogar m.r.dogar at leeds.ac.uk
Tue Mar 7 08:17:55 PST 2017

We have a postdoctoral opening at the Robotics Lab, School of Computing,
University of Leeds, UK.

Research area: Robotic manipulation/motion/grasp planning
Start date: Flexible. Any date between April-September 2017 is possible,
while the earlier the better.
Duration: 12 months (which may be extended if further funding becomes
Supervisor: Dr. Mehmet Dogar
Salary: Between £32004-£33943
Inquiries: Please e-mail me a CV and examples of publications.
Applications: Use the "Application link" at the bottom of this e-mail.
Application deadline: 28th March 2017


At Leeds, we are working on the autonomous planning of robotic manipulation
operations for manufacturing tasks: Given a sequence of actions to cut,
drill, and assemble parts to build a product, our goal is to develop
algorithms that generate the motion and grasps for a robot team, or a
human-robot team, to perform these actions. This project builds on my
previous work carried out at MIT, focusing on intelligent robotic assembly.
You can see a list of related publications and videos at the end of this

You will be working in a lab equipped with new, state-of-the-art, robotic
equipment (including a UR-5 arm on a Ridgeback omni-directional base, a
bimanual Baxter robot, multiple Robotiq robot hands with force/torque
sensing, and OptiTrack motion tracking). The University of Leeds recently
made a £6M investment in robotics research and in a Robotics Centre which
our lab is affiliated with.

Your main duties will include:
* Developing planning algorithms for multi-robot or human-robot
collaboration for object manipulation;
* Implementing these algorithms on real and simulated robot systems;
* Publishing and presenting these research results at leading conferences
and journals;
* Generating and pursuing independent and original research ideas,
including preparing proposals for funding in collaboration with colleagues;
* Acting as a mentor to less experienced colleagues as appropriate.

To be considered for this role, you must have:
* A first degree and PhD (or close to completion) in Robotics, Computer
Science, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a closely allied
* A strong background in Robotic Manipulation/Motion Planning/Grasping or
Human-Robot Collaboration;
* A proven track record of peer-reviewed publications in leading
conferences and/or journals;
* Experience with real robotic manipulators for motion, manipulation, and
grasp planning;
* Excellent programming skills in Python and C++;
* Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS);
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills including presentation

For inquiries, please e-mail a CV and examples of publications to
m.r.dogar at leeds.ac.uk

Application link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__jobs.leeds.ac.uk_Vacancy.aspx-3Fref-3DENGCP1042&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=L0GxJ8dUq1DR9OpEPecHzrvTZPDFSoTGx-vhQKSoFqo&s=76BSVaSIMQ7Bqpz7oO3jsJj6mY_THx_wQNp4u6RmBM4&e= 

Publications and videos related to the project:
* https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ieeexplore.ieee.org_abstract_document_7138999_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=L0GxJ8dUq1DR9OpEPecHzrvTZPDFSoTGx-vhQKSoFqo&s=4XOhSQMNwvv12-Sh6P99--XV4XZC61eNO0AXHqwnr2k&e= 
* https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ijr.sagepub.com_content_34_13_1645-3Fetoc&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=L0GxJ8dUq1DR9OpEPecHzrvTZPDFSoTGx-vhQKSoFqo&s=-6CPhBXjfEZszK_mElHBmg7V9cQu1UT5ANYBlot94Sk&e= 
* https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_vBymMF6mrhI&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=L0GxJ8dUq1DR9OpEPecHzrvTZPDFSoTGx-vhQKSoFqo&s=4Qxc-a3Ip9zcgqrBld5mZaTg8wpW9o7iAxdNq_ZlONA&e= 
* https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_3Y2BJKGMnpY&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=L0GxJ8dUq1DR9OpEPecHzrvTZPDFSoTGx-vhQKSoFqo&s=Mrz1647tfNzwPcEtNsjl6MUCCDnt3CnoVBqiTeKqaQQ&e= 

Best wishes,
Mehmet Dogar

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