[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Engineer position available at ISR - University of Coimbra, Portugal on Active and Healthy Ageing and AAL in general

Rui Rocha rprocha at isr.uc.pt
Fri Oct 20 03:58:55 PDT 2017

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Research Engineer position at ISR - University of Coimbra, Portugal 

Topics: active and healthy ageing, ambient assistive living, social robots, smart homes, human activity recognition, human-robot interaction. 

Application deadline: November 3, 2017 (hard deadline) 


One Research Engineer position is available at Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ap.isr.uc.pt_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=nd-g_OnB-CKdBPPk15u-LV9V1il7jP7vTew0lfK7oLk&s=A6tyn4CICSOqcHLBsFEKT3_jiljpeXVbFFYqP8HvnTI&e=), Portugal, starting in December 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Rui P. Rocha, in the scope of the project “EuroAGE - Innovative Initiatives for the Promotion of Active Aging in the EuroACE Region”, with the ref. POCTEP-0043_EUROAGE_4_E, funded by the Interreg V A Spain - Portugal program (POCTEP 2014-2020). 

The EuroAGE project aims at fostering autonomous healthy life, mainly in elderly people but also in people with some degree of dependency, through the promotion of innovative initiatives based on information and communication technologies provided by the patterns participating in the project. The project involves Portugal-Spain cross-border cooperation of partners from EuroACE region, a region that covers Centro and Alentejo regions in Portugal, and Extremadura region in Spain, which is a territory in Iberian Peninsula heavily affected by the aging of the population. The research team from ISR - University of Coimbra that participates in the EuroAGE project will demonstrate and validate with elderly people the use of social robots and smart homes as key technologies to promote active and healthy ageing, through cognitive, socio-emotional stimulation and physical activity promotion, thus contributing to quality of life enhancement and increased healthy life expectancy, mainly in the elderly population. 

The candidates must hold a M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or in Computer Science Engineering, and must have high oral and written proficiency in English if her/his mother tongue is not the Portuguese. The ideal candidate would have excellent software development skills in C++ and Linux OS, solid experience in software development for robots using ROS (Robot Operating System), experience in using computer vision libraries, including OpenCV, PCL (Point Cloud Library) and OpenPR, excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, and be eager to get involved in the EuroAGE project. 


Applicants must send by email the following mandatory documents: 

    1. i) Digital copy of the M.Sc. academic degree certificate and certificates of other academic degrees held by the candidate (e.g. B.Sc.); 
    2. ii) Curriculum Vitae (CV), including GPA for academic degrees, curricula of the B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses, and title of the M.Sc. dissertation; 

iii) Motivation Letter – the candidate must demonstrate her/his total availability to start working in ISR - University of Coimbra on the 4th December 2017. 

The following optional documents can be sent together with the aforementioned documents: 

- Certificates of the participation in face-to-face courses, workshops, and summer schools related with ROS, mobile robotics, computer vision, and pattern recognition; 

- Reference letters and contact information of current or previous supervisors for candidates having past experience in R&D projects; 

- Other relevant documentation, e.g. a digital copy of the M.Sc. dissertation. 

Applicants must include in the Motivation Letter a research statement and state their availability to start working at ISR - University of Coimbra on the 4th December 2017. 

Since the two applicants having the best curriculum will be interviewed in early Nov. 2017 before the winning candidate is selected, every applicant should provide the skype nickname in the contact information included in the CV. 

The application must be sent in PDF format to rprocha[at]isr.uc.pt, with the subject “Research engineer position in EuroAGE project”, *no later than November 3, 2017*. 


Rui P. Rocha, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor 

Institute of Systems and Robotics 

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

University of Coimbra 

Universidade de Coimbra - Pólo II 

3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal 

E-mail: rprocha[at]isr.uc.pt / rprocha[at]deec.uc.pt / rui.rocha[at]uc.pt 

Tel.: +351 239 796 256 

Skype: rprocha 

Web: home.deec.uc.pt/~rprocha 


Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra (UC) is the oldest Portuguese university and one of the oldest in the world. UC is nowadays a vibrant academy and an indisputable reference in higher education and research in Portugal and in Europe, due to the quality of the courses taught at its eight Faculties and to its excellence in the promotion of science and technology advances in 46 research units integrated in the University. With more than 1,500 researchers and professors, UC has extensive experience in research programs with competitive research funding, particularly in European Commission (EC) framework programs for research, in several areas including sciences, engineering, health, justice and home affairs, international cooperation, and mobility. In FP7, UC participated in 59 projects and was the coordinator in 10 of them. Since the beginning of H2020, UC has participated in 20 project applications that were approved for funding, being the coordinator in 5 of them. 

The Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) is a research unit integrated in UC whose overall goal is to develop excellent research in various areas of science and technology, with emphasis on intelligent systems and robotics. The ISR-UC has participated in over a dozen European projects funded by EC. The Artificial Perception for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (AP4ISR) team of ISR-UC has participated in several EC-funded projects, both in FP6 (projects BACS and IRPS), FP7 (projects Prometheus, HANDLE, and Social Robot), and H2020 (project GrowMeUp) framework programmes. The AP4ISR team has been doing research in collaboration with important European players in excellence research from Universities, research institutions, and companies ( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ap.isr.uc.pt_-3Fw-3Dpartners&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=nd-g_OnB-CKdBPPk15u-LV9V1il7jP7vTew0lfK7oLk&s=2t2GmYBLvDfPZWf7QAjpAq3R8nvm4VIjvg9QSXJaSMQ&e= ), mostly from Europe. 

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