[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoc in Advanced autonomy in aerial robotics at Aarhus University, Denmark

Erdal Kayacan erdal.kayacan at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 06:51:04 PDT 2018

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a
1-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join
a new research project on advanced autonomy in aerial robotics.

We are looking for enthusiast a post doctoral researcher who wishes to
investigate embedded guidance, control and navigation problem of unmanned
aerial systems using artificial intelligence/machine learning methods with
emphasis on reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, learning controls
for robotics. Our aim is to leverage the current state-of-the-art autonomy
level towards more smarter robots which will learn and interact with their
environment, collaborate with people and other robots, plan their future
actions and execute the given task accurately.

The position is available from September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible

*Job description*
You are expected to contribute to [the aerial robotics laboratory
activities, e.g.:

   - Manage laboratory facilities and support research projects
   - Ensure processes and procedures are executed in compliance to the
   University’s policy framework.
   - Code and develop novel UAV controllers, necessary interfaces for the
   communication of the on-board computer with the ground stations.
   - Support to develop journal and conference articles.

*Your profile*
Applicants should hold a PhD in automatic control engineering, mechatronics
engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer
science or other related disciplines from reputable universities. The PhD
should have been completed within the last 5 years at most. Candidates, who
will complete and defend their PhD thesis by Summer 2018, are welcome.

The candidate should have:

   - Excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good
   communication skills,
   - Demonstrated ability to translate theory into practice,
   - A solid publication track record in peer-reviewed journals and
   - Concrete knowledge in C/C++,
   - Experience in aerial robotics,
   - A background in robotics, control theory and machine/deep learning
   would be a distinct advantage,
   - Hands on experience in UAVs is a plus,
   - Experience of Robot Operating System (ROS) is a plus,
   - Demonstrated experience in team coordination and fund-raising is a

*About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section*
Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering
disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for
intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and
component levels as well as many different types of software for
controlling electronic devices and networks.

The research areas within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section
at Department of Engineering support the development within this area. The
outcome greatly influences our daily lives as advanced technologies are
incorporated into an increasing number of products, for example in
industrial processes, at hospitals and in information infrastructures.

*Place of Work and area of Employment*
The place of work is Aabogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N., Denmark, and the area of
employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

*Contact information*
Further information about the position may be obtained from Associate
Professor Erdal Kayacan,

erdal {at} eng.au.dk

*Application procedure*
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications
and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the
appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the
candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not
their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for
evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition
of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on
the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment
process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected
applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the
selection process.

*Formalities and salary range*
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment
of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of
Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree
certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future
research plans and information about research activities, teaching
portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if
any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement
between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations. Further information on qualification
requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job
Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
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seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the
Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their
personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to
actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of
leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these
periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of
scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers.
You can read more about it here. <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ias.au.dk_au-2Drelocation-2Dservice_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=u10K3NQ9YsLDQTn-G0LqWGRF-bsJxd18CnKRyL7z80U&s=M5K7T52IqO1b2CLVqC8rLupt9BAYqM1pXZGwkMNwLRU&e=>

*Deadline: *31.05.2018

All applications must be made online and received by:


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