[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Call for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Robotic manipulation of deformable object

Pablo Gil pablo.gil at ua.es
Mon Nov 12 06:28:47 PST 2018

Dear Colleagues,we are seeking a postdoc to join the AUtomation, RObotics and
Artificial Vision group ( AUROVA <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.aurova.ua.es_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=dv7P4MwDeR4eRxXTRPgQf321eMjgTA5DYBRvlac39Vc&s=POJomCIFJnqHHQRNDji3SvLZGfKMF1qUAAxnMPLFd9c&e=>  ) of the
Computer Science Research Institute (IUII) of the University of Alicante,
Spain. At AUROVA, we work on intelligent robotic systems, focused on
grasping and manipulation, tactile perception, visual recognition and
control for robots in real-world environments.The postdoctoral researcher
will have an active role to carry out research within the European project
named  CoMMandia
(Collaborative Robotic Mobile Manipulation of Deformable Objects in
Industrial Applications) supported by the Interreg Sudoe Programme, which is
financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The postdoctoral
researcher will work in collaboration with other European universities. The
postdoctoral researcher will work developing new techniques of robotic
perception (visual and tactile/force) and applying others from the state of
the art to perform grasping and robotic manipulation of deformable objects.
The goal is to use multi-modal data in order to control robotic manipulation
tasks for dynamically handling deformable objects. The postdoctoral position
is funded by the CoMMandia project and it has a fixed duration of 18 months
(expandable 6 months, up to 24 months). We are looking for a highly
motivated and outstanding candidate with the following
requirements:*Requirements:*- PhD/DPhil (or near completion) in robotics,
computer science, engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence,
control, or closely related field- Excellent academic track record in topics
relevant to computer vision; tactile perception, machine learning,
artificial intelligence and robot control or related areas. - Good
programming skills (preferably experience using C/C++ and Python) - Good
communication skills in English language (Spanish is also valuable but it is
not essential)*Desirable:*-Experience with RGBD cameras working in dynamic
environments (Real Sense, Kinetic, …)-Programming skills on ROS (Robot
Operating System) -Experience with real robots (preferably industrial
manipulators with grippers or multi-fingered hands)-A good understanding of
control aspects and its application in MATLAB-Knowledge of computer vision
and machine learning libraries for programming (OpenCV, PCL, TensorFlow or
others)- Publications record showing evidence of strong expertise in one or
more of the following fields: computer vision, robotic perception, robotic
manipulation and robot control, or relevant industrial experience.*During
the Post-Doc position, the researcher will be mainly involved in:*-Analysing
the behaviour of objects and surfaces and its interaction with gripper and
hand robots to detect and track deformations.- Developing multi-modal
control strategies and algorithms to carry out the robotic manipulation of
deformable objects*Type of contract and salary conditions:*-Start Date and
workplace: The contract is expected to start in March or April 2019. The
activities will be developed at University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain)
and/or other necessary locations to their execution.-The post-doc researcher
position has a duration of 18 months (further extension may be possible up
to 24months).-Monthly remuneration: Gross annual Remuneration is
approximately 28.000€/year, in accordance with the position of Post-doc
researcher, approved by Order CG 29/05/2013. -The contract includes health
care services from Spanish national health service.*Application process:*To
apply, please send your CV, cover letter and at least one reference to
/pablo.gil at ua.es/ and /fernando.torres at ua.es/. It is important to include in
the email:1.	Detailed CV in English or Spanish.2.	PhD Certificate3.	A list
of research publications in journals, conference, chapters, etc.4.	A
motivation letter in English or Spanish. It is recommendable one or two
contact references.Deadline for applications is:  8 January 2019*About
Alicante:*Alicante is located at the southeast coast in Spain. It is famous
for its great weather and beaches on the Mediterranean coast. Alicante is a
touristic city which is well-known for the gastronomy as the famous dish
‘paella’. It has both high-speed train and flights connecting with the three
largest cities in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia). In addition, it
has the fifth-busiest airport in Spain based on number of passengers with
good connections to other European countries. Spain is the country with the
highest life expectancy in the European Union according to a document of
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) in November
2017 and the second in the world. Recently, the English newspaper  The
said that Spain is on course to become home of the world's longest-lived
people, with researchers crediting diet and lifestyle.The life in Alicante
is not expensive. The Spanish average annual salary is 22.793€/year in 2017,
being in the region 20.197€/year. Besides, the Spanish national health
system obtains 92 points of 100 (position 19/195) and it is among the best
systems in the world according to the opinion of  Lancet Journal
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