[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Robotics & Machine Learning PhD Student Position @ TU Darmstadt

Joni Pajarinen pajarinen at ias.tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Feb 4 10:16:08 PST 2019

Robotics & Machine Learning PhD Student Position

The Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab (IAS) at the Technical University of
Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) is seeking for an

*exceptionally talented PhD student*

with strong interest in one or more of the following research topics:

* Robot Learning (especially Robot Reinforcement Learning)
* Robot Grasping and Manipulation
* Robot Control, Learning for Control

The PhD student will work in the ROBOLEAP project. The goal of the ROBOLEAP
(Robot learning to perceive, plan, and act under uncertainty) project is to
develop reinforcement learning methods that allow robots to operate in
unstructured partially observable real world environments found in household
robotics, adaptive manufacturing, elderly care, handling dangerous
materials, or even disaster scenarios such as Fukujima. We will evaluate the
methodological advances by endowing a real robot with the ability to play
Mikado requiring the robot to deal with occlusions and partial information.
For further details, please see

Please relate clearly to the research topics and the project in your
Research Statement. Note that we currently favor heavily PhD students with
real robot experience.

Outstanding students and researchers from the areas of robotics and
robotics-related areas including machine learning, control engineering or
computer vision are welcome to apply. The candidates are expected to conduct
independent research and at the same time contribute to the topics listed
above. Successful candidates can furthermore be given the opportunity to
work with undergraduate, M.Sc. and PhD students.

Due to our strong ties to the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems,
many companies (ABB, Bosch Centre for AI, Honda Research Institute, Intel,
NVIDEA NVAIL, Porsche Motor Sports, VW AI Lab, etc) there will be ample
opportunities of collaboration with these institutes.

PhD position applicants need to have a Master's degree in a relevant field
(e.g., Robotics, Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics & Optimization,
Math and Physics) and have exhibited their ability to perform research in
either robotics or machine learning. Expertise in working with real robot
systems is a big plus.

The positions are for a 36 month contract. Payment will be according to the
German TVL E-13 or E-14 payment scheme, depending on the candidates
experience and qualifications.

All complete applications submitted through our online application system
found at


will be considered. There is no fixed deadline: the position will be filled
as soon as possible. PhD applicants should provide at least a research
statement, a PDF with their CV, degrees, and grade-sheets, and two
references who are willing to write a recommendation letter. Please ensure
to include a link to your research web-site as well as your date of

Please, after submitting the application, send a quick notification with
IAS PhD student applicant <your name>
Dr. Joni Pajarinen (pajarinen at ias.tu-darmstadt.de)
and include your application number in the e-mail.


The Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab (IAS) aims at endowing robots with
the ability to learn new tasks and adapt their behavior to their
environment. To accomplish this goal, IAS focuses on the intersection
between Machine Learning, Robotics and Biomimetic Systems. Resulting
research topics range from algorithm development in machine learning over
robot grasping/manipulation and robot table tennis to biomimetic motor
control/learning and brain-robot interfaces. Members of CLAS and IAS have
been highly successful, as exhibited by recent awards, which
include a Daimler Benz Fellowship, several Best Cognitive Robotics Paper
the Georges Giralt Best 2013 Robotics PhD Thesis Award, an IEEE RAS Early
Career Award, etc. The lab collaborates with numerous universities in
Germany, Europe, the USA and Japan. IAS is partner in several European
projects with many top institutes in ML and Robotics.

Our lab members have been *EXCEPTIONALLY* successful. All our former
postdocs have been offered faculty positions and five of our 14 graduated
PhD students have taken on faculty jobs.

The IAS lab is located in the Robert Piloty Building in the beautiful
Herrngarten park. It is less than fifty meters from a beer garden frequently
used for lab meetings and after successful paper submissions.


TU Darmstadt is one of the top technical universities in Germany, and is
well known for its research and teaching. It was one of the first
universities in the world to introduce programs in electrical engineering.
Our chemical elements were discovered at Darmstadt, most prominently, the
element darmstadtium, and it is Germany's first fully autonomous university.
More information can be
found on:


Darmstadt is well known high-tech center with important activities in space
craft operations (e.g., through the European Space Operations Centre, the
European Organization for Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites),
chemistry, pharmacy, information technology, biotechnology,
telecommunications and mechatronics, and consistently ranked among the top
high-tech regions in Germany. Darmstadt's important centers for arts, music
and theatre allow for versatile cultural activities, while the proximity of
the Odenwald forest and the Rhine valley allows for many outdoor sports.

The 33,547 students of Darmstadt's three universities constitute a major
part of Darmstadt's 140,000 inhabitants. Darmstadt's immigrant population is
among the most diverse in Germany, such that the knowledge of German
language is rarely ever needed (and many IAS members do not speak *any*
German). Darmstadt is located close to the center of Europe. With just 17
Minutes driving distance to the Frankfurt airport (closer than Frankfurt
itself), it is one of best connected cities in Europe. Most major European
cities can be reached within less than 2.5h from Darmstadt. 

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