[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Early Stage Researcher position within EU project Stardust-R at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Bremen, Germany
matias.valdenegro at dfki.de
Thu Feb 7 04:27:34 PST 2019
In the field of innovative software technologies, the German Research Center for Artificial
Intelligence GmbH (DFKI) is the leading research institution in Germany, and in the
international science community the DFKI ranks among the most important “Centers of
Within the “On-Orbit Servicing with Robotic Manipulators” project of the Stardust
Reloaded (Stardust-R) European Training Network (ETN) at DFKI Robotics Innovation
Center in Bremen (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner) there is an open position with a start
date in October 2019 for an
Early Stage Researcher (m/f) – Stardust-R - ESR10
The candidate will work full-time in the field of space robotics towards the goal of
developing and experimentally testing control algorithms for an autonomous free-
floating manipulator system to capture and manipulate both non-cooperative and
The duration of employment is 3 years and during that time the candidate will be offered
the possibility to be enrolled in the Ph.D. programme at the University of Bremen under
the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner.
• Development of on-orbit servicing and active debris removal disposal solutions
• Development of a real-time control system for a free-floating space manipulator to
ensure the execution of a reference trajectory despite disturbances and parameters
• Development of control strategies to deal with contact interactions in microgravity and
their evaluation using an underwater vehicle
• Test final concepts on the flat-floor of the orbital robotics lab of ESTEC-ESA
• Participate in training events and meetings within the network and at international
conferences/workshops outside the network
• Participate in outreach activities of the network such public seminars, workshops,
journal clubs, etc.
• Disseminate scientific results through a book chapter, a wiki page, papers, articles, etc.
• Master’s degree (or comparable academic degree) in Engineering, Physics,
Mathematics or a related field (earned at the date of recruitment)
• Thorough background in multi-body kinematics and dynamics
• Very strong C/C++/Python programming skills
• Strong background in robot modelling, planning and control
• Experience with a robotics middleware such as ROCK, ROS, etc.
• Experience in real time operating systems and Hardware-in-the-Loop systems
• Familiarity with orbital robotics and/or underwater robots
• Experience in international collaboration across industrial and scientific communities
Excellent spoken and written command of English is required, basic German language
skills are a plus. We are looking forward for a talented and highly motivated candidate.
He/she should have an independent and well-structured working style, but has to be able
to work in teams as well.
The candidate should, at the date of recruitment, be in the first 4 years of his/her
research career and not have a doctoral degree. Moreover, the candidate should not have
resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the
recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in it) -
unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.
The Stardust Reloaded project is a European research project funded by the Marie
Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) action of the European
Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) program.
The project addresses the growing need for a sustainable exploitation of space, the
resilience of the space environment, the threat and opportunities coming from asteroids
and the compelling need for properly trained specialists who can tackle these issues.
Stardust-R comprises 20 partners, including the European, French and German aerospace
agencies that will support 15 early-stage career researchers (ESRs). The ESRs will be
trained in mathematics, physics, computer science, robotics and aerospace engineering
to provide effective solutions to make the space
environment resilient, space exploitation sustainable learn more about minor bodies and
ultimately protect Earth and our space assets. The envisioned forms of training are:
training through research, Project Working Groups, tutorials and webinars, secondments,
training schools, workshops, and a design challenge.
The research programme is divided in 8 work packages (WPs) that address existing or
emerging problems with a huge impact on the future of our planet, the space
environment and the space sector, and is driven by two key areas of application: Space
Traffic Management (STM) and the Exploration, Exploitation of Minor Bodies (EEM). Each
WP is developed by at least one ESR and all will contribute to one of the two above
mentioned topics. The involvement of each ESR in multiple WPs and the concurrent work
of multiple ESRs will promote collaborations, interdisciplinarity and cross-sectorial
activities with the precise goal to integrate the enabling technologies developed in
individual WPs into STM and EEM WPs.
The ESR at DFKI will be more dedicated to STM and will develop robotic technologies to
transform space debris into a commercial opportunity, as per the H2020/ESA PERASPERA
programme, via on-orbit servicing. Moreover, the ESR is expected to perform a 6 months
secondment at the Automation & Robotics
group of ESTEC-ESA, under the supervision of the head of the group, Mr. Gianfranco
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DFKI is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
Handicapped applicants with equal qualification will be given preferential treatment.
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