[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Early Stage Researcher position within EU project Stardust-R at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Bremen, Germany

Matias Valdenegro 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 
Excellence” worldwide.

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 
cooperative targets.
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.

Your tasks:
• 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.

Your qualifications:
• 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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