[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] PhD position in Aerial Manipulation, closing soon

Matteo Fumagalli mafum at elektro.dtu.dk
Wed Jul 10 09:22:29 PDT 2019

The Automation and Control Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark invites applicants for a 3-years PhD position in the area of Aerial Manipulation.

The goal of this PhD project is to design, control and test novel aerial manipulation technologies for inspection in the maritime industry. The project will require gathering end user requirements, design lightweight manipulators and end-effectors for tool manipulation with a drone, develop control strategies for robust aerial interaction, test and validate the developed technologies in real-life application.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with major players in the Danish maritime industry in the field of aerial inspection and will be part of a vibrant team with strong academic competences at DTU, where the position will be based. Cooperation with the other members of the project team and equal contribution to common building blocks of the developed system is foreseen. Associate Professor Matteo Fumagalli will supervise the selected candidate.

The Automation and Control Group (AUT) at the Department of Electrical Engineering performs research in the technical sciences related to automation. AUT is among the world leaders in fundamental and applied research in condition monitoring and fault-tolerant control. Model-, signal- and knowledge-based methods for diagnosis and prognosis have been proposed and developed for a wide array of applications with a clear industrial impact. The group performs cutting-edge research in the area of reconfigurable modular robotics, where modularity is pursued as a mean to enhance robustness and performance through reconfiguration of the internal and external system architecture. AUT also holds strong expertise in mechatronic design, perception for mobile autonomous robots through integration of smart sensor technologies, probabilistic methods and learning techniques. The available expertise in those areas is also outsourced for public and private consultancy.

* Responsibilities and tasks
The selected candidate will be responsible of the mechatronic design of aerial manipulation systems for inspection by contact within the maritime industry. Contribution is expected:

Provide technical leadership in aerial manipulation systems design
Work within a strong, vibrant and cross-functional research team in live industrial projects
Develop, prototype and test of custom aerial manipulation solutions
Contribute to the integration of work from different team members and industrial partners into a common solution
The selected candidate is expected to carry on could include dynamic modelling of aerial manipulators, control of physical interaction of floating-base systems, design of innovative mechanisms for aerial manipulation, AI for aerial manipulation, and the like.

* Qualifications
Applicants must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

* Approval and Enrollment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

* Assessment
Assessment of applications will be made by the supervisor together with other faculty members, that will work closely with the PhD candidate.

* We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

* Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

* Further information
Further information may be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Matteo Fumagalli, mafum at elektro.dtu.dk or +45 9356 2236.

You can read more about the Automation and Control Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering www.elektro.dtu.dk/english<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.elektro.dtu.dk_english&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QYZOXPY3S-UOdFRFWtmwa1yRMiNL2Nvhf_j7uXton-w&s=BwAFUJ1LkMheg6Q6QqEAScF6Q0EX7CQ3j8DWD3CnDuM&e= >.
* Application
Please submit your online application no later than 26 July 2019 (local time).  Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online" at the web page: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dtu.dk_english_About_JOB-2Dand-2DCAREER_vacant-2Dpositions__job-3Fid-3Dd9eee3ad-2Dee6b-2D43ad-2Dac40-2D5f2129b049be&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=QYZOXPY3S-UOdFRFWtmwa1yRMiNL2Nvhf_j7uXton-w&s=LXmOaqVZyFwvTSYoX6X5z_eD4PM010eK_83QPZKA8Z0&e= 
fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
- Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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