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Post-doctoral and PhD positions in Intelligent Robotics

Aalto University, Finland is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world's top universities. Aalto University's cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At the new University, there are 20,000 basic degree and post-graduate students as well as a staff of 5,000 of which 330 are professors. The positions are located in Department of Automation and Systems Technology, hosting the Finnish Center of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines (GIM). The research environment provides excellent opportunities for open-minded co-operation with the highly motivated research staff as well as with top international partners.

Post-doctoral position in Multi-modal Programming by Demonstration

The candidate will work in the context of Academy of Finland project Multi-modal Programming by Demonstration for Natural and Flexible Automation (2013-2015). The project addresses the question how robotic systems can be programmed through interfaces which are natural, intuitive and use multiple sensory modalities of the human. The addressed scenario is the state-of-the-art challenge of in-contact machining.

A candidate should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Excellent candidates in a final phase of their PhD can also be considered. Suitable disciplines include Robotics, Computer Science, Automatic Control, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and other related areas. A strong publication record and experience in real robotic systems are considered advantages. Candidates are expected to be experienced with programming, preferably in C++ and Matlab. Candidates should also have good skills in spoken and written English. The appointment is available immediately. The position is fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. Employment includes occupational health and social security benefits.

PhD student position in Coordination of Heterogeneous Multi-robot Systems

The candidate will work in the context of EU FP7 project “RECONFIG” (2013-2016) considering decentralized coordination of heterogeneous multi-robot systems. The PhD student will work on manipulation and physical communication skills for heterogeneous multi-robot systems, especially on planning and execution of grasping and informative gestures in a multi-robot context. A candidate should have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree in a suitable area, or be a M.Sc. student in a final phase of their studies. The candidate should have strong analytical and writing skills, and experience or genuine interest in robotics and autonomous systems. Candidates are expected to also have good programming skills. The appointment is available from March 1, 2013. The position is fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension. The salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University. Employment includes occupational health and social security benefits.

How to apply

For application, please email (with reference “Post-doc position” or “PhD position”) the following documents attached to the email: 1) an application letter; 2) a Curriculum Vitae (with contact details); 3) a list of publications; 4) names and contact information (email) of at least two references; In addition, for the post-doctoral position: 5) an electronic copy of Ph.D. Thesis; 6) electronic copies of at most 5 most relevant publications

For the PhD position: 7) Transcript of records (courses and grades)

The applications should be in English and sent by email to Associate Professor Ville Kyrki (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi) by December 7, 2012, or earlier if possible. For additional information, please contact Ville Kyrki by e-mail firstname.lastname@aalto.fi or tel. +35850 4082035.