PhD position in Dexterous Manipulation at Jaume I University, Spain

Date: 
Friday, 1 October, 2021 - 14:00

Call for a PhD position in Dexterous Manipulation at Jaume I University (UJI), Spain

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The UJI Robotic Intelligence Laboratory (RobInLab) (http://robinlab.uji.es) offers a PhD programme through the UJI School for Doctoral Studies. One fully funded PhD position is available in Castellon starting December 1st, 2021, on the topic of dexterous robotic manipulation. Deadline is October 10, 2021.

Research project

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The candidate will join the vibrant team of RobInLab, led by Prof. Angel P. del Pobil. The overall objective of the research is to attain a breakthough in dexterous robotic manipulation; bio-inspired approaches pertaining to active perception and multimodal sensorimotor coordination will be encouraged. The research work will be carried out on state-of-the-art systems such as Universal Robots UR5e and Robotiq 3-Finger Adaptive Robot Hand (http://robinlab.uji.es/ur5e-universal-robots-arm) (see them here mounted on a Ridgeback platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OS8jtwoFCw)

Requirements

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This studentship is intended for brilliant young graduates with outstanding performance, and fulfilling the requirements for admission to a PhD programme, typically holding a Master degree in Computer Science, Robotics, Mechatronics, or a related discipline relevant to the project. An additional background and/or interest in computational neuroscience or interdisciplinary bio-inspired research will be a plus. Excellent programming skills are essential along with the ability to develop software on robots (including ROS). The ideal candidate will be self‐motivated with good writing and communication skills in English.

Employment

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We offer a very challenging full-time position for 1 year, renewable periodically after an annual evaluation. We also provide excellent facilities for professional and personal development, holiday allowances and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be offered the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.

The successful applicant will be awarded an annual gross salary of 17,600 €. Students are expected to complete their PhD dissertation within the first three years.

Application

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Eligibility.- The candidate should hold the degree required for admission to the PhD programme.

Applications should include:

a) Cover letter with personal data (nationality, date of birth, gender, current address), along with motivation

b) Copy of valid passport (only if not a citizen or resident in Spain)

c) Official academic transcript including the name of obtained degree(s), showing courses taken and grades achieved together with dates, as well as the maximum and minimum scores and score required for passing a course, and the average resulting score. An official translation into English or Spanish is required if the original is in another language.

d) A detailed CV in English or Spanish.

Optionally, names of references or recommendation letters are very welcome.

The candidate should submit the above documents to <robinlab@uji.es> as soon as possible but no later than

     OCTOBER 10, 2021

Please include the above documents as a SINGLE PDF file with your name and include - “PhD Application” in the subject-line. Please meet this deadline, even if you do not have all the documents, since missing files can be provided later. Short-listed candidates will be contated with further instructions

For more information, please address your inquiries to <robinlab@uji.es>

About UJI RobInLab

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RobInLab has 30 years experience in RTD activities and a strong record of participation in funded European, national and regional projects, as well as with companies and private foundations. RobinLab has a strong research line in robotics that was initiated in 1991 and successfully established the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Advanced Robotics. Our activities emphasize research and development in the areas of cognitive and service robotics, including motion planning, active learning, multisensory grasping and manipulation, control architectures, neuro-robotics, visual and tactile perception, cooperative mobile robotics, and developmental and social robotics. The group has been very active in benchmarks and performance evaluation in robotics research. RobinLab has participated in various European funded projects and has established itself as a renowned and highly competitive research organization within the Robotics community, being one of the founding members of the EURON Network of Excellence. Jaume I University is situated in Castellon, a town on the Mediterranean coast of Spain between Valencia and Barcelona, it seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, and provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.

Professional perspectives

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Professional perspectives for our students are excellent. Former UJI RobInLab PhD alumni include winners and finalists of the European PhD George Giralt Award and Robotdalen Scientific Award, as well as recipients of Marie Curie Fellowships. They followed their careers as postdocs at prestigious universities such as the Imperial College London, University of Leeds, University of Hertfordshire, University of Plymouth, Hong kong University of Technology, or companies such as Willow Garage. Books based on their thesis and subsequent work have been published by Springer in series such as STAR or COSMOS. Currently they pursue their professional careers at companies such as Google in California, INTEL in Portland, The Shadow Robot Company, or with academic positions at Radboud University in The Netherlands or Middlesex University (U.K.)