Postdoc in Advanced autonomy in aerial robotics Aarhus University, Department of Engineering Denmark

Postdoc in Advanced autonomy in aerial robotics at Aarhus University, Denmark 

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 1-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on advanced autonomy in aerial robotics.


We are looking for enthusiast a post doctoral researcher who wishes to investigate embedded guidance, control and navigation problem of unmanned aerial systems using artificial intelligence/machine learning methods with emphasis on reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, learning controls for robotics. Our aim is to leverage the current state-of-the-art autonomy level towards more smarter robots which will learn and interact with their environment, collaborate with people and other robots, plan their future actions and execute the given task accurately. If you wish to shape the future through the marriage of robotics with artificial intelligence/machine learning, come and join us. We can create this vision with your help through the alliance of robotics with artificial intelligence/machine learning.


The position is available from September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.


Job description


You are expected to contribute to [the aerial robotics laboratory activities, e.g.:


  • Manage laboratory facilities and support research projects
  • Ensure processes and procedures are executed in compliance to the University’s policy framework.
  • Code and develop novel UAV controllers, necessary interfaces for the communication of the on-board computer with the ground stations.
  • Support to develop journal and conference articles.


Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in automatic control engineering, mechatronics engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or other related disciplines from reputable universities. The PhD should have been completed within the last 5 years at most. Candidates, who will complete and defend their PhD thesis by Summer 2018, are welcome.


The candidate should have:


  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good communication skills,
  • Demonstrated ability to translate theory into practice,
  • A solid publication track record in peer-reviewed journals and conferences,
  • Concrete knowledge in C/C++,
  • Experience in aerial robotics,
  • A background in robotics, control theory and machine/deep learning would be a distinct advantage,
  • Hands on experience in UAVs is a plus,
  • Experience of Robot Operating System (ROS) is a plus,
  • Demonstrated experience in team coordination and fund-raising is a plus. 


About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section

Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and component levels as well as many different types of software for controlling electronic devices and networks.


The research areas within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section at Department of Engineering support the development within this area. The outcome greatly influences our daily lives as advanced technologies are incorporated into an increasing number of products, for example in industrial processes, at hospitals and in information infrastructures.


Place of Work and area of Employment

The place of work is Aabogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N., Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.


Contact information

Further information about the position may be obtained from Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan,

Application procedure


Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.


Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.


The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.


Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.


All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.


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