Postdoctoral fellow in robotics and artificial intelligence
Luleå, Sweden
Type of Employment Full-time
Job position Research assistant
Work model On location
Application due date 15 August 2024
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Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students. In the coming years, multi-billion sums will be invested in Norrbotten and Västerbotten in large projects aimed at a more sustainable society nationally as well as globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these highly topical research projects and the social transformation that follows. We have a wide range of training to match the skills that are in demand. We hope you will help us build the sustainable companies and communities of the future. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) ( at the Department of Systems and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology is now looking for a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to our growing business. The RAI team conducts fundamental and principle research in all aspects of robotics with a specific focus on airborne, space and bio-inspired robotics. RAI's vision is to reduce the gap between theory and reality and the team has a strong background in field robotics. Application areas we focus on are robotics for mines, airborne inspection of aging infrastructure, multi-robot search and rescue for emergency services and the like, multi-sensor fusion and multi-robot coordination which includes environmental perception, decentralization and execution of specified missions for multi-robot systems. The RAI team has a strong participation in European R&D&I projects and RAI participates in the DARPA SUB-T Challenge as a member of the CoSTAR team, which is led by NASA/JPL ( ). Subject description Robotics and artificial intelligence aim to develop new robotic systems characterized by advanced autonomy to improve the robots' ability to interact with the environment and humans while performing specific tasks. Project description You will work in the field of airborne robotics and their activities will link with national, European and worldwide R&D projects. The research topics will focus on, but are not limited to: Generative AI (GAI) interfaces for high-level intelligent decision making in robotics - GAI-guided mission planning and online decision-making in complex environments. - Efficient and robust translation between GAI and bots with reliable two-way interfaces. - Dynamics-aware mission planning and execution with multimodal sensor data. Quantum machine learning for robots - Learning and reasoning based navigation. - Distributed intelligence for robot swarms. Modeling and control of soft actuators with RL algorithms - Modeling of soft actuators with multiple degrees of freedom to handle time-varying dynamics of the system, especially due to time-varying mechanical properties. - RL-based approach to control, stabilize and maximize the output of actuators with minimal input. - Implementation of actuators in real-time systems and creation of soft robots. Job duties The duties of a postdoctoral researcher are mainly research. You will conduct research with substantial experimental elements that should be published in peer-reviewed international academic journals as well as presented at major conferences. Duties include supervision of PhD students and MSc students, teaching and support in procuring funds for future research projects from research funding authorities/councils, EU projects or industry. Qualifications In order to be eligible for employment, a doctorate or an equivalent foreign degree in control technology or a related subject is required. It is advantageous if your degree has been completed no more than three years before the application deadline for this position. If there are special reasons, it can come into question as having previously completed a doctoral degree, for example in the case of various types of statutory leave. The research tasks require a solid mathematical background with proven advanced experimental ability and excellent programming skills (e.g. C++, ROS, Matlab, etc.). You should have a strong vision to evaluate and demonstrate the research results in real field and industrial conditions with an approach that bridges the gap between pure theory and experimental verification. You will have to represent the group in various contexts, both in Sweden and abroad, hence excellent knowledge of English is a requirement. Information The employment is limited to two years with the possibility of an extension for another year. Place of employment Luleå. Intended entry, September 2024. For further information, please contact: George Nikolakopoulos, professor and subject representative, 0920- 49 1298, Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920- 49 1529, OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920- 49 1792, Application We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below where you attach a personal letter, a detailed CV with a list of publications and a full description of your scientific merits, a rough research plan with respect to the described research topics, list of successful grant applications or participation in research projects, at least 2 references, formal copies of verified and translated diplomas and Ph.D. Please mark your application with the reference number below. The application must be written in English as we have English speakers in the recruitment group. Application deadline: 15 August 2024 Reference number: 2196-2024
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Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. Our research is carried out in close collaboration with companies such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF as well as with leading international universities and national and regional actors. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,815 employees and 19,155 students.