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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD in tactile-driven robotics at CITEC - Bielefeld University

Robert Haschke
The NeuroInformatics Group (Prof. Ritter) at the Faculty of Technology,
Bielefeld University, is looking for a PhD candidate in the area of
tactile-based control for grasping and manipulation. The ideal candidate
should hold a MS degree in Computer Science or Engineering, with a
particular focus on sensor-driven robotics. S/he should have a
background in machine learning (particularly deep learning), robotics,
and control. Strong programming skills in C++ and/or python as well as
experience with ROS are essential and candidates should be strongly
motivated to quickly get acquainted with large existing code bases. A
history of open-source contributions is desired (if you have one, please
mention e.g. your github account). Proficiency in written and spoken
English is required. Knowledge of German is useful but not required.

The position is available immediately with an initial contract until
March 2019 and the option for prolongation to a full 3-years PhD period.
Reduced working hours are possible. The position is meant for scientific
qualification. According to the legal requirements of the WissZeitVG and
the contract on good employment practice, individual contract terms can
arise with an annual gross salary of ca. 50.000 EUR.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a detailed CV, and
the names of two references (or recommendation letters) via email to
[hidden email].

Interviews will start on September 18th, 2017. Late applications will be
treated depending on availability of the position.

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*About the project “TACT-HAND”*, Improving control of prosthetic hands
using tactile sensors and realistic machine learning

In this cooperation with DLR and EPFL we aim for an augmentation of a
prosthetic hand (Touch Bionics) with tactile sensing and appropriate
force-based control algorithms to facilitate more advanced usage of this
5DoF hand. The main task of the candidate will be the realization of
control algorithms for tactile-based grasping, applying deep learning
approaches for incipient slip detection and tactile sensor development.

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*About Neuroinformatics Group / CITEC*

Applicants will work in the context of the Neuroinformatics Group at
CITEC, headed by Prof. Ritter, further developing a bimanual robot setup
equipped with anthropomorphic, tactile-sensorized Shadow Robot Hands.
The project will also benefit from its embedding in the research
environment of the Cluster of Excellence “Cognitive Interaction
Technology” (CITEC).

Creating the scientific and technology foundations for systems that
interact with human users seamlessly and at a semantic level is the
focus of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology
(CITEC) at Bielefeld University. CITEC's research topics range from
smart devices, over virtual or augmented reality to sophisticated robots
with cognitive or even social capabilities.

CITEC was established as part of the German Excellence Initiative in
2007 and brings together over30 research groups in computer science,
robotics, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sports science,
co-located in a dedicated buildingthat offers cutting-edge lab facilities.

The Neuroinformatics Group, headed by Prof. Ritter, is particularly
focusing on tactile- and vision-based grasping and manipulation in
unknown environments employing anthropomorphic Shadow Robot Hands.
Methods include machine learning, particularly deep neural networks, but
also classical engineering approaches.


*What CITEC Offers You*

We offer a strongly interdisciplinary and stimulating research
environment with excellent laboratory infrastructure as well as a wide
network of national and international research partners. The positions
are remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and are provided with a
dedicated budget for research costs. We are strongly committed to
support the career development of our members and can offer facilities
to reconcile professional demands and family life.

*Application Process*

Applications are to be submitted in English and must include the
following (no more than two pages for each item 1. - 4.):

 1.

    A statement describing the applicant’s area(s) of research (topics
    and methods)

 2.

    A motivation letter,

 3.

    A curriculum vitae

 4.

    Record of publications, with copies of 3 representative papers

 5.

    References to software projects the candidate developed / contributed to

 6.

    Up to two letters of recommendation


Applications should be sent by email ([hidden email])
<mailto:[hidden email]%29>to Dr. Robert Haschke, in one
PDF document. Should you have any questions, please also contact us at
this email address.


Applications from qualified severely handicapped persons and persons who
are on a par with severely handicapped persons are explicitly welcome.


Bielefeld University is recognized as a family-friendly university. We
encourage women to apply for jobs; this is particularly true with regard
to both academic and technical posts as well as positions in information
technology, trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to the
provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.


*About Bielefeld *

Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany (with close to
330.000 inhabitants). Founded in 1214 CE as merchant city, Bielefeld is
today a dynamic university city with a total of seven universities and
nearly 35.000 students. It is a lively city with favourable living costs
with a lot of cultural and entertainment opportunities. Bielefeld is at
the heart of the East Westphalia-Lippe region, which is home to a number
of worldwide acting companies, including Miele, Bertelsmann, Dr. Oetker
and Schüco. Fast ICE trains make Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne reachable
within two and a half hours. Located in the heart of the Teutoburg
Forest, the place is one of Germanies greenest cities, offering many
opportunities for outdoors and leisure activities.

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