Postdoctoral researcher in computer science

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-03233/2019

The School of Science and Technology at Örebro University is seeking an early career postdoctoral researcher in computer science for a fixed-term two-year appointment.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to be based at Örebro University's Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS, http://www.oru.se/aass), which carries out multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, computer science, and measurement technology. Our research in general is done in close partnership with world-leading corporations such as Volvo CE, Epiroc, and Husqvarna, but also with the public sector; and our research on the development of perception systems for mobile robots is recognised world-wide.

Our aim with this new recruitment is to further strengthen our research competence within computer science towards topics at perception and navigation in challenging environments, advancing the theoretical and practical foundations that allow mobile robots to operate in challenging environments.

Duties and responsibilities

The open position in particular relates to the research topics of heterogeneous map matching and SLAM in low-visibility environments. Novel research on matching maps made with sensor data (e.g., lidar, radar, vision) with maps of other modalities, such as pre-existing building plans, is expected to contribute to a step change in applications such as search & rescue robotics, as well as easy robot deployment in domestic and industrial settings. Particular challenges of heterogeneous map matching are that maps from different sources are affected by different kinds of uncertainties and errors, and that features in one kind of map may not be readily recognisable in another.

The position will be funded in part by a European project on robotics for firefighting and rescue in mines. In addition to scientific publications, the candidate is expected to contribute to successful project demonstrations.

In order to meet these goals, the candidate is expected to have a demonstrated research background and international publications within robotic mapping and localisation. Experience with heterogeneous sensor configurations and maps is an advantage. A solid theoretical background and excellent programming skills are also very important, as is the ability to develop real-world prototypical systems. It is not necessary to be familiar with the Swedish language, but proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.

Eligibility

Eligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in computer science or in related subject areas. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may however also be considered if special grounds exist (leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances).

Assessment criteria

The assessment of the candidates is based on previous research and publication records and the suitability to the topics outlined above, as well as demonstrated programming and deployment skills.

Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken, is a requirement.

Equality

Our ambition is to create a place of work that is characterised by gender equality and diversity. All genders are most welcome to apply.

Information

The position is a full-time position for a fixed term of two years. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Expected start date during the fall of 2019.

For more information about the scientific aspects of this position, please contact Martin Magnusson by email at This is an email address

For further information contact Head of AASS, Professor Amy Loutfi, This is an email address

Application

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter
  • CV, including names of two academic references who may be contacted (if needed)
  • An account of research qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10)

Only documents written in English, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 2019-08-16. We look forward to receiving your application!

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), Örebro University is required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.