Postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1- 05071/2020

The School of Science and Technology is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science with focus on Planning and Coordination for Multi-Robot Fleets for a fixed-term appointment.

Subject area

The position is in Computer Science


The researcher is to be based at Örebro University's Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (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 carried out in close partnership with world-leading corporations such as Volvo, Epiroc, Scania, Husqvarna and Bosch, as well as with the public sector; and our research on the development of perception and planning systems for mobile robots is recognized world-wide.

Our aim with this new recruitment is to further strengthen our research competence within Computer Science, and in particular in topics related to the integration of automated planning, coordination and control for multi-robot systems. The focus for this position will be on combining optimization methods for task allocation with coordination algorithms in such a way as to guarantee safety and liveness. The position provides the opportunity to work on an exciting and practically relevant problem, namely, automated planning for large fleets of autonomous robots in underground mining.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills.

Solid theoretical background in one or more of the following topics is required: automated planning and scheduling, robot motion planning, robot control, multi-agent/multi-robot systems, formal properties of multi-robot coordination methods (including safety and liveness). The candidate shall be engaged in both research and integration work, and is expected to produce both scientific publications and project demonstrators. We therefore seek candidates with:

  • a strong expertise in system development, programming and use of current frameworks for robots and multi-robot systems
  • a proven track record in Robotics and/or AI (preferably in both)
  • a proven ability to combine theoretical investigation and practical work with real robotic systems

The candidate will be required to work closely with our industrial partners Epiroc and Newcrest Mining, engaging in problem elicitation and demonstration activities.

It is not necessary to be familiar with the Swedish language, but proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory


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.

General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate as well as the ability and suitability otherwise required to perform the duties well. A demonstrated ability and desire to pursue an academic career is also of importance.


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.

For more information about the scientific aspects of this position, please contact Associate Professor Federico Pecora (This is an email address).

For other information regarding this position, please contact the Head of AASS, Professor Lars Karlsson (This is an email address).

Örebro University actively pursues an equal work environment and values the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


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:

  • A covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • An account of research/artistic qualifications
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10) (Not only publication list.)

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

The application deadline is 2020-09-30. 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.