Postdoctoral researcher in computer science

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1- 04056/2021

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in computer science for a two year fixed-term position at the School of Science and Technology, Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS, http://www.oru.se/aass).

Subject area

The subject area for this position is safe human-aware navigation for mobile robots in populated environments.

Background

We are seeking to further strengthen our team performing research on safe robot navigation in populated environments with a new post-doc researcher. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to research on hybrid multilayered semantic maps that provide information also about non-material features of the environment. In particular, these maps may use multimodal people tracking data as input to represent directions and periodicities of people movements, and other activities. Other relevant research topics include automatic quality measures and failure mitigation for robot mapping and localisation. Particularly relevant research questions may include building people-aware maps from small data sets, how to learn the periodicities of motion in an on-line and iterative fashion, and how to best utilise these people-aware semantic maps for safe and efficient planning, and robust navigation.

The Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS, http://www.oru.se/aass) at Örebro University carries out multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, computer science, and measurement technology. Our research is often done in close partnership with world-leading corporations, but also with the public sector, and our research on the development of perception systems for mobile robots is recognised worldwide.

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.

This position is funded in part by the Swedish-funded project NiCE (Robust Navigation in Changing Environments) which will be performed in collaboration with Electrolux and Kollmorgen Automation, and the EU-funded project DARKO (Dynamic Agile Production Robots That Learn and Optimize Knowledge and Operation) together with seven European academic and industrial partners, Both projects strive to develop novel solutions for robots to safely and successfully operate in changing environments shared with humans.

In addition to scientific output in terms of 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. A solid theoretical background and excellent programming skills are also very important, as is the ability to develop real-world systems. It is not necessary to be familiar with the Swedish language, but proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.

Qualifications

Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject matter relevant for the position or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. The degree is to have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, positions of trust in a trade union or other similar circumstances.

Assessment criteria

A basis for the assessment is the applicant’s ability to disseminate information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community; and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research; as well as the ability and suitability to cooperate with other members of staff and contribute to the development of university operations.

Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia. 

Information

This is a fixed-term full-time position for two years. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, contact Martin Magnusson , email: This is an email address, or Peter Johansson, email: This is an email address.

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

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, 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
  • Account of research qualifications and experience
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:  https://www.oru.se/english/working-at-orebro-university/jobs-and-vacancies/applicants-and-external-experts/

The application deadline is 2021-08-31. 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), we are 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.