Postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science (with focus on Multi-Agent Systems Composed of Robots and Humans)

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Ref nr: ORU 2.1.1-06749/2021

 

The School of Science and Technology at Örebro University is seeking one postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science for a fixed-term 2-year appointment.

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

The position is associated with industry-funded research projects on developing novel solutions for safe and efficient mixed traffic in industrial settings, including mines, construction sites, public transport and factories. “Mixed” means creating a tight cooperation between automated vehicles and humans. The specific ambition is to create safe and efficient traffic management and fleet control systems without requiring the separation of human-driven and autonomous systems, enabling truly collaborative transportation.  The aim is to explore algorithms, protocols, norms and control strategies that enable safe, live and efficient traffic flow in shared environments. The position provides the opportunity to work on an exciting and practically relevant problem in close cooperation with leading industrial stakeholders, including Epiroc, LKAB, Scania, and Volvo. The developed approaches will be relevant in several application domains with an initial focus on underground mining.

Duties and responsibilities

Solid theoretical background in one or more of the following topics is required: multi-agent systems, multi-robot systems, automated planning and scheduling, robot motion planning, robot control, multi-agent path finding, formal properties of multi-agent/robot coordination methods (including safety and liveness), agent-based simulation, intelligent traffic management. The successful 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:

  • significant track record in one or more of the fields above
  • proven ability to combine theoretical investigation and practical work with real applications
  • strong expertise in system development, programming and use of current frameworks for robots, multi-robot systems and/or agent-based simulation.
  • experience in the use of AI methods with real Robot systems or in agent-based coordination frameworks is a plus

The successful candidate will be required to work closely with our industrial partners, engaging in problem elicitation and demonstration activities, and testing, where appropriate and possible, in real production settings.

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 characterized 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.

For more information about the scientific aspects of this position, please contact Professors Federico Pecora (This is an email address) and Franziska Klügl (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).

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

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

Only documents written in English, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish and received via Örebro University’s web-based recruitment system can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 2021-12-10. 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.