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Postdoctoral Position in Robotics for Extreme Environments

  • Application Deadline
    01 May 2019
    (application date has expired)
  • Job Salary
    £20,000 to £30,000
  • Contact Name
    Prof. Maarja Kruusmaa

The Centre for Biorobotics is a team of 15 young, skilled and well-motivated researchers and engineers in Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Estonia. We love novel, unusual and risky ideas and new applications for our technology.

We are looking for new team members to work on robot sensing and locomotion, taking robots to places and solving tasks they have not been able to do before.
In particular, we are on the lookout for good people for the following two postdoc positions:

1. Robot locomotion in multiphase environments. This involves proposing novel ideas and building and testing robot prototypes for locomotion in fluids with different properties. The robots will move both on solid ground and in the environments between them; in mud of different consistencies, clay, oil, wet snow, loose gravel, etc.

2. Robot sensing in sensory-deprived and GPS-denied environments. This involves developing unconventional robotic sensors for environments where the common sensors cannot work (e.g. caves filled with slurry, ice caves, highly turbid water, etc.). The purpose of these new sensors will be to build world models and navigate through highly uncertain underground and underwater environments.

Apart from a strong theoretical background and practical skills in robotics and physics, this assignment requires independent thinking and willingness to stretch your limits. Since we work tightly coupled in several international projects, we need people who are good at working with others. Also be prepared for field testing in conceivably uncomfortable conditions (rain, snow, mud etc.).

If you feel that you are interested, please consider our offer of 20 000 – 30 000 EUR annual salary, friendly, supportive, internationally well-connected research team and state-of-the-art experimental facilities. TalTech has a young, lean and efficient university management where good ideas are welcome and can be put in practice without bureaucratic hassle. You would be located in Tallinn, Estonia, which is one of the fastest-growing IT hubs in Europe.
We are also creating opportunities for young researchers to stay here longer and build up your academic career in Taltech.


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