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PhD position Bimanual manipulation of variable and deformable objects

This PhD project tackles the challenge of how to deal with variation, deformability and flexibility in agro-food. Many harvesting and food processing tasks …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2434 - € 3111 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

This PhD project tackles the challenge of how to deal with variation, deformability and flexibility in agro-food. Many harvesting and food processing tasks require two separate robots, e.g., when the product needs to be grasped first before it can be manipulated (bimanual manipulation). Efficient processing requires a joint optimization of the overall plan and runtime coordination of the perception and control in both arms.

During this PhD, you will develop control approaches capable of dealing with the intricate and uncertain interaction mechanics during processing natural products. You will investigate the boundary between control theory and machine learning, so as to equip robots with the ability of performing these actions with the necessary flexibility, but without learning times incompatible with practical implementations.

This project will have real-world validation within agricultural and food processing robotics, in the context of the FlexCRAFT project (https://flexcraftprogram.com/). 

Functie-eisen

You have a MSc degree (or close to finish) in robotics, machine learning, control theory, applied mathematics, or a related subject. Experience with real robot applications is greatly apprechiated, as well as having previous experience in conducting high-quality research - possibly demonstrated by publications in international, high-quality journals or conference proceedings. The latter is however not a necessary condition for applying.

Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are required.

Conditions

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Cosimo Della Santina, Assistant Professor (email: C.DellaSantina@tudelft.nl).

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Hilma Bleeker, HR advisor, email: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.