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Postdoc: Learning Physical Human-Robot Cooperation Tasks

This project focuses on “dexterous cooperation”, i.e., a robot and a human co-worker jointly transporting and/or assembling objects (e.g., …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 3225 - € 4274 per maand


This project focuses on “dexterous cooperation”, i.e., a robot and a human co-worker jointly transporting and/or assembling objects (e.g., stacking boxes, changing a tire). The scientific challenges range from communicating intentions (e.g., on the robot side via force guidance or speech and via touch or gestures on the human side), learning to anticipate human behaviors and extracting movement goals, to actually learning how to best physically collaborate with the human. Applicable techniques include reinforcement learning, imitation learning, interactive learning, model learning, incorporating prior knowledge, scene understanding and prediction, planning, movement primitives, hybrid force-position control, etc.

The exact research topic can be adapted to the candidate’s background and interests.

The PostDoc will be supervised jointly by HRI-EU and TU Delft. The working location will be both TU Delft (Delft, The Netherlands) and HRI-EU (Offenbach am Main, Germany), the split will be decided upon in consultation with the candidate.


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in systems and control, robotics, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, or a related subject. The candidate must have strong analytical skills and must be able to work at the intersection of several research domains. Experience with real robot applications is a plus. The applicant should have demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research according to international standards, as demonstrated by publications in international, high-quality journals. A very good command of the English language is required, as well as excellent communication skills.


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.  

Additional information

If you have specific questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jens Kober, e-mail: J.Kober@tudelft.nl. Please do not send application emails here, but use the specified address below.

To apply, please prepare:

  • a cover letter
  • a separate letter of motivation explaining why you are the right candidate for this project,
  • a detailed CV,
  • electronic copies of your top three publications,
  • a summary of your PhD thesis,
  • the names and contact addresses of two or three references,
  • any other information that might be relevant to your application.

All these items should be combined in one PDF document. Applications should be submitted by email at the earliest convenience to application-3mE@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE19-89. The review of applications will start on November 15th 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately, the latest possible starting date is April 1st 2020.