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Postdoc: Multi-robot Motion Planning and Task Assignment

Gradually maturing robotic technology will enable large-scale deployments of highly-automated systems for logistics. Fleets of autonomous mobile robots can be …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3255 - € 4274 per maand


Gradually maturing robotic technology will enable large-scale deployments of highly-automated systems for logistics. Fleets of autonomous mobile robots can be leveraged to make industrial intralogistics more flexible and more efficient and fleets of automated on-demand vehicles can disrupt urban commerce by providing last-mile deliveries faster and cheaper than what is possible using traditional delivery channels. In this project, we will develop methods that allow to make principled decisions about design parameters of large-scale multi-robot systems, and to control the vehicles in the system, such that the desired trade-off between the fleet composition, operation cost, and system performance is achieved. Our goal is to design a general and scalable method for multi-robot multi-task assignment and routing, which accounts for multiple objectives and uncertainties.

This project is supported in part by an Amazon Research Award “Predictive Multi-objective Fleet Routing and Assignment”. Cross collaborations also exist with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and other researchers from the TU Delft Robotics Institute and the TU Delft Transportation Institute. For a glimpse of our research see http://www.alonsomora.com/research.html


The candidate has (or is close to complete) a PhD degree in robotics, systems and control, applied mathematics, optimization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, or a related field. The candidate shall have strong analytical and mathematic skills (preferably in motion planning or task assignment for multi-robot systems). Experience in machine learning is not required but it is beneficial. A very good command of the English language is required, as well as excellent communication skills and several publications in Q1 venues related to the field of research.


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.

Additional information

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

To apply, please submit:

  • a letter of motivation explaining why you are the right candidate for this project,
  • a detailed CV with a complete publication list,
  • a copy of your top two publications,
  • the names and contact addresses of two or three references.

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 3mE19-12. The review of applications will start on March 15th 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable.
If you are interested in more than one position in the Autonomous Multi-robots Lab, please submit a single application and indicate that in your letter of motivation.