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Phd positions on impact-aware robot manipulation

The TU/e is searching for:Two fully-funded PhD positions on impact-aware robot manipulation TU/e, the Netherlands at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dynamics and Control.

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is looking for high-caliber candidates to fill two fully-funded PhD positions, to begin as soon as possible from January 2020. Both PhD projects will form part of a new major H2020 research and innovation project on impact-aware robotics, with application in the field of logistics. This project will involve 4 research institutions in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland and four companies in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany, collaborating to develop cutting edge new robotics technologies to speed up physical take-and-put logistic processes. Both PhDs will have ample opportunities for travel and for interaction with the project's top academic and industry partners across Europe, and may also contribute to other robotics project currently running with the TU/e and its partners.

About us

Located in the Brainpoint region, which attracts 40% of all Dutch spending on research and development, the Eindhoven University ot Technology (TU/e) is one of the leading technical university in Europe, part of the prestigious EuroTech universities alliance, offering graduate engineering programs and post-graduate technological design, Ph.D and teacher-training programs. The mission of the TU/e is to educate students to become leading industrial professionals and academic scientists, to generate and valorize new cutting-edge scientific knowledge, by creating and supporting the industrial activities in the Brainport region and beyond.

The Dynamics and Control chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering conducts top-level research in the area of dynamics and control, with the emphasis on modeling, analysis and control of mechanical and mechatronic systems. Nonlinear dynamics and control, robotics, structural and vehicle dynamics are the focal areas of the program. Fundamental research is combined with numerical tools and supported by dedicated laboratory experiments. Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels is a key integral part of the mission of the program, to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills.

PhD1: impact-aware dynamic modeling and validation - this project involves modeling/validation of impact models for known robots and objects from motion capture and robot proprioception sensor data. These models will serve as the basis to the envisioned impact-aware planning, learning, control, and sensing robot modules. Background in dynamics, robotics, computer vision, nonlinear control, and nonsmooth mechanics would constitute the ideal background for this project.

PhD2: impact-aware robot control - this project will look at impact-aware robot control, combining hybrid systems, nonlinear/hybrid control, nonsmooth mechanics, and QP robot control paradigms. In particular, we wish to further extend the cutting edge impact-aware robot control techniques that our group is developing (see, in particular, this recent PhD thesis on the subject: https://pure.tue.nl/ws/files/107723936/20181126_Rijnen.pdf


Requirements: high scoring undergraduate degree, from a high-caliber institution, in mechanical or electrical engineering, computer science, or other relevant numerate discipline. Ideally, also a subject-specific masters (systems and control, robotics, computer vision). Real robot and computer-vision training/experience would be highly appreciated. Candidates should preferably be also good coders (C++, Python, MATLAB) and will be expected to develop the high standard coding skills needed to carry out their project.


We offer:
  • An exciting job in a dynamic work environment and multidisciplinary consortium.
  • A full-time appointment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after 1 year
  • A gross monthly salary from € 2.325 (first year) to €2.972 (fourth year) in line with the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • The possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A personal development program for PhD students (Information on the PROOF program can be found on: https://www.tue.nl/en/education/graduate-school/phds-at-tue/.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year bonus (8,3% in December), an extra holiday allowance (8% in May), moving expenses and excellent sports facilities.

Additional information

If you would like know more about the positions, please contact Dr. Alessandro Saccon, a.saccon{at}tue.nl or +31 40 2475423.

We invite you to submit a complete application via our website by clicking on the "apply for this job" button.
The application should include:
  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • A brief description of your MSc thesis and, when available, a copy of the MSc thesis.
  • BSc course list (with Grades).

Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the positions have been filled.