Research assistant position on simulation and control of gantry-based robotic operations

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WorkplaceOdense, Syddanmark, Denmark
Research assistant position on simulation and control of gantry-based robotic operations

SDU Robotics , part of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute , University of Southern Denmark (SDU), invites applications for a fully funded position as research assistant in the area of simulation and control of robotic operations carried out by gantry systems. The position will be vacant from 1 September 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is for a time-limited period until June 2023, with the option to be considered for a PhD position. Main work location is Odense/Denmark at SDU and Odense Havn (Odense Port).

Research environment
The candidate will be part of the ramp-up of SDU’s newly established center for Large Structure Production (LSP). LSP’s central ambition is to provide a physical "go-to" lab for companies in the sectors maritime, construction and energy to carry out research, development and testing of novel solutions in the production of large structures, such as buildings, ships and offshore platforms. In this context, the candidate is expected to contribute to commissioning and operating the unique set of equipment of the center.

LSP is integrated in the unit SDU Robotics that is at the core of the Odense Robotics Cluster involving 130+ startups and established companies in robotics. We are specialized in robot solutions involving modelling, simulation and control of advanced robot technologies (systems and services) for industrial, welfare and medical applications.

Our group is involved in a variety of national and European projects and features a strong network of academic and industrial partners. We solve challenging research problems derived from real-life challenges by implementing novel robot solutions. We value teamwork, professional diligence, enthusiasm for robotics and the drive to adopt new skills and extended responsibilities. We offer an open, international team, with flexible work organization and support of individual development.

Job description
The starting point for the candidate in LSP will be to support the commissioning and operation of robotic gantry systems. The candidate will contribute to implementing methods to safely and accurately control robotic equipment based on simulations. In close teamwork with our LSP team and staff from our industrial partners, the candidates will grow a hands-on expertise in robotic production operations, including multiple robots, tools and sensors.

Profile and requirements
The candidate is expected to have most of the following qualifications:

  • Master degree in engineering, preferably supported by first academic publications
  • Documented knowledge in industrial robotics and various types of simulation
  • Strong mathematics skills and practical knowledge in 3D modelling
  • Strong programming skills (particularly in C/C++ and Python)
  • Ability to work independently as part of an agile team, with a strong sense of responsibility
  • Willingness to engage in application-oriented R&D, by closely interacting with company staff

Contact information
For further information, please contact Professor Christian Schlette via email ( ) or on LinkedIn ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ).

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The application deadline is 15. August 2022.

Conditions of employment Employment as a research assistent requires scientific qualifications at graduate level. Employment as a research assistent is temporary and will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation .

The assessment process Assessments and selection process .

Application procedure
The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying. 

The application must be in English and must include:

  • Motivated application
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc) 
  • Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2322582.