Aarhus University (AU)

EXTENDED Postdoc in Communicating and Cooperating Autonomous Systems

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new European research project. The position is open for 18 months with a possibility for further extension.

The position is available from 15 August 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description/research project/research area

The inspection and surveillance of critical infrastructure such as bridges, high voltage transmission lines in power distribution grids and railway systems have been a manual and costly process for decades. The process incurs not only operational expenditures but also human capital risks. With the invent of autonomous systems such as drones, robotic vehicles and small satellites, inspection and surveillance operations can soon be efficiently deployed as cooperating autonomous systems under a remote operator control. This potentially brings enhanced safety, reduced cost and a faster inspection time due to the upscaling of the inspection system.

This postdoc project aims to provide the theoretical and innovative aspects of swarms and networks of autonomous systems to determine cooperative strategies that permit efficient and controllable inspection and surveillance operations. Topics include but are not limited to drone swarm formations, wireless communication, energy efficiency, network protocols, dynamic task allocation and optimal path planning. The project is part of the EU-H2020 project and you are expected to contribute with research and development in this project.

The postdoc position will give you the opportunity to develop your research and your career profile together with a highly dedicated and dynamic team of young researchers in a setting that includes collaboration with international partners. You will be offered the chance to get experience with teaching and co-supervision.

Your profile
The desired candidate should hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or similar. Applicants who have submitted their PhD dissertation before the starting date for the position are welcome to apply.

Required qualifications:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good experience with mathematical optimization
  • Programming experience preferable C++ and/or Python
  • Experiences with Linux, wireless communication and networking
  • Good experience with scientific publication
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent English skills both oral and in writing
About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section
Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and component levels as well as many different types of software for controlling electronic devices and networks.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Section is part of the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University. The section is currently undergoing a rapid expansion concerning both educational and research activities.

The Networks and Analytics (NAN) group is focused on research and innovation in next generation computer networks and data analytics aiming at distributed, networked systems that rely on secure and efficient communication.

The place of work is Åbogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
For further information please contact: Associate professor Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, phone: +45 4189 3252, email: rhj@eng.au.dk.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Deadline: 15 June 2020

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

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