Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc or research assistant position in Visual-SLAM-based autonomous navigation and inspection of ships using aerial robots

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 1-year Postdoc or research assistant position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on visual-SLAM-based autonomous navigation and inspection of ships using aerial robots.

We are looking for two enthusiast researchers (post-doctoral researchers or research assistant) who wish to investigate in design of a visual-SLAM algorithm in which the drone autonomously explore and navigate through the environment around the ship , and also provide the inspection information on cloud.

The position is available from June 1, 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter

Job description/research project/research area
You are expected to contribute to the Artificial Intelligence in Robotis (Air) laboratory activities, e.g.:

  • Support to develop journal and conference articles
  • Communicate with our industrial partner.
Your profile
Applicants should hold a MSc or PhD in automatic control engineering, mechatronics engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or other related disciplines. (the degree should have been completed within the last 5 years at most). Candidates, who will complete and defend their MSc or PhD thesis by June 2020, are welcome:
  • The candidate should have excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good communication skills,
  • A solid publication track record in peer-reviewed journals and conferences,
  • Concrete knowledge in C/C++,
  • Experience in aerial robotics,
  • Background in computer vision,
  • Background in Visual Odometry, SLAM algorithms
  • Experience in Occupancy Mapping or related framework (Octomap, Voxblox, …)
  • Hands-on experience in visual sensor, stereo and depth camera systems is a plus
  • Experience in hands on experience in real UAV systems is a plus,
  • Experience of Robot Operating System (ROS) is a plus
  • Experience of machine learning / deep learning / AI is a plus

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 research areas within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section at Department of Engineering support the development within this area. The outcome greatly influences our daily lives as advanced technologies are incorporated into an increasing number of products, for example in industrial processes, at hospitals and in information infrastructures.

The place of work is Aabogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information please contact: Assoc. Prof. Erdal Kayacan, erdal@eng.au.dk, +4593521062

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.

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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