Faculty Positions in Soft Robotics at SDU - associate professor and professor

Faculty Positions in Soft Robotics at SDU - associate professor and professor

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense M, Denmark

The Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications from adventurous research leaders for open positions in the field of Soft Robotics at the levels of professor and associate professor. The positions are based in Odense and will be hosted by the Embodied Systems for Robotics and Learning (ESRL) unit of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute. The starting date for the position is ideally late 2019, and it will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Successful applicants will have the responsibility of helping define the research programme and portfolio of the new Centre for Soft Robotics being established at SDU under aegis of ESRL. The overall focus of the Centre will be on soft robotic systems design: we aim for a systems approach to soft robots that takes soft robots as first-class artefacts and considers how to design and build them. Specifically, we wish to elucidate what are the appropriate design criteria for soft robots; how well-adapted bodies can be designed and deployed for given tasks, including collaborative industrial tasks; how electronics and computing can be integrated into soft robotic solutions; and how both local and distal sensing can be exploited by such bodies.

ESRL’s current research programme focusses, inter alia, on biomimetic and bio-inspired robotics, in which Nature’s exploitation of unconventional materials and solution principles is of considerable interest. Unlike conventional robotic solutions where strength, precision, accuracy and repeatability are principal design criteria, Nature uses “soft” materials in interesting combinations to provide bodies well-adapted to their common tasks.

The Soft Robotics Centre will build on ESRL’s expertise in embodied artificial intelligence and biomimetic modelling and complement its existing work in robotics, working closely with existing research groups in ESRL but also with the SDU UAS Centre (for example on flapping flight drones) and SDU’s advanced manufacturing, composite and nano-materials programmes.

The ideal applicants for these positions will have:

  • a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, with experience of interdisciplinary research;
  • a strong research and publication record commensurate with the seniority of the position sought;
  • a familiarity with techniques and problems of making and working with soft robots — experience in biological modelling, materials science or embodied artificial intelligence and morphological computation will be especially relevant;
  • a sensible but challenging research proposal focussed on systems-level aspects of soft robotics — sensing, electronics and system design are especially interesting to us;
  • documented teaching experience in relevant undergraduate and graduate programmes;
  • a proven ability to attract research funding, again commensurate with the seniority of the sought position;
  • a commitment to basic science, but with appropriate experience of interaction and collaboration with the industrial or commercial worlds.


The application has to state the desired type of position.

Contact information
For further information please contact Professor John Hallam by email: john@mmmi.sdu.dk

Application, salary, and condition of employment etc.
Employment as Associate Professor or Professor requires scientific qualifications at PhD level within the mentioned research area and will be expected to teach and instruct students who participate in bachelor and master courses.

Owing to the increasingly international focus of the degree programs, applicants must demonstrate ability to teach in English. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

Shortlisting may be used. Shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment panel.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, the applicant may be called for interview.

The successful applicant(s) will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Employment as an Associate Professor or Professor is a permanent position.

Applications must be submitted online using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Read the guideline for applicants.

The application must include – remember to state the desired type of position:

  • Motivated Application and Research Proposal
  • Detailed Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc, PhD) – Danish or English translation
  • Information on previous teaching experience, attached as Teaching portfolio (please see below)
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • A maximum of 4 examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be part of this pdf-file
  • Other relevant qualifications
  • For the position as professor also documentation of research management


Applicants at the Faculty of Engineering are requested to submit a teaching portfolio with the application as documentation for teaching experience as well as supervision qualifications. Please read more here. Since not all members of the appointment committee are Danish-speaking, it is recommended that all your documents are submitted in English.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.You can only apply for the position through our website www.sdu.dk/en/service/ledige_stillinger.

Your application must be registered in our system on the 14. april 2019 at 23.59.59 CET at the latest.

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