Postdoc in Automatic Offline Programming of Robotic Tasks with Specified Cartesian Trajectories

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University of Southern Denmark

SDU Robotics is involved in a variety of national and European projects and features a strong network of academic and industrial partners. We are a team of currently appr. 65 researchers, specialized in robot solutions involving modelling, simulation and control of advanced robot technologies (systems and services) for industrial, medical and welfare applications. 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.

SDU Robotics is part of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), and located at the main Campus in Odense, at the core of the Odense Robotics Cluster involving 130+ startups and established companies in robotics. The aim of the group is to solve challenging research problems derived from real-life challenges by implementing novel robot solutions. We participate in implementing the achieved results in real solutions with end users as Universal Robots, LEGO, national hospitals and Novo Nordisk.

Job description

SDU Robotics currently has an open 1,5 year postdoc position with focus on Offline Programming of Robotic Tasks with Specified Cartesian Trajectories such as welding, grinding, polishing and brushing of industrial work pieces. Input is a 3D representation of robot, tool, work piece, environment and task trajectories and process specifications, and the goal is to automatically produce a collision free robot motion so that the tool traces the specified trajectory while fulfilling process specifications. Focus is also on generating robot programs that can easily be adjusted by the user based on trial executions of the generated trajectories.

Profile and requirements

The candidate must hold a PhD degree in robotics or similar and must have the following qualifications:

  • Documented experience with using offline programming systems.
  • Experience in programming in C++ and in developing maintainable robotics software.
  • Documented practical experience with applying offline programming technologies to real industrial applications.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Documented experience with applying NURBS/Bezier representations to represent trajectories.
  • In depth knowledge of the structure of CAD models.
  • Have worked with QT-based applications.

The activity is very application oriented, and the candidate must be willing to be relocated to companies for a significant part of the work time.

Furthermore, the successful candidate:

  • Have excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).
  • Can work well in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Have the ability of working independently and have a strong sense of responsibility. 

Further information
Further information about this position is available via email from Head of Unit, Professor, Henrik Gordon Petersen [email protected] .

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Conditions of employment
The postdoc position is for 1,5 years. The starting date for the position is as soon as possible in 2023 and will be agreed with the successful candidate. 

Employment as a postdoc requires scientific qualifications at PhD level. Employment as a postdoc is temporary and will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree. The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

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
Read about the Assessment and selection process . Shortlisting may be used. 

Application procedure

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

The application deadline is 27.07.2023.

The application must be in English and must include:

  • Motivated application that clearly explains the applicant’s interest, qualifications, and motivation for the position (max. 2 pages).
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae including personal contact information, describing the research, along with any other relevant information.
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD) 
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication
  • Reference letters, names of references 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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