Postdoctoral Researcher (Field Robotics)

Tampere University

14 Oct 2023
Job Information

Tampere University
Research Field
Engineering » Control engineering
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Engineering » Other
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
15 Nov 2023 – 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational, and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher on the R&D-project on control of light-weight flexible link robots funded by Research Council of Finland.  

The research group on autonomous mobile manipulators at Tampere University, Finland, currently has nearly 20 researchers and is led by Prof. Mattila. In the group, we are doing multidisciplinary Field Robotics research by bridging theory and practice and closely cooperating with the industry. 

Job Description

Our group is seeking for a Postdoctoral Researcher with a strong background and interest in dynamics and control of single-body and multi-body flexible systems (including nonlinear adaptive model-based control, subsystem-based control, and other applicable schemes).

It is foreseen that future high-strength fossil-free steels will pave the road toward lightweight machine structures with zero carbon footprint and lower energy consumption. However, the bottleneck hindering the adoption of considerably lighter structures is the unavailability of real-world control theory for multi-link flexible robot structures.  Our ambitious target is to develop real-world control theory for flexible multi-link robot structures that allows the widespread adoption of considerably lighter robotic structures with lower environmental impact. 

The main task of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be to work on development of IMU-based end-point position sensing, state estimation/observation and feedback control methods for lightweight flexible multi-link structures. The work is mainly composed of development activities, including algorithm and software development, setting of experimental systems, collecting data and performing experiments related to currently running research projects such as FUTURA , FEMMA and TITAN .

We perform our research on full-scale experimental field robotics systems at our outdoor lab and using the research infrastructure we share with our OEM industrial collaborators. 

The exact direction of the research is determined by the project tasks, but responsibilities and research topic can be tailored to the candidate’s skillset, experience and interests. Participation in the project also offers international cooperation possibilities and scholar visits abroad.


  • PhD degree in relevant field (e.g., control engineering, automation, robotics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics )
  • Strong background in control and estimation theory and in robotics.
  • Good skills in experimental implementation of control systems and hardware interfaces.
  • Programming experience in at least one of the following languages and environments: Matlab/Simulink, C, C++, Python.
  • Good track records of scientific contributions through publications

The candidate is expected to conduct independent research and, at the same time, contribute to the topics listed above. Successful candidates will be furthermore given the opportunity to work with M.Sc. students. 

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary, forward-thinking, and evolving community. Our values are openness, critical thinking, diversity, learner-centredness, courage, erudition, and responsibility. We hope you can embrace these values and promote them in your role. 

We offer

The position will be for a period of 2 years. There might a possibility of one year extension. The starting date is preferably 1.1.2024 or as mutually agreed upon by both parties. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.
The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. The position of a Postdoctoral Researcher is placed on the job demands levels 5-6 (teaching and research staff). A typical salary of Postdoctoral Researcher in this demand level is around 3500-4000 EUR/month.

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University . You can also find more information about us and working and living in Tampere by watching our video:  Tampere Higher Education Community – our academic playground

Tampere is the largest inland city in Finland and is considered a major academic hub in the Nordic countries. The region is home to a vibrant, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community, and the city is an industrial powerhouse with a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. Additionally, Finland is known for being one of the most stable, free, and safe countries in the world, based on various ratings by prominent agencies. Tampere is surrounded by stunning nature, with forests and lakes offering countless opportunities for easy-to-access outdoor adventures and refreshment throughout the year.

Read more about Finland and Tampere: 

  • Visit Finland
  • This is Finland
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: Welcome to Finland
  • Visit Tampere

As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as a flexible work schedule, a variety of affordable food and drink outlets across our campuses and a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. 

How to apply

Please submit your application through our electronic recruitment system. The closing date for applications is November 15th, 2023 (at 23.59 EET/UTC+2). 

All application materials, including the accompanying documentation, should be written in English and attached in PDF format.

Please ensure that your application includes the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae (including the contact details of two referees)
  • A list of publications as a part of the curriculum vitae
  • PDF copies of your PhD, MSc and BSc degree certificates and their English translations (Finnish and Swedish certificates are also accepted), including transcripts of all courses and grades taken during MSc and BSc studies

For further information, please contact:

Professor Jouni Mattila, tel. +358 849 0244, jouni.mattila(at)

Application period starts: 2023-10-13 15:15 Application period ends: 2023-11-15 23:59


Research Field
Years of Research Experience
4 – 10

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
4 – 10

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
4 – 10

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Tampere University
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Kalevantie 4

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