Professor in Robotics and Automation

Updated: 25 days ago

DTU Electrical Engineering at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Professor in Robotics and Automation and as Head of Section Robotics and Automation.

You will be leading the Section Robotics and Automation, and you will collaborate closely with with the Section Autonomous Systems, which also will be established based on the existing Section Automation and Control. The Section is in the process of extending the research and teaching facilities in robotics and automation, making the Section among the world elite in the field of robotics and automation.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You must develop the research field of robotics and automation based on the combination of novel technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning etc.) and more classical methodologies.

Emphasis is on robotics (including systems engineering) and novel use of automation. The application field is robotics and automation systems in traditional domains such as industrial plant, but also extending to novel domains (including heath systems, agriculture, food production, and mobility).

The subject area is expected to address several of the following research challenges:

  • Grasping and tactile manipulation
  • Robot vision in challenging natural environments
  • Force-controlled and compliant robots
  • Automation and control of industrial plants
  • Combination of mobile platforms (sea, air, land) and robot arms

The research can be based on advanced modelling combined with experimental validation in our world-class laboratory facilities.

The tasks include research, teaching, and innovation combined with leadership within these areas, and we expect the candidate to further strengthen our internationally recognized research activitiers as well as expand academic and industrial collaboration. Entrepreneurship and project management are integrated aspects of the position.

You must engage in and upgrade existing educations at all levels within robotics and automation. You should thus take a leading role in identifying new educational needs and assume responsibility for contact to relevant academia, industries, and collaboration partners—both national and international—as part of this activity.

You are expected to play a central role in fundraising.

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities .  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ole Ravn, tel.: +45 4525 3560, or Head of Department Preben Jørgensen, mobile: +45 9351 1211, .  

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at .  

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .   

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 November 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link ‘Apply online’, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Automation and Control group performs research and teaching in automation technology, control theory and robotics at DTU. The group has core competences in feedback and Control, Signal processing and integration as well as Systems Engineering with applications in a broad range of fields. The group has about 35 affiliated researchers and other employees. Please read more about the Automation and Control group on .

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct excellent research within acoustic technologies, electromagnetic systems, electronics, autonomous systems, robotic technologies, digital energy solutions, interconnected energy systems, electric energy technologies, and not least electrification in many respects. Our department has more than 200 members of staff. Please read more about the Department of Electrical Engineering on .

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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