Postdoc in Underwater Robotics, Perception and Planning

Updated: 5 days ago
Deadline: 08 Apr 2021

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

The division of Robots Perception and Learning, RPL, is offering a position of Post Doc within the Swedish Maritime Robotics Centre, SMaRC . There you will help lead a group of Ph.D. and Master students working on underwater robotic perception and control. There are regular trials and demos of the developed AUV systems that you will help to realize. You will also manage a code base and data repositories. The area of your research in SMaRC could be in for example SLAM, Navigation, Sonar perception, Visual SLAM, 3D reconstructions, multiagent planning, and Model Predictive Control.

This position is a one-year contract with the possibility of extension for one more year.

What we offer
  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international, and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • You will come into a project that is now making great progress as part of a team doing research grounded in the needs of the maritime industrial partners.
  • A chance to gain leadership experience in a friendly and fully functional group.

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree in Robotics, Computer Science, or Machine Learning, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
  • English proficiency.
  • Programming Skills in C++ and Python.
  • Experience with larger programming projects (e.g. Github).

Preferred qualifications

  • Research expertise.
  • Teaching abilities.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality.
  • Collaborative abilities.
  • Independence.
  • Further knowledge and skills that are desirable for the position is experience with Deep Learning or Robot Operating System ROS.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Trade union representatives

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Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • A brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests, and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • Names and contact information for at least two reference persons.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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