Postdoctoral Fellow in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Oct 2022

About the position 

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.  

The position is with the Autonomous Robots Lab of NTNU (https://www.autonomousrobotslab.com/ ) and focuses on both fundamental and applied research in the domain of resilient robotic perception and spatial intelligence in fully or partially GPS/GNSS-denied and possibly visually-degraded environments. Topics of priority include – but are not limited to – research in a) Simultaneous Localization And Mapping in cluttered and obscurants-filled environments with challenging light conditions, as well as b) environment representations that can facilitate agile and safe motion and path planning for Micro Aerial Vehicles. As part of this position, the selected researcher will be working in the DigiForest project (https://digiforest.eu/ ), an EU grant on digital and robotically-assisted forestry that beyond NTNU also involves the collaboration of TUMunich, ETH Zurich, University of Oxford, and the University of Bonn, as well as the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Silvere, Hexagon, and Moog. 

The Autonomous Robots Lab has leading research in robotic autonomy. Our track-record includes the recent win on the DARPA Subterranean Challenge (leading Team CERBERUS), top-tier publications, a host of prestigious grants funded by both US and European sources, and an international network of research collaborators. 

Your immediate leader is Professor Kostas Alexis. 

Duties of the position

  • Research in the domain of the position – defining core research direction for the topic and providing solutions onboard robotic systems
  • Collaboration with PhD students and other researchers in common projects
  • Publish relevant papers in top-tier journals and conferences in the domain
  • Support in leading our lab activities in DigiForest and other international research projects involving multiple partners
  • Co-supervision of master theses
  • Possible involvement in research grant preparation

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in Cybernetics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar. If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position. 
  • Track record of published works in the domain of the position including at least one journal publication.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Strong track record of publications in top conferences and journals in robotics, computer vision, machine learning, or state estimation
  • Extensive experience in C++
  • Extensive experience with the Robot Operating System
  • Experience in code open-sourcing 
  • Good written and oral English skills

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Detailed and results-oriented 

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The period of employment is 2 years.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.  

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to primarily external funding through a European project that started in Fall 2022.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application 

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include 

  • CV and certificates 
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Research plan
  • Name and contact information of two referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation. 

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. 

General information 

Working at NTNU 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality . 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.  

As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Konstantinos Alexis konstantinos.alexis@ntnu.no  . 

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 26.10.2022. 

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Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)

Engineering cybernetics is the study of automatic control and monitoring of dynamic systems. We develop the technologies of tomorrow through close cooperation with industry and academia, both in Norway and internationally. The Department contributes to the digitalization, automation and robotization of society. The Department of Engineering Cybernetics  is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 26th October 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Trondheim


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