[ros-users] Two fully funded Post-Doc positions at the Intelligent Robots and Systems group of Institute for Systems and Robotics (IST, University of Lisbon)

Rodrigo Ventura rodrigo.ventura at isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Mon Jun 6 15:21:58 UTC 2016

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Dear all,

Applications are invited for two fully funded Post-Doc positions at the Intelligent Robots and Systems group of Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal. 

Each position will be assigned, according to candidate’s preference, to one of the following topics:
(1) "Networked Robot Systems for Social Interaction": R&D on integration of different technologies (off-the-shelf and developed by the group) - including navigation, cooperative perception, people following, symbiotic interaction, coordinated plan execution - for robots deployed in human-populated environments (e.g., homes, hospitals), so as to interact with the humans in education, entertainment and support to daily activities. A close involvement with the SocRob at Home team (http://socrob_at_home.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt), with regular participation in the RoboCup at Home competitions is expected.

(2) "Planning Under Uncertainty": R&D on the development of novel approaches combining state representation under uncertainty (e.g., using probabilistic logic) and decision-theoretic sequential decision-making (e.g., POMDPs, RL),  so as to enable handling large-state and observation spaces by reducing their high dimensional space to low dimensional representations adequate to inference and decision making.

These positions will be supervised by Prof. Pedro U. Lima and Prof. Rodrigo Ventura, both faculty at IST and senior researchers at the Intelligent Robots and Systems group of ISR (http://welcome.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/projects_cat/irsg/).

About ISR-Lisbon (http://www.isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt)
The research will be conducted at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR-Lisboa), home to more than 40 PhDs and part of the LARSyS (Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems - http://www.larsys.pt). ISR-Lisboa is engaged in a new generation of research challenges pushing the frontiers of knowledge, while offering world-class doctoral training with top universities (e.g. dual/joint degrees with MIT, EPFL, CMU) and fueling the collaboration with industry. ISR-Lisboa develops state-of- the-art engineering solutions and projects with a clear societal impact, and has a long track record of participation in EU and other international projects. ISR-Lisboa hosts 5 groups working in Robotics and Information Processing, Systems and Control Theory, Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Optimization, Intelligent Systems and Biomedical Engineering. The working language is English.

About Lisbon
Lisbon is one of the oldest and most charming european capitals, enjoying a multi-cultural and vibrant life-style.  Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours - highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty. Its rich history and culture, the sunny climate and the proximity to the ocean and sandy beaches, makes Lisbon a unique place to work and live.

Requirements: PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science or affine areas, with solid knowledge in Robotics and/or Artificial Intelligence

	Deadline: 21-06-2016
	Duration: 12 months (full time)
	Starting date:  as soon as possible. 
	Place: ISR-Lisboa - Instituto Superior Tecnico, Alameda campus, Lisbon, Portugal

To request further information and to apply, send an email to asantos (at) isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt as soon as possible. The application should include the following items:
- Form B1 - Application for Research Grant (http://www.ist-id.pt); Ref: BPD - Proj RD0461
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Academic degree certificate;
- Letter of motivation / statement of purpose in English: with explicit indication of preferred profile(s);
- Minimum of 2 reference letters.

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Rodrigo Ventura
Institute for Systems and Robotics
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisbon, Portugal

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