ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversidad de Sevilla
RESEARCH FIELDEngineering › Aerospace engineeringEngineering › Computer engineeringEngineering › Control engineeringEngineering › Electrical engineeringEngineering › Electronic engineeringEngineering › Mechanical engineering
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/03/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONSpain › Sevilla
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER953454
The GRVC Robotics Lab of the University of Seville is seeking a highly motivated PhD student to study and develop an innovative aerial robotic system, which embeds soft-robotics technology for its use in multiple environments and tasks, and can work in cooperation with humans.
This position is one out of 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) positions offered within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “AErial RObotic TRAINing for the next generation of European infrastructure and asset maintenance technologies” (AERO-TRAIN, www.aerotrain-etn.eu).
The GRVC Robotics Lab of the University of Seville (grvc.us.es) is led by Prof. Anibal Ollero and has more than 75 researchers and engineers. GRVC has an internationally recognized expertise in aerial robotics and plays a leading role in aerial manipulation, with involvement in 12 projects (including 4 European H2020 projects) and contracts in 2019 on aerial robotics for inspection and maintenance, and two new H2020 projects that started in 2020: AERIAL-CORE (aerial-core.eu), coordinated by the GRVC, and PILOTING (piloting-project.eu).
The AERO-TRAIN project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project carried out by a consortium of 14 academic and industrial organizations from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. AERO-TRAIN aims to close the gap between the Infrastructure Operations & Maintenance industry and aerial robotics, with the ambition to keep the assets operational and safe. The project addresses the fundamental challenges of human-machine interface (e.g., immersive technology, augmented reality) and of precise and robust aerial manipulation for enhanced remote manipulation and inspection evaluation.
[ESR6] Soft aerial robots physically interacting with humans and objects in the environment
The project focuses on the the development of an innovative aerial robotic system, which embeds soft-robotics technology for its use in multiple environments and tasks. It has been widely demonstrated that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has large benefits in many applications, due to their capability of accessing locations which are usually dangerous for human operators. Nowadays, much of the research done in this area has been focused on the automation of applications using UAVs neglecting human interaction. However, it has been recently highlighted that these systems can be more efficient if they work in cooperation with human beings. However, aerial vehicles might possess an inherent risk as their propulsion system can harm the operators.
Particularly, in intelligent transportations tasks (such as humanitarian aid), UAVs are promising. However, last-mile delivery usually implies the interaction with a person, which, as previously mentioned, might be at risk. For this reason, embedding soft-robotics technologies in these platforms will make them perfectly suitable to human-robot interaction making them not only faster and efficient, but also compliant and safe.
The efforts will be focused on validating an UAV prototype that includes soft robotics technologies for allowing secure and safe co-working operations in a controlled environment. This project aims to enhance the compatibility of this systems in environments shared with human operators performing a revolutionary change in the paradigm of aerial robotics. The use of this family of materials will transform the aerospace sector for aerial robots.
The PhD project will be hosted at the GRVC Robotics Lab in the Engineering School of the University of Seville, and the doctoral student will be supervised by Prof. Begoña Arrue and Prof. Anibal Ollero. The research will have access at GRVC Robotics Lab to all the equipment necessary to perform the sought investigation, including robots, sensors, labs and indoor/outdoor facilities. Besides working on their project, the successful candidate will participate in network-wide training events like summer schools and retreats. Moreover, the PhD student will conduct secondments at other network partners.
The successful candidate will receive an employment full time contract and a competitive gross salary. The expected start date for the position is May-September 2021.
The ESR applicants should have:
- An outstanding academic record, excellent skills and possibly proven experience in the field of aerial robotics. Experience in the fields of aerial manipulation, perception and soft-materials is beneficial.
- Excellent methodological skills and an analytical mindset, ability to work both independently and as a member of a research team.
- Outstanding command of the English language, both spoken and written.
- High motivation, ambition and enthusiasm about research in physical manipulation with aerial robots.
- Excitement about working and collaborating with a diverse team of robotics researchers and engineers.
- At the time of their recruitment, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the master's degree, or an equivalent degree.
- Applicants can be of any nationality. However, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment. Short stays, such as holidays are not taken into account.
- Applicants must have a university degree that qualifies for PhD studies at the time of recruitment (Master or equivalent). Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their Master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. That means that applicants are eligible if they are expected to graduate no later than September 2021.
All interested applicants meeting the eligibility requirements, irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
University of Seville
Founded in 1.505, the University of Seville is the third largest in Spain in terms of number of students (over 70.000), and the first in Andalusia. At the center of gravity of the city’s social and cultural life, the university owns an extensive historic-artistic collection amounting to thousands of pieces. Today, the University of Seville is well known for its vital research in Technology and Science, which not only aids the development of science as a whole but enriches and develops the culture of Seville and Andalusia. Seville, capital city of Andalusia, located in the South of Spain, has some 800.000 inhabitants. The city is known worldwide for its security, its nice weather (warm winters and hot summers, which gets people active outdoors), its warm and festive atmosphere, its kind people, a reasonable cost of living, as well as its traditions and village festivals. Seville is, additionally, a multicultural, open and welcoming city, where many cultures have existed together in the past and still do this day. All of this makes Seville an ideal city to study in. For more information on the university and living in Seville please visit:
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
- An up-to-date CV.
- A cover letter describing your motivation for applying for the position and the relation to your prior experience.
- A project proposal for the position (max 2 pages). Proposals can include a research statement, a short plan related to the position, a plan for publications and research risk management.
- A list of Degrees and grade transcripts.
The position for which you are applying is part of a call for 15 candidates within the AERO-TRAIN project. If you have applied or are planning to apply for any of the other positions, please provide a statement containing all the positions you applied for and rank them according to your preferences.
- A list of scientific and technical publications, awards and certifications that are relevant for the vacancy.
- Up to 3 relevant publications in related scientific fields.
- Up to 3 reference letters.
Candidates will be selected based on their merits in the fields related to the ESR area of expertise. The board of the network will evaluate all applications, and the top-ranked candidates will be invited for interviews. Note that your data will be made available to the AERO-TRAIN partners for the purpose of conducting the assessment of all candidates.
Applications including all the requested documents must be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying at the beginning of the subject “[ESR6] …”. The application and all the accompanying documents (or official transcripts) must be written in English and attached or linked in pdf format.
Closing date: Applications must be submitted before March 15, 2021. Applications via postal services will not be considered.
After the closing date, the institution will make a first analysis to determine that the candidates meet the eligibility criteria of the call. The institution will publish within a maximum period of 15 working days of the closing date the list of candidates admitted in the selection process. Non-eligible candidates can claim objections to the preselection process during the 3 next working days after the announcement of the list. Final list of the admitted candidates will be announced within a maximum period of 10 working days. The lists will be published in the official webpage https://investigacion.us.es/investigacion/contratos-personal and in this Euraxess announcement.
For further information please contact Prof. Begoña Arrue at email@example.com.
EURAXESS offer ID: 604638
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