[robocup-athome] [jobs] Postdoc position in Robotics and AI at Orebro University

Alessandro Saffiotti asaffio at aass.oru.se
Wed Jan 11 14:39:37 UTC 2017

  Orebro University, Sweden, seeks a postdoctoral researcher with
  experience in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to work in a
  European project on culturally aware assistive robots.

  Application deadline: January 31, 2017
  Expected starting date: March 1, 2017

Task Description

We seek a postdoctoral researcher who will work at the AASS research
center of Orebro University, in the context of the EU project CARESSES.  
The CARESSES project aims to make assistive robots that are culturally
aware, meaning that they adapt to the culture of their assistee.  The
researcher will develop methods for making the actions and behaviors of
the robots consonant to a given cultural profile, and will implement
those methods on real assistive robots.  The researcher will also work
in close collaboration with other partners within the project.  This
includes taking part in extensive user evaluation campains involving
elderly volunteers living in assistive residences in the UK.

In order to perform the above tasks, applicants are expected to have a
strong background in Artificial Intelligence as well as good programming
skills.  The appointed researcher must be able to successfully work in a
large international team, and to cope with project committments and
deadlines.  The appointed researcher must also be willing and available
to travel within and ouside the EU, and to spend extensive periods of
time in the UK during the evaluation campains.  A proven record of
working with robots is a plus, as well as previous experience in
human-robot interaction, in user-centered design, and in user-based
evaluation of welfare technologies.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

To qualify for this position appplicants must hold a doctoral degree in
Computer Science or related subjects.  The degree must have been awarded
at most three years before the application deadline. Candidates who
obtained a degree earlier may be considered if there are specific
reasons like illness, parental leave, or other similar circumstances.

Applicants should show that that they have the competences needed to
perform this project as well as the ability to work collaboratively in a
scientific environment.  Proficiency in spoken and written English is
necessary.  Special importance will be given to the following additional

- The applicant should show evidence of scientific excellence, e.g.,
  impact of conducted research both before and after the obtainment of
  the PhD degree;

- The applicant should show the ability to work within collaborative
  international projects, e.g., experience in previous EU projects.


The position is a full-time position for a bounded term of two years.  
The salary depends on the successful candidate's qualifications and
experience.  Our ambition is to create a place of work that is
characterised by gender equality and diversity.

Applications must be sent through the Orebro University website here:


Applications must include:

* Covering letter
* CV
* An account of research qualifications
* Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references
* Copies of scientific publications (maximum of 10)

The application deadline is January 31, 2017, strict.

Inquiries: Prof Alessandro Saffiotti <asaffio at aass.oru.se>

About the Host Institution

Orebro University (www.oru.se) is a modern university which currently
enrolls more than 15,000 students.  It is located in Orebro, a city of
130,000 inhabitants situated in central Sweden.

The Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS, aass.oru.se)
is one of the Strong Research Environments at Orebro University.  It
carries out multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of
robotics and artificial intelligence.  The research and human
environment at AASS is young and enthusiastic. Researchers come from a
dozen different countries and have different scientific and cultural
backgrounds.  AASS frequently hosts international researchers and is
involved in many national and international projects, both in
fundamental and applied research.

AASS is internationally renowned for its research in mobile robotics,
cognitive robotic systems, robot ecologies, assistive technologies,
and artificial olfaction.  The work will be carried out at the
Cognitive Robotic Systems laboratory of AASS.


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