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2 year full-time postdoc position in impact-aware robot manipulation

2 year full-time postdoc position in impact-aware robot manipulation

Are you fascinated by robotic manipulation and would like to contribute to a step-change in robotic dexterity?
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Mechanical Engineering
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Job description

Are you fascinated by robotic manipulation and would like to contribute to a step-change in robotic dexterity? At the TU/e, we are looking for a passionate and skilled researcher with proven experience in robotic manipulation and perception, willing to join a lively European project consortium focusing on impact-aware manipulation (

Job Description

The I.AM. project is enriching traditional pick-and-place robot technology by developing human-like grab-and-toss capabilities. Driven by real use-case scenarios from the logistic industry, we are developing modeling, learning, planning, perception, and control methods to exploits intentional collisions for manipulation.

The Dynamics and Control Robotics and Perception group of the TU/e is coordinator of the I.AM. project and our role in this project concerns the collection and long-term storage of robot-object-environment impact data, the development of predictive models for post-impact state forecasting, and the foundation and validation of impact-aware robot control. Besides these key activities, the group actively support the physical realization of the three validation scenarios of the project (TOSS, BOX, and GRAB), focusing of having robot tossing objects on conveyor belts, densily stacking objects in tote containers, and swiftly grabbing boxes from a pallet, respectively.

Your task will include:

  • perform top level research, publish, and present your work at national and international gatherings/conferences
  • help coordinating research activities within the I.AM. project, by supporting the coaching of PhD and MSc students
  • support the ongoing hardware/software integration efforts, started 2 years ago, combining Algoryx Dynamics ( and QP robot control (, used within the I.AM. consortium to develop impact-aware modeling, learning, estimation, and control
  • assist in teaching activities (4 hours/week practicals, plus preparation, on standard robot modelign and control; one academic quarter/year)

The research area is that of impact-aware robotics (cf. and therefore it is expected that you have strong interest and relevant experience in specific topics such as

  • control of robots in physical interaction (e.g., impedance control, joint torque control)
  • modeling, control, external-wrench estimation of real robots with flexible joints, in contact (e.g., impedance control, QP robot control, mometum observer) and/or impact scenarios (cf. )
  • data collection and storage of robot-object-environment physical interaction (the following database is being created at the TU/e

Two labs are available for the project purpose: (a) the robotics lab of the TU/e, provided in particular with a 12 cameras Optitrack mocap system, 2 panda arms, and VR HMD and controllers for teleoperation; (b) a joint industry-university Innovation Lab on TU/e campus, provided with an UR10 and 1 Panda robot arms, industrial vacuum grippers, 360Hz 6-camera motion capture system, and an industrial conveyor belt.

Job requirements

  • PhD in robotics (control of robot manipulators in physical interaction with the enviroment) or related domains (systems and control/computer science)
  • Proven experiene with C++ and Python for real-time robot control of robot manipulators
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
  • Be a team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary context.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.

Conditions of employment

  • An exciting job in a top university with possibility to present your work at national/international conferences and local/on-campus events
  • A full-time employment for 2 years
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities. Starting gross monthly salary is € 3408, to be adjusted based on experience. Furthermore, you will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of the year bonus.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Located in the Brainport region, which attracts 40% of all Dutch spending on research and development, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe's leading research universities, and part of the prestigious EuroTech Universities Alliance ( TU/e offers graduate engineering programs and post-graduate technological design, PhD and teacher-training programs. The mission is to educate students to become leading industrial professionals and academic scientists, and to generate and valorize ground breaking scientific knowledge, by building and supporting the industrial activities in the region and far beyond.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Information and application

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
Alessandro Saccon, a.saccon[at], coordinator of the H2020 I.AM. project (  

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact HRServices.gemini[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on the TU/e jobs page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications (please mark the ones you consider the best representative) and the contact information of at least two references.
  • A scientific document in English, written by yourself (e.g., link to your PhD thesis)
  • A piece of software code that you wrote as an example of your coding skills (e.g., link  to your Github/Gitlab page)

Both national and international applications to this advertisement are appreciated. We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. Starting can be as soon as January 2022.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.