2 PhD Students and 2 Postdocs in Control Systems, Robotics and Machine Learning

University of Dubrovnik


We are looking for 2 PhD students and 2 Postdocs to work with us on problems related to control, mapping, detection and classification of marine litter using a team of aerial, surface and underwater robots in the framework of the EU funded projects H2020 SeaClear (https://seaclear-project.eu/ ) and HORIZON SeaClear 2.0 (starting 01.2023).    

The candidate(s) will join LARIAT (Laboratory for intelligent autonomous systems) at University of Dubrovnik (UNIDU), located in Dubrovnik (Croatia) (http://lariat.unidu.hr/). The LARIAT team consists of researchers, PhDs, engineers, and interns working in control systems, robotics and machine learning. The team has access to several aerial and marine robots, motion tracking equipment and field work facilities (e.g., ships, labs, etc.).

The ideal candidate(s) should have an MS or PhD in computer science, control systems, applied mathematics, machine learning or robotics, have excellent coding skills (C++/python/ROS/git) and passion for control and machine learning methods. Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills as well as English proficiency are required.

The successful candidate will:

- Develop novel control and learning algorithms tailored to real-world robotic learning problems,
- Formulate and implement robotic test scenarios on existing robotic platforms;
- Experimentally assess and analyze the performance of algorithms on physical robotic platforms in relation to the state of the art; and
- Participate in research meetings, travel to partner institutions and undertake supplementary research methods training.

Eligibility criteria:

Any candidate fulfilling these Job Announcement requirements is eligible for application, regardless of gender, age, nationality, race or ethnicity.

Our offer to the LARIAT researchers:

The selected candidate will be offered the following:

•             A full-time employment contract in the duration of up to 4 years, i.e., until the project end (December 31, 2026).

•             An an attractive remuneration package, pension scheme, health insurance, and a minimum of 24 working days of an annual vacation.

•             Substantial travel budget for conference attendance and networking.

•             Support for relocation and settling in the City of Dubrovnik.

Application process:

Applicants are invited to submit the following documents:

•             A signed cover letter.

•             Motivation letter (max 2 pages).

•             Curriculum Vitae.

•             Digital copies of up to 5 top-level research publications authored by the candidate that best represent their academic work.

•             Contact details of 2 referees who can be contacted for an opinion on the candidate.

•             Any additional information the candidate finds useful for the evaluation process.

All the above documents in the electronic form compiled to a single file should be sent

to: ivana.palunko@unidu.hr quoting “Postdoc/PhD Application for LARIAT-SeaClear” in the e-mail subject line. The candidate will get a confirmation email of the application submission and feedback on the outcome of the evaluation or the result of the eligibility check. All applications submitted will be considered for evaluation and treated in full confidentiality. The application language is English.

The positions will remain open until filled and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

The start date is as soon as possible, but negotiable. The position duration is up to 4 years, full time.

Work location:

University of Dubrovnik

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Laboratory for Intelligent Autonomous Systems (LARIAT)

Cira Carica 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Further information:

For any further information or request, please do not hesitate to contact us at lariat@unidu.hr with the email subject "SeaClear - YOUR LAST NAME".


Please include in your cover letter the following statement:

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