Post-doctoral positions in Robot Learning, Decision Making, and Control

Aalto University


Post-doctoral positions in Robot Learning, Decision Making, and Control



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Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Teaching and research positions


Future robots need to possess human-like capabilities in areas such as perception, decision making, and reasoning. Intelligent Robotics group at Aalto University’s School of Electrical Engineering works actively to develop intelligent robotic systems with a particular emphasis on methods and systems that cope with imperfect knowledge and uncertain sensors. The research environment provides excellent opportunities for open-minded co-operation with highly motivated research staff as well as with top national and international partners, and access to state-of-the-art robot platforms such as KUKA LWR 4+, Franka Emika Panda, and Care-O-Bot 4. The group is also involved in a university-wide autonomous vehicle initiative. The group is highly international and the working language is English.


We are seeking excellent candidates at post-doctoral level to help us study multiple aspects of learning, decision making, and control. Research topics include safety in reinforcement learning and learning policies for longer-term tasks. Application contexts include robotic manipulation and autonomous vehicles.


Post-doctoral positions


Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Excellent candidates in a final phase of their Ph.D. studies can also be considered. Suitable disciplines include Robotics, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Control Engineering, Mathematics, and other related areas. A strong publication record and experience in real robotic systems are considered a plus. Candidates are expected to be proficient in programming and fluent in spoken and written English.


The positions are available immediately but the start time can be negotiated. The positions are fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension of 1-2 years. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications in accordance to the salary system of Aalto University. Employment includes occupational health care and social security benefits.


To apply for the post-doc positions, send the documents indicated below (in English, compiled in a single PDF) with reference “Post-doc position” using the on-line recruitment system link at Apply now! below, by October 15, 2019.


The required documents are:

1) an application letter describing briefly your background and interests;
2) a Curriculum Vitae (with contact details);
3) names and contact information (email) of at least two references;
4) a list of publications;
5) doctoral degree certificate (if available);
6) a link to electronic copy of Ph.D. Thesis (if available);
7) links to electronic copies of 1-2 most relevant publications.


All applicants will be notified on the decisions.


Additional information

For additional information, please contact Professor Ville Kyrki preferably by e-mail or alternatively by tel. +358 50 4082035. In recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen,


About Aalto University, Helsinki, and Finland


Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11,000 students and more than 400 professors. Aalto University is located in Finland which was named the safest country in the world according to a 2017 report from the World Economic Forum. The University is the foremost university in Finland in Engineering, Design and Business. Less than a 15 minutes metro ride away from center of Helsinki, capital of Finland, Aalto offers access to rich cultural and social life to help maintain healthy work-life balance. If you like to travel, Helsinki is well-connected to the world through a major international airport.


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