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Rank-Open Position in Robotic Engineering 900691

The School of Culture and Society and the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University invite applications for an assistant professorship in robotic engineering, or a research assistantship in robotic engineering, both available from 15 May 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. If an assistant professor is appointed, this will be a three-year probationary position, and subject to the availability of funding for tenured appointment thereafter. If a research assistant is appointed,  this will be a three-year position, there will be a possibility to apply for a position as PhD researcher in October 2017. 

The position is associated with the project “Integrative Social Robotics”, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation (Semper Ardens Grant), and will be placed at a new lab for robotics and human-robot interaction research coordinated by the Department of Engineering and the School of Culture and Society.  

Competence profile
The tasks of this position depend on the academic level of the applicant.  Applicants for the assistant professorship should have documented competences in task area 1; applicants with additional documented competences in task areas 2, 3, or 4 will be preferred. 

1. Task area 1: Technical assistance for, and adaptation of, equipment used in empirical research on human-robot interaction (special focus:  Telenoid robot, produced by the ATR/Hiroshi Ishiguro Robotics Laboratory, Japan). 
2. Task area 2: Hardware and software development to alter the physical appearance, kinematic design and interactive capabilities of open source and commercially available robotic platforms.
3. Task area 3: Natural language processing, sentiment analysis, or knowledge representation.
4. Task area 4: Research presentations at reviewed conferences and research publications.

Task areas 1 and 2 require the following competences:

- Experience of building or maintaining multiple servo-motor equipment.
- Ability to design and build simple electric circuits.
- Experience of UNIX-based systems, especially with OpenEmbedded-based Linux.
- Good programming skill in C++ and Python with TCP/UDP networking.
- Knowledge of libav (ffmpeg), Qt or Gtk, and SIP (Python/C++ binding) would be preferred.

Applicants for the research assistantship should have documented competences in Task area 1; applicants with additional documented competences in task area 2 will be preferred. 

Applicants with previous experience of work in highly interdisciplinary teams will be preferred. A high level of proficiency in English is a prerequisite.  

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Johanna Seibt, e-mail filseibt@cas.au.dk.

Applicants should submit:

A. (a) Applicants for the assistant professorship should submit a “statement of competence and research interests” where it is described how the applicant’s present competences will match the requirements of the task areas and how her or his research interests relate to the project context (3 pages). Must be uploaded together with the cover letter as one document.
(b) Applicants for the research assistantship should submit a “statement of competence” where it is described how the applicant’s present competences will match the requirements of the task areas (1 page). Must be uploaded together with the cover letter as one document.
B. A CV, including a list of relevant publications (if applicable) and a teaching portfolio (if applicable).
C. PDFs of up to five relevant publications (if applicable).
D. Documentation of academic degrees and competences:  Applicants for the assistant professorship must document evidence of a PhD degree. Applicants for the research assistantship should provide transcripts of grades and, if available, documentary evidence of their highest academic degree. 

The application must be submitted in English.

For more information about the formal aspects of the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.

Work context
The position will be located in a new human-robot interaction research lab organized in collaboration of the Department of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, at Aarhus University. Depending on the academic level of the applicant, she or he may contribute to the scientific leadership of the lab.  The position is associated with the research project “What Social Robots Can and Should Do—Towards Integrative Social Robotics” (supported by the Carlsberg Foundation) which aims to define and implement a new paradigm for developing social robotics applications: Integrative Social Robotics (ISR).  ISR tightly integrates robotics research with a wide scope of research disciplines that investigate human social interactions, including empirical, conceptual and value-theoretical research in the humanities. To investigate the performance of the new method, the team will design and test several innovative social robotics applications that promote socio-cultural values and norms of personal well-being, such as fairness, authenticity, autonomy and creative self-realisation.  

The successful applicant will be a member of a project team of 25 international researchers from 11 disciplines (philosophy, robotics, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, education, communication, management, cognitive science, computer science and sociology). The project is coordinated by Professor MSO Johanna Seibt at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, and will run from 2016 until 2021. For more information see: 

http://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/en/Forskningsaktiviteter/Forskningsprojekter/Semper-Ardens-forskningsprojekter/Johanna-Seibt_Integrative-Social-Robotics and
www.integrativerobotics.org

Institutional context
The Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University is one of the largest environments for research and education
in Northern Europe. We investigate human cultural and social forms of expression and practice. For more information on the research activities of the School of Culture and Society at AU / Arts, see:
http://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/school-profile/

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23.04.2017
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