Postdoctoral position in machine learning for robotics and human-robot-collaboration

Postdoctoral position in machine learning for robotics and human-robot-collaboration

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28 Oct 22 Nov Maastricht

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The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to work on machine learning, control, and human-robot collaboration for precise robotic manipulation of insects. Directions of research include deep-learning and learning from demonstration for precise hand-eye coordination and safe context-aware object manipulation in joint human-robot operational spaces as well as human-robot collaboration through physical human-robot interaction and augmented reality.

Job description

The project is funded by the EU H2020 grant “Cognitive Robotic System for Digitalized and Networked (Automated) Insect Farms (CoRoSect)”. The successful candidate will be embedded in the DKE research group for Cognitive Robotics, Intelligent Interaction and Complex Self-Organizing Systems (

The full-time position is offered for a duration of three years, with yearly evaluations.

The successful candidate will:

1.    Support the group’s R&D activities in artificial intelligence, robotics and human-robot collaboration.

2.    Support day-to-day project-related activities, onsite (depending on COVID-19 restrictions) and online meetings, as well as the preparation of reports and presentations.

3.    (Co-)author scientific, peer-reviewed papers, submitted to top conferences and journals in the field of robotics, human-machine interaction, and artificial intelligence.

4.    Provide support and/or manage funding acquisition activities and proposal writing (national and international, e.g. Horizon Europe)



Maastricht University (UM)


1. A PhD degree (already completed or to be completed shortly) in artificial intelligence, machine learning or a closely related field.

2. Team spirit.

3. Solid interest in latest advances in AI especially in the field of Deep Learning, with proven experience (e.g. through publications, projects, etc.) and willingness to publish in top venues in the field, in collaboration with the rest of the team. 

4. Excellent programming skills, ideally in Python and C++.

5. Excellent English language skills.

6. Very good presentation, communication and organization skills. The position requires the candidate to communicate professionally with outstanding industrial partners.

7. Mobility. The position requires the candidate to join our team in field studies within several European countries.

8. Interest in grant proposal preparation and coordination.

Conditions of employment

The intended starting date of this position is January 1, 2021.

The salary will be set in scale 10 (between € 2.790 and € 4.402 gross per month) depending on education and relevant work experience. On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. Non-Dutch applicants could be eligible for a favorable tax treatment (30% rule).



Maastricht University (UM) has around 18,000 students and 4,400 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. UM is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. UM placed #6 in Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young Universities Ranking 2020, and #127 in THE’s World University Rankings 2020.



The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Founded in 1992, we are a fast-growing department undertaking internationally respected research in the areas of computer science, human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence and applied mathematics. Much of our research takes place at the interfaces of these disciplines. We maintain a large network of industry partners and provide education through one bachelor’s programme and two master’s programmes.

Situated in the heart of Europe and within 30 kilometers from the German and Belgian borders, Maastricht and its 120,000 inhabitants have a strong international character. It is a safe, vibrant city with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The city’s rich past is reflected everywhere in the streets: the ratio of monuments-to-inhabitants is roughly 1:73. If you are unfamiliar with the Netherlands, UM’s Knowledge Centre for International Staff will gladly assist you with practical matters such as housing.

Our new colleague(s) will be joining a tight-knit department consisting of ~50 principal investigators, postdocs and PhD students, >750 BSc and MSc students and a team of 16 dedicated support staff members. Together, we come from over 40 different countries.

STEM research in Maastricht. DKE is embedded in the equally thriving Faculty of Science and Engineering. It’s exciting times for STEM research in the region of Zuid-Limburg, where Maastricht University (UM) is situated. For example, UM recently joined the Einstein Telescope Partnership coalition, which will bring STEM challenges to our doorstep through construction of the ET Pathfinder prototype. Furthermore, Zuid-Limburg is a hub for the high-tech industry. Maastricht University participates in the four regional Brightlands campuses: local tech ecosystems where fundamental and applied research, state-of-the-art facilities, industry partners and students meet. In addition, the university itself offers no shortage of inspiring collaborators through our international network and the five other faculties of UM.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences; Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2790—€4402 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2020.305


Maastricht University (UM)

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