Postdoc Hybrid Cognitive Architecture for Deep Understanding

Postdoc Hybrid Cognitive Architecture for Deep Understanding

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1 Aug 28 Aug Delft

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How can robots understand their task and our human values so that we can trust them?

Job description

The CoreSense project is a groundbreaking international and multidisciplinary project that aims at formulating a theory of awareness based on a systemic concept of understanding and implementing it in a reference hybrid cognitive architecture and engineering toolbox for aware autonomous robots. The novel architecture will be validated in the development of three autonomous robot demonstrators with increased capabilities to work without/with limited supervision, and next-generation interaction with humans, with greatly improved intuitive, safe and efficient cognitive, social and physical capabilities, to assist humans. The results will be released in the form of reusable software assets for the ROS ecosystem.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to lead the development of the novel hybrid cognitive architecture for autonomous robots based on deep understanding. You will be collaborating very closely with the project team in Delft and the rest of the partners, especially Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and travelling to Madrid and other partner institutions will be required.


  • Lead the development of the reference hybrid cognitive architecture for robot awareness, based on a novel symbolic approach rooted in category theory.
  • Lead the development of architecture software assets to support the deployment of the cognitive architecture in ROS2 systems
  • Contribute to the cognitive modules for the architecture, such as anticipation, navigation, reconfiguration, explanation, control and diagnosis.

Other tasks include:

  • (Co) authoring scientific articles and project deliverables.
  • Student supervision and teaching.     


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Required qualifications and qualities:

  • PhD in AI, or Robotics, or an adjacent field with a significant background in symbolic methods in AI and/or software engineering and architecture.
  • Interest in cognitive architectures and systems and software engineering.
  • Proven ability to finish projects on time.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken).
  • Ability to work in an open, cooperative, multidisciplinary team.

Desired qualifications and qualities:

  • Interest in at least one of the following: systems theory, cognitive science, philosophy.
  • Experience with practical robotics projects and ROS (for example by controlling a robot arm or a moving robot) or willingness to train during the PhD.
  • Experience with ROS/ROS2, OWL, PDDL, Prolog or LISP
  • Willingness to travel to Madrid, Spain for collaboration.
  • Willingness to attend PhD schools in the project's topics if needed.

Personal development
You will specialize in cognitive architectures and symbolic reasoning, and develop your people and project management skills. You will build a diverse interdisciplinary network that includes roboticists, AI experts, software engineers and system architects. 
You are encouraged to develop your own (current) expertise/interest further within the CoreSense project. 
In collaboration with the project partners, you will receive (additional) ROS (Robot Operating System) training. There are opportunities to guest lecture in existing BA and MSc courses, and you are expected to supervise MSc students and participate in the supervision of PhD students.  

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 24 months.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 3.703 - € 4.670 per month gross). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02671


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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