PhD's on (multi) robot control, perception and human-robot interaction

PhD's on (multi) robot control, perception and human-robot interaction

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16 Mar 30 Apr Eindhoven

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The Robotics Group of the Control Systems Technology section (CST; website) of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e; website) is looking for multiple PhD students to strengthen its research on (multi) robot control, perception and human-robot interaction.

Job description

The CST-Robotics group is involved in several projects at national and international level and has ongoing collaborations with leading robotics companies. Example projects relate to advanced control of medical manipulators, mobile robots' collaborative perception and mapping (world modelling), multi-robot control and human-robot interaction mediated by virtual/mixed reality.

Based on a candidate's profile and ambitions, we will find the best project's match.

We are looking for highly motivated students with a diversity of interests and excellent communication skills which are intrigued by developing theoretical results that can be demonstrated in practice.

The ideal candidates are also willing to actively engage with our partners to discuss results and identify exciting research directions.

We offer state-of-the-art lab equipment with more than ten heterogenous mobile robots, a large arena for lab testing, VR equipment, multiple manipulators and several motion capture systems.

Important values within the CST-Robotics group are creativity, teamwork and empathy. The group is the home of Tech United Eindhoven, current world champion in RoboCup MSL robot soccer and the @Home competition for domestic service robots. Prior experience with the RoboCup competition or similar activities is considered a plus.

The Control Systems Technology section as part of the department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) has an internationally recognized reputation in mechatronics, precision motion control and robotics. CST targets areas in Precision Machines, Robotics, Biomedical and Automotive engineering by designing performance based controllers, intelligent machine and algorithm designs. CST has a track record of over twenty years in bringing state-of-the-art systems and control theory into new designs and high-tech applications.

The CST group has a track record in European projects. It was coordinator of the FP7 - ROBOEARTH project, is and has been participating in H2020 projects EUREYECASE, ROPOD, AUTOPILOT and more recently SAFE-UP and many more European and nationally funded projects (INTEREG, OPZUID, FAST).

The model-based, multidisciplinary-oriented approach has proven to be highly valuable in the field of robotics. The CST group is led by Prof. M. Steinbuch and has produced 5 start-ups in the past 10 years (Preceyes, MicroSure, Eindhoven Medical Robotics, Smart Robotics and RUVU).


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline
  • A research-oriented and proactive attitude.
  • Good programming skills in C/C++, Python and/or Matlab/Simulink
  • Excellent modelling skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Proactive and entrepreneurial mind-set, getting things done mentality.
  • Active former membership of student teams participating in competitions such as RoboCup are considered as a big plus.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 27 (min. €2,541 max. €3,247).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V35.6466


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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