Post-doctoral Position in Deep Reinforcement Learning for Robotics

Aalto University

To operate in environments built for humans, future robots need to possess human-like capabilities in areas such as perception, manipulation, and reasoning. Intelligent Robotics group at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering works actively to develop intelligent robotic systems and robotic vision with a particular emphasis on methods and systems that cope with imperfect knowledge and uncertain senses. The research environment provides excellent opportunities for open-minded co-operation with the highly motivated research staff as well as with top international partners. The group is very international and the working language is English. 

We are seeking excellent candidates on post-doctoral level to help us study how deep reinforcement learning can be used with physical agents such as robots, in particular, how to bridge the gap between simulation and real world. Successful candidates will work in a consortium project Deep Reinforcement Learning for Physical Agents recently awarded to us by Academy of Finland. The project will run until end of 2019. The project will provide excellent opportunities for collaboration and access to state-of-the art platforms including KUKA LWR 4+ and Care-O-Bot 4. 

Post-doctoral position in Deep Reinforcement Learning for Robotics 

A candidate 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, Computer Vision, Control Engineering, Mathematics, and other related areas. A strong publication record and experience in real robotic systems are considered advantages. Candidates are expected to be experienced in programming. Candidates should also be fluent in spoken and written English.  

The position is available immediately. The position is fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension up to the end of the project. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University.  Employment includes occupational health. 

How to apply
To apply, send the documents indicated below (in English, complied in a single PDF) with reference “Post-doc position” using the on-line recruitment system at:, no later than December 15, 2017. 

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. an electronic copy of Ph.D. Thesis (if available);
  7. electronic copies of 1-2 most relevant publications.           

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open or to extend the application period. 

Additional Information
For additional information, please contact please contact Ville Kyrki by e-mail or tel. +35850 4082035 or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen,

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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