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Postdoctoral Position in Robot Learning and Planning for Mobile Manipulation
Aalto University

Date Posted May 6, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Position in Robot Learning and Planning for Mobile Manipulation
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T410 Dept. Electrical Engineering and Automation
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Robotics
The Aalto Robot Learning research group operates in the intersection of artificial intelligence and robotics. We focus on developing methods for reinforcement learning, robotic manipulation, decision making under partial observability, imitation learning, and decision making in multi-agent systems. The goal of the research group is to help robots understand what they need to learn to perform their assigned tasks, and, thus, make robots capable of operating on their own and pro-actively help humans. To accomplish these goals the research group develops novel decision making methods and uses these methods to solve unsolved robotic tasks. For more information, please see

The Robot Learning research group is seeking a talented Postdoctoral researcher with strong interest in Mobile Manipulation, Planning, and Robot Learning.

The main task of the postdoctoral researcher will be to develop methods for mobile manipulation and utilize them on real robots such as our Boston Dynamics Spot robot with a Spot arm. The developed methods may be based on one of our focus areas including, but not limited to, reinforcement learning, planning under uncertainty, or imitation learning. The goal is to allow robots to operate in unstructured partially observable real-world environments such as those found in construction where the environment changes and is not fully observable. The exact direction of the research is chosen depending on your experience and interests. Please relate clearly to some of the research topics in your Letter of Motivation.

Outstanding researchers from the areas of Machine Learning, AI, and Robotics and related areas including Reinforcement Learning, Control Engineering, Computer Vision, Statistics & Optimization, or Mathematics & Physics are welcome to apply. The candidate is expected to conduct independent research and at the same time contribute to the topics listed above. Successful candidates will be furthermore given the opportunity to work with undergraduate, M.Sc. and PhD students.

The research group collaborates with research groups in computer vision, robotics, construction, mobile heavy machines, human-robot interaction, reinforcement learning, imitation learning, multi-agent systems, under-water vehicles, and robot motion planning. Moreover, two of the PhD students in the research group are located at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems institute at TU Darmstadt, Germany, so there will be ample opportunities for international collaboration.

We offer
The position will be filled for a period of 2 years with a possibility to extend it by mutual agreement. The starting date is in July 2022 or as mutually agreed. The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. A typical starting salary for a postdoctoral researcher is approximately 3700 EUR/month.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus which can be easily reached by public transport.

How to apply
Please submit your application through our online recruitment system using the “Apply now!” link below. The closing date for applications is May 22, 2022. Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Please attach only the following documents to your application:
  • A letter of motivation and description of your research interests (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (including the contact details of two referees)
  • A list of publications as a part of the curriculum vitae
  • PDF copy of your doctoral degree certificate (if already available), MSc and BSc degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish and Swedish certificates are also accepted)

Please note that our recruitment system allows max 5 attachments, so please combine the copies of certificates and transcripts in one PDF, if necessary.

Additional information
For further information, please contact Assistant Professor Joni Pajarinen, Additional information in recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Camilla Hanganpää,

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Electrical Engineering promotes high-quality science, technology and innovations for the benefit of the Finnish society and all of humankind. In our research environment, the natural sciences, engineering and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and promote well-being. With our research, we seek to respond to many challenges posed by sustainable development and the results are applied, for example, in mobile devices, electrical networks, health care and in satellites. The school’s special strength is linking the research with the Finnish and international business sector. We have around 2000 students in total, and around 250 master’s and 50 doctoral degrees annually. Our personnel consists of 700 people with over 70 professors.

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