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PhD position in Robotics and Evolutionary Algorithms

University of Copenhagen is pleased to invite applicants to apply for PhD positions in computer science and robotics. This position is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply before January 26, 2015. 

Robotica E.U. project due to start the 1st of April 2015. The overall aim of the project is to explore the potential of integrating plants and robots. E.g. can a robot exploit the phototaxis of a plant to deploy its solar panels effectively, can a robot support the plant to facilitate growth towards certain goals, can flora-robotica hybrids facilitate a strong interaction with a human user to create aesthetic as well as useful architecture.

The successful candidate will complement an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in bio-inspired robotics, plant physiology, architecture, multi-robot coordination, modular robotics, embodied A.I., mechatronics, and evolutionary algorithms. The successful candidate will support the project by developing middle ware for integrating the sensors and actuators of the system for a Linux capable platform. From this technical starting point the candidate is expected to explore fundamental scientific question related to creating an internet-connected social garden of flora-roboticas.

Benefits
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance 's agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Application Requirements
The successful candidate is expected to hold an education in computer science or similar and the preferred candidate has experience with.
- Interfacing to mechatronics using Linux.
- Control of modular robots, multi-robot coordination, behavior-based control.
- Evolutionary algorithms, neural nets, neuroevolution.
- Crowd-sourcing.
- Embodied artificial intelligence

The following qualifications are required.
- 3-year program: a Master 's degree equivalent to three years of bachelor level studies plus two years of Master level studies.
- 4-year program: a Bachelor degree plus one year of Master level studies.

How to apply?
A competitive application usually includes.
- A cover letter including the name of a suggested advisor at ITU who is linked to the applicant 's field of research;.
- A statement of purpose, which provides evidence of independent thinking, novelty and originality, and a state-of-the-art grasp of the targeted research field matching the project description above.
- Documentation of academic degree (s); grade transcripts that documents outstanding academic achievement;.
- Curriculum Vitae, which must include two professional/academic references;.
- A relevant scientific publication in a recognized, peer-reviewed, such as a major international conference or journal in the potential advisor 's field, or evidence of an excellent research master thesis;.
- A letter of recommendation from a leading international researcher that is professionally known to the potential advisor.

Questions related to the position may be directed to Kasper Sty, ksty@itu.dk/+45 7218 5368 and questions related to the may be directed to the Personnel Section, Kristina Kj-Udsen, kuds@itu.dk.

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