PhD Position in Robotics at Maastricht University

Maastricht University is offering PhD fellowship in robotics. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applications will be accepted at any time until the position is filled.

The Departments of Knowledge Engineering (DKE) and Cognitive Neuroscience (CN) at Maastricht University (UM), the Netherlands, invite applications for a full-time PhD position in the areas of Modular Robotics and Advanced Brain-Robot Interfaces.

The position is affiliated with the Swarmlab robotics laboratory of DKE ( and is part of a joint DKE-CN excellence project in Advanced Brain-Robot Interfaces. We offer you a stimulating scientific environment with excellent facilities for professional and personal development.

The full-time position is offered for four years (1 +, with yearly evaluations. The salary will be set in PHD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (€ 2083, - gross per month in first year to € 2664, - last year). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply.

Application Requirements
- An excellent master degree (already completed or shortly before completion) in robotics, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, or a closely related field.
- Pre-knowledge and practical experience in the design of mechanical hardware, integration of electronics, control of robotic systems and good programming skills (C and C++) is a must.
- We are looking for a candidate with experience in designing, assembling, and controlling custom robots.
- Pre-knowledge in modular robotics, swarm robotics and control of distributed systems is considered a plus.
- We are looking for a new colleague with fluent English language skills, profound research skills, enthusiasm, team spirit, and ambition.

How to apply?
Applicants are asked via Academic Transfer or to send their application - curriculum vitae, electronic copy of master thesis (if already completed), list of taken courses (including short descriptions), list of publications (if available), and the name of a scientist who can provide a recommendation - to (preferably in a single PDF document). Ideally provide links to your previous student projects. Please mention "application – PhD in modular robotics" in the subject line of the application mail.

Please see "” for further details on the application. Applications received by February 28, 2015 will receive full consideration. Screening of applications will begin afterwards. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants may be called in for an interview. It is intended to fill this position as soon as possible.

Informal inquiries concerning this position can be directed to Prof. Gerhard Weiss, Dept.. Knowledge Engineering, Dr. Rico Mockel, Dept.. Knowledge Engineering,.

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