PhD position available with in Easy programming of robotic 3D surface and 3D curve processes

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. & forskning

The SDU Robotic at the Maersk Mc-Moller Institute invites applications for a PhD position with in Easy programming of robotic 3D surface and 3D curve processes. The position is available starting September 1th or as soon as possible thereafter.

For 3D surface and curve processes such as milling, cutting, curve sharpening, painting, glueing, etc., the 3D geometry information of the objects to be handled is today digitally available from CAD/CAM systems. With this as input, it is therefore natural to search for solutions that allow the necessary robot trajectories to be automatically computed.

The trajectory of the tool may be directly extracted from the CAD/CAM system. However, if the execution is to be performed with a collaborative robot that is moved around in production, the forces from the process may lead to deflections of the robot and the location of the robot relative to the workpiece may vary. Both issues require an online automatic adjustment of the trajectory. Moreover, sensorial feedback to the robot for additional compensations may often be necessary.

This PhD project thus require both robotics and sensor technology to derive a method that as input takes the geometry of the workpiece from a CAD/CAM system and automatically produces a solution that takes into account calibration issues, deviations due to process forces and uses real time sensorial feedback to automatically produce the solution trajectory.
The candidate must have

- A solid educational background in robotics and sensor technologies
- Solid educational C++ programming skills and capabilities to handle and use large software components
- Have strong skills in mathematics

Further information is available from Professor Henrik Gordon Pedersen - email:

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
A 4+4 PhD fellowship programme is divided into a 2 years grant period followed by 2 years employment. Enrollment and employment stops automatically by the end of the 4 year period.

Prior to the enrollment as 4+4 PhD student, the student must be enrolled under a master's programme at the faculty and have completed the first year of a master’s study at the faculty. Please see:

PhD students under the 4+4 programme are eligible to receive up to 48 SU grants allocations through SDU in the first two years of enrollment according to the Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme governed by the SU-law. In addition, it may be possible to obtain parallel employment at the university, enabling a 4+4 PhD student to supplement the SU grant. Funding of parental leave and periods of illness during the grants period will be handled in accordance with the Danish SU-law.

After the first two years – after attaining the Master's Degree – the 4+4 student will be employed on similar terms as PhD scholars employed under the three-year programme.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015.

The faculty expects the applicants to have read the information on work and salary conditions before applying.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.Read the guideline for applicants.

An application must include:

  • Completed application form for 4+4 applicants
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter stating your interest, motivation etc. Please attach the motivational letter to "application material" under " Research plan"
  • References
  • Verified copies of bachelor diploma and transcript
  • Verified copies of master’s transcript
  • Calculation of point grade average

Please note the definition of verified:
Verified official transcripts of exams in English or Danish translation and verified copy of bachelor diploma and master’s diploma - All documentation must be officially translated into English. All documents must be verified. Verified means that your home university or a public notary verifies that the copy is a true copy of the original document. Each page of the copy must be stamped with the original stamp of the verifying institution and added the text: “True copy of the original document” and signed with a blue pen.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about the PhD programme at the faculty and SDU can be found at:

The SDU PhD webpages

The faculty PhD website


28 juni 2017 (Application deadline: 28 june 2017)

Ansøg inden 2 dage (28.06.2017)

Ph.d. & forskning
Matematik, Fysik & Nano
Teknik & Teknologi
Forskning & Udvikling
IT - Software

Opslag oprettet d. 14.06.2017, sidst opdateret d. 14.06.2017

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