Postdoc position available for Proactive Human-robot Interaction

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Udlandet (øvrige)

The Embodied AI and Neurorobotics (ENS) Lab (, part of Centre for BioRobotics (CBR) at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute at the University of Southern Denmark, is offering a postdoc position starting from September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, for up to three years.

The postdoc will focus on developing embodied neural mechanisms for multi-sensory integration, proactive robot control, and action sequence learning for proactive human-robot interaction in Welfare domain. The postdoc will also be part of our project Health-CAT: “Health Care Assisting Technology” recently funded by the Interreg program. A part of the project aims to develop high-level (neural) control of a mobile service robot to efficiently assist and interact with people/nurses in hospital environments.

The successful candidates will be expected to have

1) a PhD degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, control system engineering, robotics, computational neuroscience, or a quantitative field.

2) articles published in international peer-reviewed journals documenting experience with neural dynamics, learning and adaptation in neural systems, dynamic neural fields, sensor fusion, multisensory integration, complex signal processing, mobile robot control, sequence learning.

3) strong background on
- multi-sensory integration, machine learning, dynamic neural fields, complex signal processing, hardware implementation, and robotics.

4) good programming skills (e.g., ROS, C, C++, MatLab, Java).

Additionally, the candidate should have excellent writing skills and be able to work independently. The successful candidate for the position will be affiliated to the Embodied AI and Neurorobotics Lab at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, the University of Southern Denmark.

The ENS lab
The successful candidate will be a part of the ENS lab led by Poramate Manoonpong and Jørgen Christian Larsen. The lab aims to address key robotic challenges using morphological and neural computation approaches. The challenges include 1 Locomotion, 2 Manipulation, 3 Navigation, 4 Multisensory integration, 5 Communication, 6 Learning and Memory, 7 Soft-solid hybrid structures, and 8 Intelligent mechanics. We currently involve in several projects including brain-machine interface (Plan4Act), human-robot interaction (SMOOTH, Health-CAT), neural technology for advanced robot motor control (NEUTRON), and dung beetle-inspired versatile robotic system (DLife). We have a range of international collaborations and strong international contacts in Europe, China, Thailand, and Japan. We are also working highly interdisciplinary in our collaborations with researchers from Biology, Biomechanics, and Computational neuroscience, etc. To get more idea of our lab, please visit

Further information is available from Associate Prof. Poramate Manoonpong, email

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
Employment as postdoc is temporary. Level of qualification is a PhD.

If special circumstances exist employment may be extended for one year.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree.

The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015.

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:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be a part of this pdf-file

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

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


30 juli 2017 (Application deadline: 30 july 2017)

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