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PhD scholarship within robotic grasping and manipulation – ref.no. 18/02682

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU’s expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

Further information about NMBU is available on www.nmbu.no

PhD scholarship within robotic grasping and manipulation – ref.no. 18/02682

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD-position related to

robotics.

The Faculty of Science and Technology (Realtek) has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and 60 PhD students. The faculty offers bachelor, master, and PhD degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of environmental physics and renewable energy, building and architecture, water and environmental technology, machine, process- and product development, geomatics, and educational sciences. The workplace is in Ås, which is 30 km from Oslo.

The PhD scholarship candidate will work in close cooperation with other students in the Robotics and Control Group and is expected to take active part in the daily activities of the group, including seminars, courses, etc.

Research project

The PhD scholarship is part of the project “Robotised cells to obtain efficient meat production for the Norwegian meat industry (MeaTable)”, funded by the Research Council of Norway, with duration: 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2021.

The fellowship is closely related to the main activities of the robotics group at NMBU. The MeaTable project looks at how robotics technology can be used to assist human operators in slaughter houses. The project will specifically look at how humans and robots (cobots) can work together and grasping techniques for robot manipulators. The candidate will work closely with experts on machine vision and machine learning, and will implement advanced trajectory tracking and grasping strategies based on 3D-point cloud vision. The detection and grasping strategies will be refined using state of the art machine learning techniques.

The faculty has a robotic setup with several different robots that will be made available to the candidate.

 Main tasks

  • Implementation of real-time systems.
  • Trajectory planning and control of robotic manipulators, especially manipulators that work in collaboration with humans.
  • Grasping and manipulation.
  • Grasp planning and grasp refinement using machine learning.
  • Visual servoing for robust grasping.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

  • A relevant Master degree in Robotics, Control, Computer Science or Engineering Cybernetics with an average grade B or better as measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades.
  • Proficiency in robotics and control.
  • Proficiency in mathematical modeling, statistical methods.
  • Hands-on experience from implementing algorithms on real systems.
  • Excellent programming skills

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Experience with ROS and python/C++
  • Machine learning, artificial intelligence.
  • Construction of robots, hands-on experience in building robotic systems.
  • Experience with cobots, HMI, etc

 

Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English
  • Result-oriented and highly motivated
  • High work capacity
  • Ability to collaborate

 

Desired personal skills

Ability to:

  • Establish research networks,
  • Work independently under varying conditions
  • Create a good atmosphere in the research group

 

NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.

 

Remuneration

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20 (salary grade 36-62). PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 51 (NOK 443 900) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

Further information

For further information, please contact professor Pål Johan From

E-mail: pal.johan.from@nmbu.no; phone +47 90690932

Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job‘ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 05.06.2018

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 11.05.2018Please quote reference number 18/02682. 

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

Post expires on Tuesday June 5th, 2018

PhD scholarship within agricultural robotics – ref.no. 18/02674

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU’s expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

 

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

 

Further information about NMBU is available on www.nmbu.no

PhD scholarship within agricultural robotics – ref.no. 18/02674

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3 year PhD–position related to agricultural robotics and navigation.

The Faculty of Science and Technology (Realtek) has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and 60 PhD students. The faculty offers bachelor, master, and PhD degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of environmental physics and renewable energy, building and architecture, water and environmental technology, machine, process- and product development, geomatics, and educational sciences. The workplace is in Ås, which is 30 km from Oslo.

The PhD scholarship candidate will work in close cooperation with other students in the Robotics and Control Group and is expected to take active part in the daily activities of the group, including seminars, courses, etc. 

Research project

The PhD position is part of the project “A novel adaptation strategy for forage production under wet growing conditions – robotization and high quality forages”, funded by the Research Council of Norway, with duration 1 April 2018 – 31 December 2021.

The fellowship is closely related to the main activities of the robotics group at NMBU. The candidate will work on a specific project that aims at developing completely autonomous solutions for forage production (grassland). The technical solution will be based on the Thorvald agricultural robot developed by the group. We will develop tools for cutting grass and collecting it after it has dried up. The main responsibility of the candidate will be to develop a safety system that makes sure the robot can operate in open fields in a way that it avoids obstacles, recognizes dangerous situations, and so on.

The faculty has a robotic setup with several different robots that will be made available to the candidate.

Main tasks

  • Develop navigation for robots that operate in open fields.
  • Develop safety systems, including redundant safety,that ensures the safe operation of the systems.
  • Scheduling and trajectory planning.
  • Integration of tools and implements onto the robotic platform.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period. 

Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

  • A relevant Master degree in Robotics, Control, Computer Science or Engineering Cybernetics with an average grade B or better as measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades.
  • Experience with ROS and python/C++
  • Proficiency in robotic navigation.
  • Proficiency in mathematical modeling, statistical methods.
  • Hands-on experience from implementing algorithms on real systems.
  • Excellent programming skills

Desired Academic qualifications

  • Machine learning, artificial intelligence.
  • Construction of robots, hands-on experience in building robotic systems.

 

Personal skills

Required personal skills

  • Proficiency in both spoken and written English
  • Result-oriented and highly motivated
  • High work capacity
  • Ability to collaborate

 

Desired personal skills

The ability to:

  • Establish research networks,
  • Work independently under varying conditions
  • Create a good atmosphere in the research group

 

NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.

 

Remuneration

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow, wage framework 20 (salary grade 36-62). PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 51 (NOK 443 900) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

Further information

For further information, please contact professor Pål Johan From

E-mail: pal.johan.from@nmbu.no; phone +47 90690932 

Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job‘ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 05.06.2018

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 05.06.2018. Please quote reference number 18/02674.

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included. 

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

Apply for this job

Read the job description at the university homepage

Post expires on Tuesday June 5th, 2018

PhD scholarship within environmental microbiology – Ref.no. 17/06015

Global challenges regarding energy and climate change, the environment, health, food safety, technology and renewable solutions, use and conservation of land and natural resources, and development of the bio-economy, requires greater effort. NMBU is well equipped to conduct further research in these fields. NMBU’s expertise spans entire value chains and includes both basic and applied research.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the University of Life Sciences merged and became –NMBU, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students, and is currently located on two campuses – Ås, about 30 km south of Oslo, and Adamstuen in Oslo. In 2020, the new research- and education-building for veterinary science will be completed and all of NMBU will then be located at Campus Ås.

Further information about NMBU is available on www.nmbu.no

PhD scholarship within environmental microbiology – Ref.no. 17/06015

The Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science (KBM) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3 year PhD–position within environmental microbiology. The successful candidate will be anchored in the NMBU Nitrogen group (https://www.nmbu.no/en/research/groups/nitrogen), which consists of members from the research group Microbial Ecology and Physiology at KBM (https://www.nmbu.no/fakultet/kbm/forskning/forskningsgrupper/environmental-microbiology) and partners at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA).

The KBM faculty is located at Ås Campus, 30 km south of Oslo, and has approximately 130 employees spread over 11 research groups, with focus on microbiology, microbial ecology, fundamental and applied enzymology, enzyme discovery, and bioprocessing technology, The current project entails research collaboration with other groups at KBM, as well as two international partners.

The NMBU Nitrogen group is a mid-sized (20-25 people), dynamic research group spanning two NMBU faculties. We have ongoing collaborations with several strong research groups at universities across the world (Europe, USA, China, New Zealand) and with national and international industries. Our core interest is the nitrogen cycle with particular emphasis on the microbial processes driving the emission of the climate gas N2O. Our research spans studies of pure cultures, complex systems and field trials and our approach combines molecular techniques, robotics/gas measurements and mathematical modelling.

Research project

The project title is “Phenotypic diversification in denitrifying bacteria, mechanisms, prevalence and implications”, short name Dephend. It is financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through the prestigious FRIPRO Young Research Talents program.

 

In this project, we will take a deep dive into the physiology of prokaryotes that reduce nitrate and nitrite to N2 via NO and N2O using a set of four core enzymes. It is important to understand because these organisms are responsible for most of the N2O emission to the atmosphere. Meanwhile, they also carry nature’s only enzyme for reducing N2O to harmless N2. Hence, their regulatory biology effectively controls the emission of N2O to the atmosphere.

We have discovered a phenomenon where genetically identical cells in the same culture “choose” to synthesize different sets of the denitrification enzymes. This is the first time that such bet-hedging has been demonstrated in the regulation of prokaryote respiration. It is important because such bet hedging organisms help to reduce the emission of N2O to the atmopshere: when facing hypoxia, a minority of the population carries NIR+NOR, the N2O source, whereas all carry N2OR, the N2O sink.

We hypothesize that bet-hedging is widespread among denitrifying bacteria, and want to explore this, but also deepen our understanding of the mechanisms involved, using the model strain (Paracoccus denitrificans) in which it was first discovered.

The PhD candidate will work closely with the project leader and other members of the group, with access to state-of-the-art infrastructure for microbiology and molecular biology, and unique incubation robots for monitoring the kinetics of O2 NO, N2O and N2.

Main tasks

As part of the project, the candidate will study the respiratory physiology of denitrifying prokaryotes (mainly bacteria) through:

  • Molecular manipulations of selected strains
  • Gas kinetics and gene expression in model organism(s) and mutants under a range of conditions
  • Fluorescence microscopy and microfluidics
  • Proteomics of denitrifying cultures

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

Academic qualifications

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master’s degree level. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies, and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject (microbiology).

Required Academic qualifications

  • The successful applicant must hold (or expect to complete within August 2018) a master’s degree within a relevant scientific area

Desired Academic qualifications

Candidates experienced in one or more out of the following will be preferred:

  • Molecular techniques
  • Fluorescence microscopy and image analyses
  • Proteomics
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Bioinformatics

 

Personal skills

Desired traits and skills:

  • Curiosity and high motivation for research
  • Accuracy and patience with experimental work
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Analytical skills
  • Interest and ability to collaborate closely with supervisors and partners
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility, robustness and staying power

 

NMBU offers:

  • An optimistic academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and competence.
  • An interdisciplinary and inclusive environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities.
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and skilled colleagues.
  • Various welfare schemes.
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo.
  • Possibility for a place in a private kindergarten

 

Remuneration

The starting salary for PhD fellowships is pay grade 51 (equivalent to annual salary 443 900 NOK) on the Norwegian Government salary scale. Salary increases follow standard meriting regulations.

Employment is governed by national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr. Linda Bergaust

E-mail: linda.bergaust@nmbu.no; phone +47 67232449

Application

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job‘ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 25.05.2018

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 25.05.2018Please quote reference number 17/06015

If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

 

A compulsory contribution of 2 % is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background. The workplace will if necessary be facilitated for persons with disabilities.

 

According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 the list of applicants for this position may be made public irrespective of whether the applicant has requested that his/her name be withheld.

Read the job description at the university homepage

ABOUT THIS JOB

  • Deadline
    Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Employer
    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Website
  • Municipality
    Ås
  • Jobbnorge ID
    146414
  • Internal ID
    17/06015
  • Scope
    Fulltime
  • Duration
    Fixed Term

Post expires on Friday May 25th, 2018