1 PhD Position – October 1st 2021, DFG-Train-Project

1 position for a fully employed University Assistant at the Chair of Cyber-Physical-Systems on the Department of Product Engineering starting at 1st of October in an initial 1-year term of employment with the option of extension by another three years. Salary Group B1 to Uni-KV, monthly minimum charge excl. SZ.: € 2.971,50 for 40 hours per week (14 times a year), actual classification takes place according to accountable activity-specific previous experience.

Job Description

Within the research project TRAIN we are looking for a highly motivated student with experience in one of the fields robotics, reinforcement learning, machine learning or computational neuroscience.
The student will investigate novel transfer learning strategies of robot manipulation tasks that can be learned from human demonstrations and corrections. The methods include probabilistic deep learning, stochastic neural networks and probabilisitic inference approaches. The target evaluation plattform is a compliant robot arm FRANKA EMIKA equipped with a five finger hand.

The position provides the possibility of gaining a PhD degree.

What we offer

The opportunity to work on research ideas of exciting modern topics in artificial intelligence and robotics, to develop your own ideas, to be part of a young and newly formed team, to go on international research trips, and to receive targeted career guidance for a successful scientific career.


Completed master’s degree in computer science, physics, telematics, statistics, mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanics, robotics or an equivalent education in the sense of the desired qualification. Willingness and ability for scientific work in research including publications with the possibility to write a dissertation.

Desired additional qualifications

Programming experience in one of the languages C, C++, C#, JAVA, Matlab, Python or similar is beneficial. Experience with Linux or ROS is advantageous. Good English skills and willingness to travel for research and to give technical presentations.

Application & Materials

A complete application includes a (1) detailed curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of motivation, (3) two letters of recommendation, (4) the master’s thesis as PDF file or link, (5) all relevant certificates of prior education for bachelor’s and master’s studies, (6) name, email and phone number of two additional references to contact, (7) previous publications as PDFs or links (e.g. from M.Sc. studies) are not required but will be considered in favor of the candidate.

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled.

Online Application via: Details to the application process will be published soon.

The Montanuniversitaet Leoben intends to increase the number of women on its faculty and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.

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