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"Play" with Care-O-bot? Marie Curie positions in mechanical design and image processing

Dear colleagues,

for the SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society, project, we are searching for two outstanding, highly motivated and ambitious post graduates to join our team in the areas of

The SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society, project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) with the primary aim to train a new generation of researchers on various aspects of interactive social robotics aiming at eldercare. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user studies, and robot ethics. The Early-Stage Research (ESR) fellows will gain experience from an inter-sectoral programme involving universities, research institutes, large and SME companies from public and private sectors. They will be trained with both academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career in both academy and industry. Specifically, they will be supported to work towards their PhD which will be awarded by Fraunhofer IPA in cooperation with Stuttgart University.

Important requirements: Early-stage researchers shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation (Germany) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. The contract will be awarded for three years with a predicted starting date in April 2017 or as soon as the position can be filled.

Fraunhofer IPA, located in Stuttgart/Germany, is a leading center for applied research in industrial robot automation and service robotics in one of the most innovative industrial centers world-wide (e.g. automotive industries, machinery and automation equipment suppliers). You will be hosted at the department “Robot and Assistive Systems” ( The robotic home assistant Care-O-bot ( and production assistant rob@work ( are some of its prominent developments and serve as technology and application platforms for advanced service robotics research.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Therefore, we actively work on transferring technologies and applications developed on Care-O-bot to new products and solutions: from production and logistics to public environments, care facilities and private homes.

Fraunhofer is regarded as one of the most attractive employers in Germany, see

For a full list of job openings in service robotics see

Looking forward to receiving your application, best wishes, Birgit Graf

Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Inf. Birgit GRAF, Fraunhofer IPA
Group Manager Domestic and Personal Robotics
Department Robot and Assistive Systems
Nobelstrasse 12, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)
Phone +49(0)711-970-1910, Fax +49(0)711-970-1008
Skype: birgit.graf

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