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H2020 MSCA: German large company looking for researcher with expertise in collaborative robotics, autonomous vehicles, AI

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Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Process automation
Manufacturing/industrial software
Artificial intelligence related software
Process control equipment and systems
Manufacture of motor vehicles
Warehousing and storage
Cargo handling


The Germany-based global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions is looking for a PhD/experienced researcher from outside Germany to develop a joint MSCA IF Society & Enterprise Panel Research proposal for the call 2020. The joint project to be developed together shall be in one of the following fields: collaborative robotics, autonomous vehicles, AI (artificial intelligence).



The researcher must have a profile in one of the following topics:
• Collaborative robotic systems: manipulation and handling of objects, advanced machine-to-human interaction (human-robot, robot-robot), environmental perception/cognition
• Autonomous vehicles/systems: autonomous intelligent navigation and localisation, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, automation technology
• Artificial Intelligence: Image/gesture recognition, smart learning robotic systems (machine intelligence, machine learning), data analysis/analytics and algorithms.

Due to the nature of MSCA IF SE, it is not possible at this stage to give more details on the content of a possible project. This will be done together with the researcher once a matching has taken place. With a large research department, the company is able to accomodate many research ideas in the fields mentioned above and formulated by the researcher, once he/she starts collaborating with the company.

The funding of an MSCA IF SE project is up to 24 months but the eventual duration of the project to be proposed depends on the research idea and the profile of the scientist and is subject to negotation between the researcher and the company.
The role of the researcher will be to implement the research project at and with the company. In line with the MSCA IF SE call, he will be employed by the company for the duration of the project. The use of the IP to be generated and other technology transfer issues will be negotiated between the researcher and the company. Beyond conducting the actual research project, the researcher will also receive training in innovation and business development.

The company is part of a group which is a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The group is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of automation technology.
The group's world-renowned brands are clear industry leaders. The newest addition to the group is a global leader in automated material handling, providing a comprehensive range of intelligent supply chain and automation solutions. Other major brands serve the premium industrial truck
segment. Another group member focuses on industrial trucks in the economy segment. Among the group's regional industrial truck brand companies, there is the largest supplier of material handling products in France and a leading provider of industrial trucks in India. With an installed base of more than 1.4 million industrial trucks and over 6,000 installed systems, the group's customer base includes companies in all industries and of all sizes on six continents. The group has more than 33,000 employees and generated revenue of EUR8 billion in 2017.

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Individual researcher from outside Germany to develop a joint research proposal for the next MSCA call. The researcher would move to Germany for the duration of the project.


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