Research Associate in mechatronic systems design and control for a space manufacturing system
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security Reliability and Trust SnT University of Luxembourg

Research Associate in mechatronic systems design and control for a space manufacturing system

Luxembourg 18 Feb 2021


Interdisciplinary Centre for Security Reliability and Trust SnT University of Luxembourg
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About the SnT

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

Your Role

The successful candidate will join a young, strong and motivated SpaceR research group focused on increasing the autonomy of aerial, planetary and orbital robotics for on-earth applications, space exploration, on-orbit servicing and manufacturing and space resource utilization. This innovative research group is lead by Prof. Miguel Olivares-Mendez.

She/He will contribute to an ESA project in the Mechatronic design, development and control of a robotic puller system for an space manufacturing system. The candidate is demanded to perform the following tasks:

  • Mechanical and electrical design of a robotic fine manipulation system for pulling Spacefiber.

  • Sensor selection (force, position, and temperature), data processing and control for the robotic fine manipulation system.

  • Design automation strategies for the Robotic Pulling system.

  • Manufacturing of the Robotic Pulling system.

  • Conduct functionality tests using the Zero-G lab facility.

  • Software and hardware integration, verification, and testing.

  • Providing support in setting up and running experiments in the SnT Zero-G Lab facility.

  • Cooperate with other projects and colleagues at SpaceR.

  • Participating in project deliverables

  • Disseminating results through scientific publications and conference presentations

  • Assisting in the organization of relevant workshops and demos

  • Assisting in PhD co-supervision

  • Experience on Micro-gravity and/or vacumm chamber laboratories with be an asset

Your Profile

Qualification: The candidate should possess a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or affine.

  • Have a strong background in robotics, mechanical and electronic designs and development.

  • Strong capabilities with design tools.

  • Strong programming skills in C/C++, Python and ROS;

  • Proved experience working on industrial research and innovation projects and/or working in industry.

  • Proved experience working on ESA, EU or international projects.

  • Enthusiasm for scientific issues and scientific working methods;

  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English.

  • Commitment, team working and a critical mind

Language Skills: Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.

Here’s what awaits you at SnT

  • Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better

  • The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 45 industry partners

  • Be part of a multicultural family. At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Find out more about us!

In Short

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 2 Year

  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week

  • Location: Kirchberg

  • Foreseen starting date: March / April 2021

  • Job Reference: UOL03825

Further Information

Applications, written in English should be submitted online and should include:

  • Full CV, including a list of publications

  • Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses

  • Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words)

  • Contact information for 3 referees

  • All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

About the University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

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