Assistant professor with expertise in embodied AI and bioinspired robotics at University of Southern Denmark

SDU Biorobotics at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute (MMMI), University of Southern Denmark in Odense seeks to recruit one (or more) assistant professor with expertise in embodied AI and bioinspired robotics.
MMMI is an internationally recognized institute, which has maintained a leading position in robotics for more than three decades. The institute is the origin of robotics research in Denmark and has spawned the world-renowned cluster of robotics in Odense with more than 140 robotics companies, including Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots. Learn more about our institute at
The current research program of SDU Biorobotics at MMMI focuses, inter alia, on bio-inspired and biomimetic robotics, in which Nature's exploitation of unconventional principles is of considerable interest. Concretely, we conduct research in legged locomotion, soft robotics, robot swarms, and bio-inspired control among others.
About the position
We seek an active and ambitious researcher with a passion for educating young engineering students. You will contribute to a vibrant research environment in SDU Biorobotics, where we design, build and program next-generation intelligent bioinspired robots. You will conduct research in the areas of bio-inspired robotics, embodied AI, and/or legged locomotion, lifelong autonomous learning, and give courses in engineering-related disciplines to undergraduate students and to graduate students.
The position will be at the rank of assistant professor and preferably have a starting date of March 1, 2022 or soon thereafter.

We expect

  • You should have a PhD degree within a related area.
  • You should have a solid track record of research in bio-inspired robotics, embodied AI, legged locomotion, machine learning for robotics, or a related area, evidenced by publications in international journals and at international conferences.
  • You should have a strong theoretical background and experimental experience with physical simulation and real robots.
  • You should have good knowledge of programming, ROS, and mechatronics.

Contact information
For further information please contact Professor Anders Lyhne Christensen (email:
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Conditions of employment
Employment as an assistant professor requires scientific qualifications at PhD level and is a 3-year temporary position. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.
The assessment process
Read about the Assessment and selection process. Shortlisting may be used.
Application procedure
The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying.
The application must be in English and must include:
  • Motivational cover letter.
  • A draft of your scientific research objectives indicating expectations for key questions, activities, and outcomes.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD).
  • Information on previous teaching and supervision experience. Please attach as Teaching Portfolio .
  • List of publications and a max. of four selected research articles for consideration by the assessment committee. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication
  • Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.

The application deadline is 31.01.2022.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
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