Katholieke University Leuven in Belgium is inviting applications for the PhD Position on Robot Programming by Demonstration in 2019.

For a first PhD position, the goal is to develop automatic learning techniques to derive robot skill parameters and sequences of subtasks. For example, when performing assembly tasks, a number of parameters related to interaction force/torque thresholds must be determined, and it would overload the operator to require him to specify all these values manually for each variation in the task.

You will be part of the Robotics Research Group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Production Engineering, Machine Design, and Automation (PMA). The group has pioneered robotics research in Europe since the mid-1970s and was among the first to develop active force feedback for assembly operations.

Worth of Award

The successful candidate for PhD Position on Robot Programming will receive:

  • A fully-funded doctoral scholarship for one year, renewable up to four years
  • Multiple benefits (health insurance, access to university infrastructure and sports facilities, etc.)
  • The opportunity to participate in research collaborations and international conferences


The selected candidate is furthermore expected to:

  • Have a very good knowledge of English (spoken and written)
  • Be able to work independently, accurately and methodically
  • Be a team player
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences
  • Publish research findings in international journals

How to Apply

Please use the online application tool to submit your application and include:

  • An academic CV with photo
  • A pdf of your diplomas and transcript of course work and grades
  • Statement of research interests and career goals (max. 2 pages)
  • Sample of technical writing (publication or thesis)
  • Contact details of at least two referees
  • For more information, send an e-mail to [email protected]

Note: the position might be filled in earlier if an excellent candidate is found.


Deadline: Application for PhD Position on Robot Programming  closes Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply

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