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Assistant Professor D-IAS 2018 - Soft Robotics

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study seeks outstanding candidates to fill five positions at the Assistant Professor level in the research areas of interest for the Institute.

The position is sponsored by, and located at, the University of Southern Denmark and starts in autumn / winter 2018.

The appointment is for four years with the possibility for a subsequent two years of employment as Associate Professor. 

We offer a uniquely ambitious research environment and ample research funding attached to this particular position, and, for the successful candidate, a position where options for tenure will be discussed during a third-year review. Beyond this seed funding and besides being part of an excellent academic environment, D-IAS offers the strongest possible support in applications for further external funding from prestigious national and European funding schemes, e.g., Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC starting grants.

The present positions are in the fields of:

  • Technical Science: Soft Robotics
  • Technical Science: Nano science and technology
  • Humanities: The Social Dimensions of Literature
  • Health Science: Human health and lifespan
  • Health Science: Molecular immunology

The successful candidate will have a strong international profile, a strong record of research publications, and have demonstrated exceptional potential to excel in scientific research.

We expect the applicants to actively engage in the development of the research unit as well as contribute positively to Danish IAS as a whole.

Danish IAS

The Danish IAS at SDU is a research centre that aims to inspire ground-breaking ideas through the meeting of minds across the sciences and humanities. The Danish IAS engages leading academics through its visitor programme, weekly talks, monthly lectures, and quarterly colloquia. There will be a strong focus on talent development of young researchers who work on game-changing ideas. Eminent academics are appointed as chairs, and in that capacity form the backbone of the Danish IAS as they catalyze activities within their field.

More information about Danish IAS activities can be found on our website

For further information please contact Co-Director Francesco Sannino at, Co-Director Thorbjørn Knudsen at or 

Administrative Head of Centre Charlotte Gøbel at

Technical Science: Soft Robotics

For most of its existence robotics has focused on hard, stiff mechanisms to deliver precision and repeatability -- in stark contrast to Nature, where materials of various stiffnesses are deployed in well-adapted bodies the advantages of which are then exploited. 

The study of such soft systems raises many interesting new questions and challenges for robotics especially in the areas of design, control and distributed sensing.

We seek an exceptional colleague to complement our existing work in Embodied AI and Robotics.  The successful candidate will work in a Soft Robotics Centre being established within the SDU Embodied Systems section, collaborating with colleagues working on modelling insect locomotion and manipulation skills, on versatile neural control, composite materials and embedded systems. 
Challenging research proposals on the design, control and/or modelling of soft robotic structures and sensory systems, focusing on the exploitation of the principle of morphological computation, will be particularly welcome.

For further information please contact Professor John Hallam by email:

Application, salary etc.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Research will be predominant in this position.

Application material required:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Certificates/diplomas
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to five of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication
  • Three letters of recommendation from acknowledged international researchers. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Research and publication plan for the next three years

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

D-IAS encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, a job interview may be held during the period of 25-29 June, 2018.

Application deadline (see specific date under each job)

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Read the guideline for applicants.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

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