Robotics Junior Engineer

Inria
February 18, 2023
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2022-05661 - Robotics Junior Engineer

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Renewable contract : Oui

Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent

Fonction : Temporary scientific engineer

Level of experience : Recently graduated

About the research centre or Inria department

The Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes research center groups together almost 600 people in 22 research teams and 7 research support departments.

Staff is present on three campuses in Grenoble, in close collaboration with other research and higher education institutions (Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA, INRAE, …), but also with key economic players in the area.

Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes is active in the fields of high-performance computing, verification and embedded systems, modeling of the environment at multiple levels, and data science and artificial intelligence. The center is a top-level scientific institute with an extensive network of international collaborations in Europe and the rest of the world.

Context

SPRING – Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare – is a 4-year R&D project fully funded by the European Comission under the H2020 framework. SPRING aims to develop socially assistive robots with the capacity of performing multi-person interactions and open-domain dialogue. The scientific objective of SPRING is to develop a novel paradigm and novel concept of socially-aware robots, and to conceive innovative methods and algorithms for computer vision, audio processing, sensor-based control, and spoken dialog systems based on modern statistical- and deep-learning to ground the required social robot skills. The technological objective of SPRING is to create and launch a brand new generation of robots that are flexible enough to adapt to the needs of the users, and not the other way around. The experimental objective of SPRING is twofold: to validate the technology based on HRI experiments in a gerontology hospital, and to assess its acceptability by patients and medical staff.

The project gathers academic and industrial partners in Italy (Università degli Study di Trento), Czech Republic (České Vysoké Učenı́ Technické v Praze), UK (Heriot-Watt University), Israel (Bar-Ilan University), Spain (PAL Robotics) and France (ERM Automatismes Industriels, Assistance Public Hôpitaux de Paris, and Inria). Frequent travel to visit partners is required (up to 5 times a year).

Assignment

The RobotLearn team offers a development engineer position to work in the field of multi-modal human-robot interaction. The recruited engineer will have the following missions: port the deep learning and other algorithms and software onto a robotic platform; conduct experiments involving the robotic platform and participants; ensure software robustness and re-usability; prepare software for data collection and data annotation. The recruited engineer will work in close collaboration with the group members (researchers, PhD students and development engineers) and with the SPRING partners.

Main activities
  • Developing software for robotic applications that is robust and re-usable.
  • Porting the software onto a robotic platform and validate it via experiments.
  • Skills

    The candidates should have excellent programming skills in Python, and be fluent in English, both written and spoken. The following expertise is highly welcome: working with ROS and developing ROS modules, software development using PyTorch, C++, working with Linux (command line, shell scripting) and cooperative software development (Git, CI, testing, …).

    Benefits package
  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage
  • General Information
  • Theme/Domain : Robotics and Smart environments Software Experimental platforms (BAP E)

  • Town/city : Montbonnot

  • Inria Center : Centre Inria de l'Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Starting date : 2023-03-01
  • Duration of contract : 1 year
  • Deadline to apply : 2023-02-18
  • Contacts
  • Inria Team : ROBOTLEARN
  • Recruiter : Alameda Pineda Xavier / xavier.alameda-pineda@inria.fr
  • About Inria

    Inria is the French national research institute dedicated to digital science and technology. It employs 2,600 people. Its 200 agile project teams, generally run jointly with academic partners, include more than 3,500 scientists and engineers working to meet the challenges of digital technology, often at the interface with other disciplines. The Institute also employs numerous talents in over forty different professions. 900 research support staff contribute to the preparation and development of scientific and entrepreneurial projects that have a worldwide impact.

    Instruction to apply

    Defence Security : This position is likely to be situated in a restricted area (ZRR), as defined in Decree No. 2011-1425 relating to the protection of national scientific and technical potential (PPST).Authorisation to enter an area is granted by the director of the unit, following a favourable Ministerial decision, as defined in the decree of 3 July 2012 relating to the PPST. An unfavourable Ministerial decision in respect of a position situated in a ZRR would result in the cancellation of the appointment.

    Recruitment Policy : As part of its diversity policy, all Inria positions are accessible to people with disabilities.

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