This position is offered at the INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes Research Center of INRIA, located near Grenoble (South-Eastern part of France). Over 700 people are working there within 34 research groups and 10 support services. The candidate will work under Dr. Thierry Fraichard’s guidance. The position is for three years and should start between September and December 2011. The starting salary for a Ph.D is ~1950€ gross/month (including standard health coverage).This PhD is in the scope of an INRIA research initiative called “Personally Assisted Living” (PAL) whose broader purpose is to develop technologies useful to assist disabled and old people in their daily lives . In this framework, it is planned to develop a mobility aid such as an automated wheelchair that could operate autonomously in indoor and outdoor environments among people
Interested candidates holding a Master degree in Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, or other related fields are invited to apply for admission. Fluency in English is required and knowledge of French is a plus. The candidate should be experienced in software development in C/C++ language under Linux. Any additional experience in Robotics research is welcome. Nationality is not taken into consideration. International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support for visa issues, relocation, etc.