Post-doc scholarship on drone capture planning and control

Applications are invited for a fully funded Post-doc Scholarship, at the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal. The selected candidate will be part of the research team of project CAPTURE (, addressing the use of a shuttle drone for launch and capture other vehicles in cooperative and non-cooperative scenarios, with a deep focus on efficient drones for each type of mission.

This position targets candidates holding a PhD degree (or equivalent). The selected candidate is expected to work on the following topics, depending on the selected candidate’s background, preference, and experience: multiple and heterogeneous vehicle planning, non-cooperative planning strategies, on-line planning and control, multi-vehicle close interaction and control to achieve capture and launching maneuvers, environment perception and simultaneous localization and mapping, as well as vehicle and sensor integration for experimental testing.

The research will be conducted at the Dynamic Systems and Ocean Robotics group of the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) (, supervised by Bruno Guerreiro and also in close interaction with the rest of the project and group research team. ISR/IST is the home to more than 40 PhDs and part of the LARSyS (Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems – ISR/IST is engaged in a new generation of research challenges pushing the frontiers of knowledge, while offering world-class doctoral training with top universities (e.g. dual/joint degrees with MIT, EPFL, CMU) and fueling the collaboration with industry. ISR/IST develops state-of-the-art engineering solutions and projects with a clear societal impact, and has a long track record of participation in EU and other international projects (

Requirements: the candidates are expected to have a PhD of equivalent degree with strong background in control, robotics, computer science, aerospace or mechatronics engineering or a mix of these areas. Good programming skills in Matlab, C++, Python, and experience with ROS, are also welcome. The working language is English, so good written and oral communication skills are also required.

Application info:
– Deadline: 8-March-2023
– Institutional announcement:
– Application submitted by email to:

Contract info:
– Duration: 12 months (full time)
– Foreseen starting date: April 2021
– Monthly salary: 1686,00€ (12 times per year, tax free)
– Other conditions: Social protection and free (with small access fees) healthcare in public network
– Work place: ISR-Lisbon – IST Alameda campus, Lisbon, Portugal

Documents to be submitted:
– B1 Form (
– Curriculum Vitae (structured according to the announcement);
– Academic degree certificate;
– Motivation letter;
– Declaration on honour that the applicant does not exceed with this contract an accumulated period of
three years in this type of fellowship, continuously or with interruptions, within the Portuguese technological and scientific
system, and that the research work that led to the PhD degree was carried out in a different entity from the host
institution of the fellowship.

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