Open Positions

The Swarm Systems Lab at the University of Granada currently has some openings. If your profile does not fit the offer, but you think you are a good match, the lab is always looking for outstanding researchers and students. We run a lab with diverse but strong theoretical and practical backgrounds. Prospective candidates are invited to contact Héctor García de Marina at swarmsystemslab@gmail.com, attaching a CV, research statement, and contact references. If you don’t receive any answer within 3 weeks from your email, your application has not been considered.

Visitors who match our activities are also welcome, although it will depend on our current physical space to host you. If you are interested, email us your motivation and attach your CV with a contact reference.

Why Granada?

Granada is the most popular destination among European exchange students, and it has a welcoming cosmopolitan university. Granada, a safe modern city, also has an outstanding geographical location just 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Coast with its tropical climate, and 30 minutes from the Sierra Nevada ski resort. The world-renowned Alhambra and Generalife palaces, which form the backdrop of Granada’s cityscape, are widely regarded as being among the most outstanding examples of architecture in the world. In 1984 these palaces — along with the labyrinth-like historical quarter known as the Albaicín — became UNESCO world heritage sites, further adding to Granada’s reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Granada has affordable housing for students, a rich culture of gastronomy (tapas!), and it is a cultural hub thanks to its rich historical and cultural legacy. The international airport of Málaga Costa del Sol, constantly connected with Granada, is at 100km, with flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide.

FPU Candidate

Within the Spanish Program Formación Profesorado Universitario, we are looking for an applicant who wants to pursue his/her Ph.D. with us. The application is typically around January.

We offer:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie  postdoctoral fellowship

If you believe we are a good fit for your Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral application focusing on multi-robot systems, do not hesitate and contact us!

Preferably, we would like to prepare the application before summer 2024.

Ph.D. 1

The ERC Starting Grant project Controlling imperfect robot swarms (iSwarm)  seeks one Ph.D. student in Multi-agent systems in Control Theory.

The project questions the current paradigm of fighting imperfections to suppress their “damaging” effects. Conversely, we propose a rigorous control theory to unleash and ally with imperfections, such as dropouts, delays, and scaling/biasing factors in sensors and actuators, as novel distributed control inputs for taming emergent behaviors. This paradigm shift requires new ways of analyzing algorithms and their robot integration at the crossroads between algebraic graph theory, network theory, control, and mechatronics for multi-agent systems.

Your theoretical results are not academic exercises since they will be applied immediately to our fleets of robots. Be ready to incorporate all kinds of real-world imperfections in multi-agent systems models to analyze their impact on the coordination of the swarm. The objective of your Ph.D. is to devise systematic methodologies on how to profit from imperfections for the coordination and synchronization of real-world robotic swarms.

The starting date is in 2024 (preferably within January - October). 

Desired skills:

We offer:

Ph.D. 2

The ERC Starting Grant project Controlling imperfect robot swarms (iSwarm)  seeks one Ph.D. student in  Perception with aerial robot swarms.

The project questions the current paradigm of fighting imperfections to suppress their “damaging” effects. Conversely, we propose a rigorous control theory to unleash and ally with imperfections like those in real-world perception systems. Perception is central to controlling robot swarms without external assistance, e.g., motion capture systems or GPS. Your research will focus on one of these topics to be decided within your first year.

AI is a relevant part of robot perception, and we acknowledge its tremendous benefits. However, methodologies based on rigorous math and physics over total black-box approaches are always preferable in our group. Perception sensors will be primarily based on fusing radio, LIDAR, and vision.

The starting date is in 2024 (preferably within January - October). 

Desired skills:

We offer: