Postdoc position @ Autopia

The Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR), joint research institute of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of navigation/decision-making for automated and connected vehicles.

CSIC is the largest public multidisciplinary research organization in Spain. It has a staff of more than 10000 employees, among these more than 3200 scientists and about 3800 pre and post-doctoral researchers. The CSIC has 116 Institutes and Centres distributed throughout Spain. It has considerable experience in both participating and managing R&D projects and training grants. Under the first 2 years of H2020, CSIC obtained 203 projects with an EU financial contribution of 88.5 million euros.

Within CAR, AUTOPIA ( has a solid experience in providing intelligence to automated vehicle systems in specific situations where communication and interaction abilities may permit to solve understanding-decision dilemmas of isolated self-driving cars. The group has a growing interest in decision-making architectures where driver intentions and skills can be adopted at different assistance levels (from SAE L2 to L4). The influence of perception, localization and mapping on this decision-making and road interactions are key research questions that articulate AUTOPIA scientific activity.

The successful candidate will conduct his/her research activities at Autopia group, in the CAR site of Arganda del Rey (Madrid). Salary will be determined depending on the experience and skills of the candidate. Duration will be initially for two years with the option to extend for more years, depending on work record.

The work to be carried out will be to support, according to the candidate’s abilities, the research activity of Autopia group within the framework of the European projects PRYSTINE, SECREDAS, NEWCONTROL and UBIMFC, as well as in 3 R&D contracts with companies that will start in the last quarter of 2019. All projects orbit around the decision-making, planning and control of automated and connected vehicles.

We are looking for highly-motivated young scientists with a background and PhD Doctorate in Control Engineering, Robotics, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering or related fields. Demonstrable experience in at least two of the following fields will be required:

  • Advanced control of mechanical systems
  • Movement Planning
  • Tele-operation
  • V2X Communications
  • Man-machine interfaces

Candidates please contact Jorge Villagra, ( by 30th September 2019, including:

  • an updated short CV with complete publication list
  • cover letter describing background and motivation
  • two letters of recommendation