A researcher in the field of planning and scheduling for the Embedded Systems Research Unit (ES)

The Embedded Systems Research Unit (ES Unit) of the Information and Communication Technology Center of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK-irst), Trento, Italy consists of about 25 people, including researchers, post-docs, PhD students, Master Students, and programmers. The Unit carries out basic and applied research, tool development and technology transfer in the field of automated planning and in the field of design and verification of embedded systems for different applicative contexts,


Current research directions include:

  • Model-based planning and scheduling for robotic systems (e.g., autonomous vehicles, UAVs), factory automation, and process optimizations (with applications in the field of Industry 4.0), leveraging model checking, satisfiability modulo theory, and combining explicit and symbolic search techniques;
  • Model-based on-board autonomy for different vehicles (e.g., AUV, ROV) using planning and scheduling techniques;
  • Model-based execution and monitoring of mission plans and assumptions under which the mission plan have been generated;
  • Model-based recovery relying on planning and scheduling techniques;
  • Formal Verification of complex embedded systems leveraging on model checking techniques;
  • Formal Safety Analysis, based on the integration of traditional and symbolic techniques;
  • Contract-based engineering and contract-based formal verification of aerospace systems using model checking techniques;
  • Formal contract-based verification relying on model checking techniques;
  • Formal Requirements Analysis based on temporal logic checks;
  • Predictive maintenance by combining model based reasoning with machine learning approaches;
  • Satisfiability Modulo Theory, and its application to planning and scheduling, verification of hardware, embedded critical software, and hybrid systems (Verilog, SystemC, C/C++, StateFlow/Simulink, SCADE);
  • Combination of machine learning and symbolic reasoning for predictive maintenance.


More information about the ES Unit is available at http://es.fbk.eu/.


Job Description


The ES Unit has an opening for a PostDoc position in the field of planning and scheduling for industrial applications in the framework of several research and technology transfer projects. The successful candidate will be employed for a period of at least two years (with a trial period of 6 months). She/he will carry out research activities in various aspects of planning and scheduling, and architectures for autonomy applied to the design and implementation of adaptive autonomous systems with critical timing, safety and security requirements. The candidate is expected to perform activities related to the following research topics:


  • Declarative languages to specify planning and scheduling domains, keeping into account controllability, partial observability, timing, and resources issues;
  • Declarative languages to specify conditional time triggered plans suitable to solve complex planning and scheduling problems;
  • Design and implementation of scalable planning and scheduling solution techniques for applications in industrial settings to control autonomous vehicles as well as for factory automation;
  • Design and implementation of formal plan validation techniques to be applied in the planning and scheduling domains, suitable for the verification of conditional time triggered plans;
  • Design and implementation of autonomy architectures encompassing, deliberation, execution and monitoring and interface with low level controls, both for off-line and on-board deployment;
  • Design and implementation of scalable techniques to handle and deal with planning and scheduling domains in continuous spaces (e.g. motion and path planning). 


The candidate is expected to work in collaboration with other researchers, programmers, and students involved in the project. Moreover, the candidate is expected to interact with industrial partners and to spend some time at industrial partner premises.


Job requirements

The ideal candidate should have:

  • PhD in computer science, mathematics or electronic engineering (to be completed by mid 2019);
  • Software development skills (preferably in C, C++, Python or Java);
  • Ability to carry out an independent research program;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and deliver in research and/or industrial projects;
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.

Additional requirements:


In depth previous experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Autonomy Architecture
  • Robotic infrastructures (e.g. ROS)
  • Solid background in logic, temporal logics and property specification languages
  • Symbolic Model Checking
  • Satisfiability Modulo Theory
  • Formal Specification and Analysis of Architectures
  • Software Model Checking



Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract (research profile CCPL)

Gross annual salary: about € 39.300

Working hours: full time 

Start date: January 2019

End Date: December 2020

Workplace: Trento - Povo

Benefits: flexi-time, company subsidized cafeteria or meal vouchers, internal car park, welcome office support for visa formalities, accommodation, social security, etc., reductions on bank account opening fees, public transportation, sport, language course fees.

More info at https://www.welfarefbk.info/



Candidates must submit their application by clicking "Apply online" at the bottom of this page. Please make sure to enclose the following documents with your application (pdf format):

  • Detailed CV
  • Cover Letter (explaining your motivation for this specific position)
  • 3 professional references (e-mails and/or phone numbers)


Application deadline:  20th December 2018


Please read our Regulations on the recruitment and selection of fixed-term personnel (effective from October 15, 2018) before completing your application. 


For further administrative information, please contact the Human Resources Services at jobs@fbk.eu


For technical inquiries about the position, send an e-mail at es-info@fbk.eu.



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