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The Geomatics Division of CTTC invites applications for a research assistant position in its Geodesy and Navigation Department.

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The Geomatics Division of CTTC invites applications for a research assistant position in its Geodesy and Navigation Department.


We are looking for a junior researcher interested in and capable of developing a new Inertial Navigation System (INS) -based surveying pole. This activity is related to an original INS-based procedure patented by the CTTC (iPOLE prototype).

In particular, the candidate will be required to help evolving the current iPOLE prototype to a pre-commercial one. Current GNSS-inclinable surveying pole systems rely on magnetometer sensors. The use of these types of sensor implies performance degradation when operating near magnetic fields. iPOLE, based on inertial sensors, provides a new approach to ranging pole systems, able to provide requested performance even when working near magnetic fields.

The work to be done will involve: (i) review and improvement of the existing system drivers (C++ software); (ii) development of a graphical user interface; (iii) planning and carrying out exhaustive testing and validation campaigns to assess the performance of the surveying pole; and (iv) documentation and dissemination activities, including visits to commercial fairs or scientific conferences.


Interested candidates must be strongly motivated and hold a degree in the areas of surveying, geoinformation, computer science, or related areas. They should demonstrate oral and written Spanish and English communication skills.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate background in as many as possible areas out of the following list:

    Previous experience in the use and principles of surveying poles, total stations and topographic instrumentation.
    Demonstrated programming skills in C/C++, Javascript, HTML and/or Python.
    Graphical Interface design and development.
    Experience in the design and implementation of test campaigns.


Interested candidates will be evaluated considering the following aspects:

    Experience in topographic survey.
    Operational experience with topographic instrumentation.
    Knowledge of GNSS: theory and practice.
    Programming skills.
    Experience in interface design and development.
    Experience in validation and testing activities.
    Previous research experience: publication track and previous R&D projects.
    English and Spanish proficiency.
    Catalan skills are appreciated.



The contract duration for the potential position would be until 31st December 2021. The position is associated to a multi-year contract, funded through the AGAUR agency.

The salary will be in the range of 24-29 k€ (gross per year). Professional category and salary will be determined according to qualifications and work experience.


Researchers interested in joining the Geodesy and Navigation Department should send their curriculum vitae, including list of publications, and the names and addresses of at least two referees. These documents should be sent in PDF format through this online application, which will remain open during 1 month starting from 15 September 2020. CVs and any other information gathered during this process will be handled confidentially.


Procedencia RedIRIS
País España
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