[robotics-worldwide] Job Advert: Research Fellow/Assistant in Humanoid Robotics

K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk K.Dautenhahn at herts.ac.uk
Wed Jun 3 13:54:21 PDT 2009

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First announcement

Research Fellow/Assistant in Humanoid Robotics
Salary per annum: 20,226 - 27,999 GBP (depending on qualifications and

Adaptive Systems Research Group

The University of Hertfordshire
School of Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Reference number for post: EN8869

A postgraduate/postdoctoral Research Assistant/Fellow post is available in 
the EU Framework VII funded project RoboSkin (Skin-Based Technologies and 
Capabilities for Safe, Autonomous and Interactive Robots). This full-time 
research post will allow the postholder to pursue research into humanoid 
robotics as part of a European project. This multidisciplinary project 
consists of several European partners in Italy, UK and Switzerland. The UH 
team is involved in the development of skin-recognition algorithms for 
detecting interaction patterns in human-robot interaction games. The 
development of software for artificial skin on a humanoid robot as well as 
learning and adaptation algorithms, based on previous research expertise by 
the project team, forms a central part in the research. This particular 
post will focus on the implementation of skin recognition algorithms and 
architectures on the humanoid robot KASPAR including rigorous testing of 
the technical as well as human-robot interaction and interface aspects. 
Applicants should have a strong background in robotics hardware, interface 
design as well as Artificial Intelligence approaches towards robot control 
architectures. Experience in humanoid robotics is highly desirable.

The postholder will be a member of the Adaptive Systems Research Group 
(http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/) at University of Hertfordshire in the 
School of Computer Science which includes 30 research staff members 
(postdocs and PhD students). The University of Hertfordshire ranks 27th in 
England for post-2008 RAE-funding in Computer Science and Informatics. The 
highly active and multidisciplinary research group has an excellent 
international research track record including research in human-robot 
interaction, social robotics and robot learning.

Applicants for the post should have a strong postgraduate degree (MSc or 
PhD) in Computer Science or a related area. Applicants are expected to have 
strong qualifications and practical experience in robotics hardware and 
software aspect relevant to humanoid robotics, as well as excellent 
research experience in programming robotics hardware. Experience in 
human-robot interaction is desirable. Applicants are expected to work 
independently, but under guidance of and in close collaboration with other 
team members at UH and other project partner institutions. A postgraduate 
successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue research towards a 
PhD for the duration of the post.

The position is full-time. Work will be based at University of 
Hertfordshire and may include short stays at European partner institutions. 
The position is based on a fixed-term contract. Starting date: 1 July 2009, 
end date 30 April 2012.

All formal applications must be made via the Human Resources
Department at University of Hertfordshire:

The post will appear on the above website within the next few days. 

The above website will allow potential applicants to find out  more
information about the post, including a detailed job and person
specification. Please consult this website in order to evaluate your
suitability for the post.

Closing date: 29/6/2009

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