[robotics-worldwide] TWO Postdoctoral Fellowships in ML for Robotics and Adaptive Control @ Edinburgh, UK: App Deadline Jan 15!!

Sethu Vijayakumar sethu.vijayakumar at ed.ac.uk
Thu Jan 7 07:40:38 PST 2010


TWO Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Machine Learning for Robotics and 
Adaptive Control

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the  
area of Learning Robotics and Adaptive Control as part of an EU-IST FP7 
funded project STIFF dealing with variable impedance actuation. The 
posts are available from Feb. 2010 for a maximum of 23 months and 
located in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. 
Salary is on the UE07 scale (£29,704 - £35,469) with annual increments 
and full staff benefits. Placement for the post is according to 
experience and qualifications.

The successful candidates will have a PhD (or expected completion) in 
the area of (learning) robotics, probabilistic machine learning and/or 
adaptive motor control;  have strong fundamental skills in statistical 
machine learning, optimization and basic control theory and some 
familiarity of concepts such as reinforcement learning and optimal 
feedback control. The appointees will have to opportunity for hands-on 
implementation of adaptive control paradigms on biophysical simulations 
and on state-of-the-art novel variable impedance actuators and 
anthropomorphic robotic systems such as the  KUKA LWR arm and the Schunk 
hand. .

Both posts will involve travelling to project partner meetings around 
Europe(DLR Germany, CNRS Paris, Delft Netherlands, IDSIA Switzerland), 
preparing and presenting material for periodic reporting at EU reviews 
and attending and disseminating work at international conferences. The 
posts also assume leadership roles and some level of PhD supervision on 
topics relevant to the project.

More details of the job, the research group and application procedure 
can be found at:
http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3012111 


Applicants are asked to submit your curriculum vitae including a 
*statement of interest* justifying your suitability for the post  and 
contact details of two referees using the online application procedure 
from the link above.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2010
Interviews: late Jan/early Feb 2010

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Sethu Vijayakumar 
(sethu.vijayakumar at ed.ac.uk)

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Sethu Vijayakumar, Ph.D.              Reader (Associate Professor)
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URL: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/svijayak Ph: +44(0)131 651 3444
SLMC Research Group URL: http://www.ipab.informatics.ed.ac.uk/slmc
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