[robotics-worldwide] Two Postdoc Opportunities in Bioinspired Robotics, North of London, UK

Daley, Monica mdaley at rvc.ac.uk
Sat Jun 5 03:57:18 PDT 2010

Structure and Motion Laboratory
Near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
>From £30.3Kpa inclusive
Two year contract

We're looking for two postdoctoral researchers to join the Structure and Motion Group, to work on interdisciplinary research projects in the area of comparative neuromechanics. You will work as part of an exciting interdisciplinary team at the interface of biomechanics, neurophysiology, robotics engineering and dynamical systems theory.

Post A will examine how legged animals move on soft terrain and uneven terrain and test hypothetical control architectures developed from the animal data in an existing multi-legged robot. For this post, you should have a PhD in engineering (robotics, computer science, electrical, mechanical or biomechanical), physics or maths discipline, knowledge of programming in C under Linux or similar. 

Post B will focus on the development of theoretical models of biped locomotion, analysing the stability, robustness and energy cost of alternative control strategies. The goal is to develop models of bipedal locomotion based on ground birds, and test these models as control targets in a new bipedal robot, in collaboration with the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University. For this post you should have a PhD in physics, math, engineering or a related field and have a good understanding of dynamical systems theory.

A high degree of integration within the team is expected; the responsibilities will therefore overlap and depend on individual skills and interests. For both posts, you will be a team player, keen to study moving animals and develop new robotic control systems, with a passion for undertaking high quality research and addressing questions in neuromechanical control.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Monica Daley (mdaley at rvc.ac.uk) or Dr Andrew Spence (aspence at rvc.ac.uk).  Further information on the Structure and Motion Group can be found at http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Index.cfm

We offer a generous reward package including a final salary pension scheme. 

For further information and to apply online, please visit http://jobs.rvc.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=VBS-0090-10 

We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date:   30th June 2010
Interviews are likely to be held on 28th July 2010

Monica A Daley, PhD 
Lecturer in Locomotor Biomechanics 
Structure and Motion Laboratory 
The Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane 
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL9 7TA United Kingdom
mdaley at rvc.ac.uk 

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