[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc position in anguiliform swimming robots

Auke Ijspeert auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch
Wed Jun 23 13:08:53 PDT 2010

    Postdoc position in anguiliform swimming robots

The Biorobotics Laboratory (BIOROB, http://biorob.epfl.ch/) at EPFL 
(Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open postdoc in anguilliform swimming 
robots. The position is part of ANGELS, a European project funded by the 
Future and Emerging Technologies program (see 
<http://www.theangelsproject.org/tiki-index.php>). The position is for 
18 months starting from September 2010. EPFL offers attractive salaries 
and excellent facilities.


The goal of this European project is to design, construct, and control 
anguilliform swimming robots equipped with an electric sense for 
electrolocation and communication like observed in some electric fishes.

The responsibility of the postdoc will be to participate to the design 
of swimming controllers based on the concept of central pattern 
generators, i.e. systems of coupled nonlinear oscillators, and to 
develop algorithms for sensorimotor coordination and group swimming 
using the electric sense. These algorithms will be tested on the 
swimming robots developed at EPFL (see 
<http://biorob2.epfl.ch/utils/movieplayer.php?id=62> and 
biorob.epfl.ch/page38269.html <http://biorob.epfl.ch/page38269.html>) 
and as part of the consortium. 


Candidates need to have a PhD degree (e.g. in Robotics, Computer 
Science, Physics, or Mechanical Engineering). The ideal candidate for 
this position should have a good publication record in areas related to 
the project, e.g. in robotics (in particular the control of swimming 
robots) and nonlinear dynamical systems (e.g. systems of coupled 
nonlinear oscillators). 

    How to apply:

The application to the position should consist of a motivation letter 
(explaining why you are interested in the project, and why you feel 
qualified for it), a CV, and a list of publications. Two (or more) 
letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees (e.g. 
thesis adviser and professors who have supervised a research project) to 
Prof. Auke Ijspeert (emails are preferred).

Informal inquiries about the relevance of an application can be sent to 
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch, but responses can be slow because of a heavy 
schedule and a filled mail box.

    Deadline and starting date:

Applications will be considered continuously until the position is 
filled. The ideal starting date is the *1st of September 2010* (or as 
soon as possible after that date).


Information concerning the type of research carried out by the group can 
be found at http://biorob.epfl.ch/
Please send your application and any inquiry by email to

Prof. Auke Jan Ijspeert <http://biorob.epfl.ch/page38158.html>, 
auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch <mailto:auke.ijspeert at epfl.ch>
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
INN 237 <http://plan.epfl.ch/?room=INN237>
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
WWW: http://biorob.epfl.ch/

Prof Auke Jan Ijspeert 
Associate Professor

Biorobotics Laboratory
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
Station 14, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland 

Office: INN 237     Tel: +41 21 693 2658,    Fax: +41 21 693 3705
www: http://biorob.epfl.ch           Email: Auke.Ijspeert at epfl.ch

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