[robotics-worldwide] Two Postdoctoral and/or PhD positions in Biorobotics at Bielefeld University, Germany

Axel Schneider axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de
Tue Jan 18 11:54:59 PST 2011


Two Postdoctoral and/or PhD positions in Biorobotics at Bielefeld 
University, Germany

In the EU-funded FP7-Project EMICAB (Embodied Motion Intelligence for 
Cognitive, Autonomous Robots), the University of Bielefeld (Germany) 
invites applications for

TWO POSITIONS as RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (Post-Doc or PhD student)

for the duration of three years. The salary scale typically ranges 
between 38300 and 44800 Eur p.a. (according to E13 TV-L West, German 
public service), depending on work experience. The positions are 
remunerated between 50% and 100% E13 according to qualification of the 
applicant.

The positions on offer are embedded into an excellent interdisciplinary 
environment with intensive contacts to various facilities and workgroups 
of Bielefeld University. In particular, this includes the Center of 
Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology, CITEC. The EU-project 
(www.emicab.eu) as a whole is formed by the Biomechatronics lab and the 
Neuroethology lab of Bielefeld University (coordinator), a Systems 
Engineering lab at the University of Catania, Italy, a Sensor Technology 
lab at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, and a 
Neurogenetics lab at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Goal of the EMICAB-project is the abstraction of neuro-ethological and 
neuro-genetic research results in the context of autonomous walking 
movements to generate artificial neural network models for intelligent 
behaviour. In parallel, a novel six-legged walking robot is being 
assembled and – within the project – expanded by rich body sensorisation 
and additional actuation. The integration of bio-inspired, intelligent 
control algorithms on an efficient walking robot allows autonomous, 
goal-directed locomotion and shapes the command of complex, cognitive 
behaviour like, for instance, object manipulation and mental planning.

THE FIRST POSITION is available in the area of technical sensorimotor 
functions and robotics. As a prerequisite, the applicant should hold a 
university master or diploma degree, preferably in engineering (e.g., 
mechatronics, electrical engineering or control engineering) or computer 
science (e.g., robotics, technical computer science). We are 
particularly interested in candidates with a background in electronics 
design, control of electrical drive systems and sensor systems as well 
as in the area of mechanical construction. Strong programming skills and 
advanced mathematical competence are expected. Participation in 
administrative and organizational tasks of the EU-project is also expected.

THE SECOND POSITION is placed within the field of bio-inspired 
algorithms and software development. As a prerequisite, the applicant 
should hold a university master or diploma degree, preferably in the 
field of computer science (if possible with a focus on sensor fusion, 
stochastic or neural models or time series analysis). Strong programming 
skills and advanced mathematical competence are expected. Participation 
in administrative and organizational tasks of the EU-project is also 
expected.

Bielefeld University is an equal opportunity employer and therefore 
especially encourages women to apply. In the case of comparable 
competences and qualification, women will preferably be considered if 
there are no dominating reasons arising from the person of another 
applicant. Bielefeld University also encourages disabled people to 
apply. Part-time employment is possible.

Please send your application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV 
and transcripts as well as the name and contact information of two 
references) – also electronically in pdf-format – until 15. March 2011.

Contacts:
Dr. Axel Schneider, Bielefeld University, Faculty of Technology, 
P.O.-Box 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany (e-mail: 
axel.schneider at uni-bielefeld.de)

Prof. Dr. Volker Dürr / Prof. Dr. Josef Schmitz, Bielefeld University, 
Faculty of Biology, P.O.-Box 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany (e-mail: 
{volker.duerr, josef.schmitz}@uni-bielefeld.de)



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