[robotics-worldwide] Post-Doc/RA position in Modular Reconfigurable/Evolutionary Robotics, The University of Sheffield

Roderich Gross r.gross at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed May 8 03:54:43 PDT 2013


The closing date is approaching: 15th May 2013.

Post-Doc/RA position - Modular Reconfigurable and Evolutionary Robotic Systems

Detailed information:
http://naturalrobotics.group.shef.ac.uk/UOS006388.html

The University of Sheffield, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate (postdoctoral researcher) to work on the EPSRC-sponsored project 'Evo-Bots - From Intelligent Building Blocks to Living Things':
http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/K033948/1

This post offers an outstanding opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Our long-term vision is to create the first non-biological living system through evolution in the natural
world. The project takes arguably a radical approach: creating living systems by synthesising their building blocks from scratch. The research programme will study Evo-bots, which are energy-autonomous mobile robots / mechatronic modules. Evo-bots control when to move; however, their direction of motion is entirely dictated by the environment. By controlling how Evo-bots physically interact with each other (a process called self-assembly), the system can give rise to novel forms of life and its evolution.

The post holder will be working in Dr Roderich Gross' Natural Robotics Lab (http://naturalrobotics.group.shef.ac.uk). The lab is part of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (http://www.scentro.ac.uk), which offers a brand-new robotics laboratory of ca. 800 sq m.

The position will incur a regular exchange with and visits of Dr Francesco Mondada's group at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Lausanne, Switzerland.http://mobots.epfl.ch/

Applicants should have a good honours degree, hold, or be near completion of, a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in a related discipline such as robotics, mechatronics, electrical engineering,
mechanical engineering, or computer science, and have a track record of research and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. The successful applicant will have knowledge in system design, rapid prototyping, embedded computing, sensors and their processing, actuators and their control and have good overall IT skills. Previous research experience in the design, implementation and study of miniature robotic/mechatronic systems is highly desirable.

The post is fixed-term from 1 June 2013 to 1 August 2014.

Salary in the range: GBP 28,685 to GBP 30,424 per annum

Closing Date: 15th May 2013

The University of Sheffield is committed to achieving excellence through inclusion. We are an Athena Bronze SWAN Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer.

To apply, visithttps://www.shef.ac.uk/jobs  (Job reference number: UOS006388). Please note that pop-up windows must not be blocked!

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Roderich GROSS, PhD SMIEEE
Lecturer and Head of the Natural Robotics Lab
Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Mappin Street
Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
http://www.shef.ac.uk/acse/staff/roderich-gross



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