[Comp-neuro] Post-doc position in biorobotics at Edinburgh

Barbara Webb bwebb at inf.ed.ac.uk
Tue Jan 29 19:00:35 CET 2008

School of Informatics

Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour

Postdoctoral Research Position in Biorobotics

Neuromorphic Sensorimotor Integration for Legged Locomotion (NSILL)

Vacancy Reference No: 3008530

A 3-year research post is available with Dr. Barbara Webb's Insect
Robotics Group on the EPSRC funded project "Neuromorphic Sensorimotor
Integration for Legged Locomotion" (NSILL).  The project is in
collaboration with Prof. Alan Murray of the Neural Networks Group,
School of Engineering and Electronics, and has as its aim the design,
simulation and hardware realisation of neural circuits for visual
depth extraction, adaptive gait control, and sensorimotor integration
and learning which will be implemented on a hexapod robot that will
predictively adapt its gait to complex terrain.

The available position will principally involve design and
construction (with workshop support) of a six-legged robot based on
insect models, including appropriate sensor mechanisms; developing the
robot interface to flexibly integrate software and hardware
controllers; and experimental evaluation of the control approaches. It
will also have direct input into the development of the control

The candidate should ideally hold a PhD in robotics, motor control, or
a closely related field; and preferably have some familiarity with
neuroscience and computational modelling of biology, especially of

The preferred start date is April, 2008.

Initial inquiries should be addressed to Barbara Webb: bwebb at inf.ed.ac.uk

Salary Scale and Grade

The post is on the UE07 scale (27,466 - 32,796 GBP) with annual increments and
full staff benefits. Placement for the post is according to experience and

Application Procedure

On-line applications are encouraged.  Please follow the on-line application
procedure at www.jobs.ed.ac.uk

Alternatively, please complete and return the application form to Ms. Irene
Madison, The Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour (IPAB), School of
Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Room 2107, James Clerk Maxwell
Building, The King's Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ

Closing Date:  15 February 2008

Please quote reference no: 3008530

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