[Comp-neuro] Two postdoc positions in comparative neuromechanics, Structure and Motion Lab, UK

Spence, Andrew aspence at rvc.ac.uk
Thu Jun 10 14:36:08 CEST 2010


 

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions - Control of legged locomotion

 

Structure and Motion Laboratory

Near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England From £30.3Kpa inclusive of London allowance Two year contract

 

We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers to join the dynamic and successful 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 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

 

Closing date:   30th June 2010

Interviews are likely to be held on 28th July 2010 We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

 

 

 

Andrew Spence
RCUK Academic Research Fellow
Structure and Motion Laboratory
Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms, Hatfield
Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
+44 (0) 1707 666988

mailto:aspence at rvc.ac.uk

http://www.rvc.ac.uk/sml/People/andrewspence.cfm

 

 

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